Knowing The Show - COPIED

By Brian HewittFebruary 2, 2007, 5:00 pm
2007 PGA Merchandise ShowORLANDO, Fla. -- The 54th PGA Merchandise Show is Golfapalooza; All Things Golf; We Are The World And It Is Golf.
 
More than 1200 interactive exhibits; 400 companies new to this trade show that is taking place Thursday-Saturday in Orlando; Fashion Shows; Cocktail parties.
 
So little time. So many booths to visit.
 
The following is an attempt to highlight a few you might have missed because of the glare emanating from the floor space occupied by the industry giants:
 
Jon Reese, one of the most respected minds among Illinois teaching pros once told me the three most important things in golf are alignment, alignment and alignment.
 
Stance Minder, designed by former Tour Pro Larry Hinson, basically gets the player into the same position and orientation every time in relation to the target, the ball and the specific club used.
 
Harvey Penick used to remind his students not to miss a shot before they struck it. This is what Stance Minder is all about. For more on this device go to www.StanceMinder.com.
 
Meanwhile the choices for stylish womens golf clothing have historically underserved the demand.
 
But you will immediately notice this not to be the case when you see Titania Golfs line. Owner/designer Vonny Collison wanted to bring fashion to the golf course while using fabrics and styles that performed well and were durable.
 
She has succeeded. And players, including LPGA star Rachel Hetherington, Big Break Vs Jeanne Cho and teenage sensation Dakoda Dowd, have noticed and are wearing Titania product. Contact: www.Titaniagolf.com.
 
How about more team golf at more levels? Could our Ryder Cup fortunes benefit?
 
Something called the Pro Team Golf League is scheduled to begin this summer. And Tom Lehman, Americas most recent Ryder Cup captain is endorsing because of the unprecedented support it offers golfers working their way through the ranks. The opportunity to play together on a team and build camaraderie, while being paid consistently is very unique to the sport. Contact: www.PTGL.com.
 
If your energy wanes during a round of golf you might want to look into 5-HOUR ENERGY. Its a canned drink that promises hours of energy now. But it also offers this caveat: Contains about as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. Contact: www.5hour energy.com.
 
If you are looking for a pair of golf shoes that people will notice, first this warning: Taste is a matter of opinion. That being said, you might want to check out the latest collaboration from Puma and J. Lindeberg. Its called the JL Classic. Contact: www.puma.com or www.jlindeberg.com.
 
Weve heard about the one-plane and two-plane swings. Now a company called Bentley Kinetics can analyze your golf swing in 3-D and, according to its gospel, more effectively identify swing patterns that can not be seen with the human eye or video. Be prepared for a vest with sensors. Contact: www.k-vest.com.
 
Speaking of 3-D, how about Bionic? Thats the name of a company that makes a golf glove that helps increase hand strength by nearly eight per cent, two and a half times more than a standard glove. Contact: www.bionicgloves.com.
 
You wont be wearing these on the golf course but you might want to look at the leather jackets (if youre into leather jackets) offered by Bobby Jones. Very stylish. Contact: www.bobbyjonesshop.com.
 
The best looking golf-shoe-that-looks-like-a-running-shoe that Ive seen comes from Bite. Its called the Vibe AC. Contact: www.biteshoes.com.
 
If you have a yen to Get Your Swirl On check out the Dry-Point features of Lord Daniel Sportswear. Retail price points will simply amaze the performance marketplace, says CEO Brett Stern. Contact: www.palmland.com.
 
Tifosi Optics will be glad to put you in their enthusiastic eyewear. Tifosi is the Italian word for enthusiast. The technology started with a need to provide a brand for the cycling industry. Enthusiastic, I would add, is in the eye of the beholder. Contact: www.tifosioptics.com.
 
And how could we not mention Butthead Covers. Picture tiny critters, like, say, a bumblebee, designed to be a head cover, and going on your driver or fairway woods bass ackwards. First there was the Tiny Hiny line. Now theres Bootyful People. These are whimsical head covers. Butthead promises to turn golf upside down. Contact: www.info@buttheadcovers.com.
 
Out of Bounds, commonly known as OB is a bad thing in golf. BO is even worse. So Dunning Golf offers apparel that, among other things, has an anti-microbial for excellent odour control. Contact: www.dunninggolf.com.
 
Finally, for the golfer who has everything, a company called Mettlemark is out with jewelry that doubles as a ball marker. Product is offered in sterling silver and 18k gold. Mettlemark fine jewelry, says the companys press release, retails from $240 to $3500. Contact: missy@mettlemark.com.
 
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    Fleetwood flawless en route to Abu Dhabi lead

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 2:06 pm

    New year, same results for Tommy Fleetwood.

    The reigning Race to Dubai champ picked up where he left off in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, carding a bogey-free 66 during which the Englishman found all 18 greens in regulation. At 6 under, he shares the lead with Japan's Hideto Tanihara and sits one shot clear of five other players.

    "Very stress-free. Played really well from start to finish," Fleetwood said. "Felt like I did what you need to do around this golf course, which is drive it well, hit your irons solid. You can't really be too greedy a lot of the time, and then sort of my pace putting was really good. So basically just did what you need to do to get a good score around this golf course, and I got one."


    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


    Fleetwood shined in a marquee grouping that included world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, as he birdied three holes on each nine. This is his first worldwide start since a T-3 finish at the Hero World Challenge.

    It was at this event a year ago that Fleetwood sparked a career campaign, edging Johnson and Pablo Larrazabal for the win. He added another win at the French Open in the summer to go along with a pair of runner-up results and a T-4 finish at the U.S. Open, all of which helped him capture the European Tour's season-long title.

    Fleetwood's sudden success in Abu Dhabi serves as a microcosm for his career resurgence. Prior to last year's victory, he had missed the cut in four of his five other trips to this event.

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    Sergio starts season with 66 in Singapore

    By Associated PressJanuary 18, 2018, 12:56 pm

    SINGAPORE – Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.

    Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.

    He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning.

    Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather.

    Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron.



    The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33.

    ''I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly,'' said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par 5s and one of the par 3s on the second nine. ''But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round.''

    Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season.

    He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead.

    Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

    Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last.

    ''I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course,'' Kitayama said. ''I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.''

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    13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:26 pm

    Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.

    Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, one of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward a back-right pin, about 25 feet away, closer than both Johnson and Fleetwood.

    “An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”



    Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back of Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara after the opening round.

    Johnson, who tied for second here a year ago, is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings. 

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    McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:10 pm

    It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.

    Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson, and Hideto Tanihara.

    Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.


    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


    “I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”

    Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.

    “Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.

    This was his first competitive round in more than three months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014.