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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    Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

    By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

    Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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    Rahm (62) fires career low round

    By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

    The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

    Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

    What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

    Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

    Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

    Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

    Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

    Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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    Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

    Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

    "Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

    Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.


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    Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

    "That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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    Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

    By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

    There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

    Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

    Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

    Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.

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    The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

    It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.