LAS VEGAS -- The 2012 PGA Fall Expo kicked off with ever-popular Demo Night just off the Vegas Strip on Monday. I made the shuttle ride down from the Ventian to the Callaway Golf Center to see what I could see. As always, I saw some awesome things.
Innovations Golf is showing a putter that takes alignment to the extreme. It’s a clear mallet with multicolor lines that show up unless the putter is perfectly level to the ground and your eyes are directly over the putter head.
Foresight Sports showed off the most impressive technology I saw all night. Its product is a launch monitor that not only is very portable but also can measure short-game shots like lobs, chips and pitches. Additionally, the company claims its device is that it’s as accurate as any launch monitor on the market but at a fraction of the cost of others. More than 50 tour players and all the big manufacturers have bought in.
One of the coolest ideas here at Demo Night came from Kwik Golf. It’s basically a three-hole plastic ball-and-club game you play against the clock. The concept sounds so simple, but it’s highly addictive. Originally designed for kids, it's become a big hit with adults who try it as well.
With the trend toward lower and lighter golf shoes, spikes have been getting left behind. Not so with Barefoot B.E.R.B.S, which is billed as golf's first minimalist cleated shoes. These lightweight, water-resistant shoes contain five cleats -- they don't look fancy but are certainly unique.
I just arrived in Vegas, but I doubt I'll find anything cooler than the IQ Massager. It's a small therapeutic massager that contains two electronic pads that attach to any area of the body and provides electronic stimulation from the main unit, which is about the size of an iPod. You know those super deluxe massage chairs that cost as much as a car that everyone loves? These retail for $299. If I do decent at the blackjack table, I'll be returning with one of these.
As always, Demo Night enjoyed a good turnout, showed off some great products and shared a lot of fun and laughter – exactly the way the PGA Expo should start. It's going to be a great time.