The 19 most interesting products at the PGA Merchandise Show
This week, hundreds of companies flocked to Orlando to show off their latest and greatest products at the PGA Merchandise Show.
Here are some of our favorites from the first three days.
1. The Power Tee takes all the work out of the driving range except for, you know, playing golf. Fill the holder with balls, select your tee height, and start swinging.
2. Itobori Grind golf clubs are made solely by one man using nothing but hand tools. The clubs are left chipped rather than smoothed out to allow for better heat dispersion (and also to look beautiful).
3. At Demo Day earlier this week, Bryson DeChambeau talked about why he prefers Cobra’s One Length irons: they simplify the game, allowing for the same swing for every club. Fair enough.
Bryson DeChambeau explains his preference for same-length irons: "same posture, same swing" pic.twitter.com/c0sZlyq8iL— PGA.COM (@PGAcom) January 24, 2017
4/5/6. These three items were 2017’s new product winners.
1. Ever wanted your golf bag to follow you around like a robotic puppy? If so, these remote-controlled carriers from MGI are for you.
2. Sure, there are plenty of ways to trick out your golf cart with new gadgets and toys, but this may be one of the best (and most stylish) ways to stand out on the course.
3. SmartBallGolf tells you where your club hits the ground. Green and a few yellows are good, avoid the reds.
4. Yeah, we’ve seen Bubba’s Oakley jetpack before, but that doesn’t make the second time any less cool.
5. Tiger Woods announced his new deal with TaylorMade Wednesday morning, so of course the M2 driver that will be in his bag was on display at the show:
6. Could you survive the zombie apocalypse with your golf swing? Foresight Golf wants to find out.
Tuesday (Demo Day):
1. No, that’s not a straightjacket, it’s the Golf Swing Shirt, a training aid meant to help golfers fix their swing instantly. One of the stranger looking products at Demo Day, Golf Swing Shirt works by compressing your range of motion to keep the arms functioning in a unified triangle.
The Golf Swing Shirt in action. pic.twitter.com/jLF6JjP783— PGA.COM (@PGAcom) January 24, 2017
2/3. Combining Tiger Woods with Tony Hawk, the Golf Skate Caddy and GolfBoard, two stand-up electric boards are a nifty alternative to a golf cart. The boards are both controlled by a throttle on bar in front and steered by leaning your body, and while they take some getting used to, they allow great mobility (and great fun) out on the course.
Ever played a round on one of these? pic.twitter.com/4CHuhEF1At— PGA.COM (@PGAcom) January 24, 2017
4. Released in the Netherlands for the past two years, Best of Bikes is a motorcycle-golf-cart-hybrid that debuted in the United States for the first time at Demo Day. The electric bike has two seats, a bag holder, and boasts more than 36 holes on one battery charge.
5. Tee shot: 89 dB
Greens Mower: 100dB
Frog Croaking: 108 dB
Yamaha QuiTech EFI: 61 dB
That’s the decibel rating of just a handful of things you might hear at your course this year, according to Yamaha. The motor company’s newest addition to its golf cart lineup, the QuiTech EFI is a gas powered cart that’s just 1.5 decibels louder than most electric cars.
6. Speaking of quiet rides, are you looking for a near-silent method of transportation on the course that you can also take straight home? The Golf Bike might be for you.
7. The ToughLie 360 is a driving range add-on that rotates, you guessed it, 360 degrees to allow the golfer to practice hitting off of nearly any lie they might encounter on the course.