Top products and inventions named at Show
ORLANDO, Fla. -- PGA Show Week began on Wednesday, Jan. 23, with the 11th anniversary of the PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day at the Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge in Winter Garden, Fla. More than 7,000 PGA Professionals and invited retailers tested the latest products from 100-plus golf equipment, training aids, performance wear and golf accessory companies. The outdoor event also featured for the first time new Instructional Workshops presented by leading PGA instructors Hank Haney, Michael Breed and Mike Malaska, who provided insight into becoming a world class teacher, instructor, and coach to today's golfers.
The PGA Merchandise Show traditionally attracts international industry leaders, top CEOs, influential retailers and scores of celebrity endorsers from the realms of professional golf, golf instruction and entertainment. Davis Love III, the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain and winner of the 1997 PGA Championship, joined PGA of America Officials in the grand opening and was among a long list of participating celebrities at this year's industry-only PGA Merchandise Show including Annika Sorenstam, Ian Poulter, Dottie Pepper, Jesper Parnevik, Luke Donald, Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis, Lexi Thompson, Blair O'Neal, Anna Nordqvist, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Lee Trevino, Nancy Lopez, Meg Mallon, Stacy Lewis, Butch Harmon, David Toms, Hank Haney, Michael Breed, Suzann Pettersen and more.
In addition to the busy marketplace among nearly 10 miles of Show aisles in the Orange County Convention Center, Show days were full of professional learning opportunities during industry presentations at the PGA Forum Stage, in the new PGA Education Conference and at daily presentations on the FIT to W.I.N. stage, sponsored by the Titleist Performance Institute.
Attendees also enjoyed an energetic PGA Show floor featuring interactive exhibits, hundreds of vendor specials and promotions; plus some 47 equipment testing bays at the Indoor Demo Days; a centralized New Product Zone for a one-stop shopping of the newest golf merchandise; a new Fashion Showcase and Lounge; an Inventor's Spotlight Pavilion for patented products not yet available at retail and numerous specialty exhibitor pavilions including a new PGA Golf Travel Pavilion, PGA Partners Pavilion, New Exhibitor Discovery Zone, and several international exhibitor pavilions.
PGA Merchandise Show Winners
Award-winning PGA Professionals and top golf buyers voted three new products as the top new products among new merchandise displayed in the PGA Show New Product Zone. 2013 winning products were:
· CamCaddy Pro, smart phone stand to record your golf swing, www.camcaddypro.com
· Pukka, custom mobile case for the iPhone 5, www.pukkainc.com
· Vibram Five Fingers, innovators in the toe shoe category, www.vibramfivefingers.com
Organized in partnership with the United Inventors Association (UIA) and InventionHome, the Inventor's Spotlight pavilion on the Show floor showcased golf inventions not yet available at retail. During the PGA Merchandise Show Week, UIA and InventionHome awarded top inventors.