Knowing The Show

By Brian HewittJanuary 27, 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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    Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

    By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

    Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

    The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

    Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

    The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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    Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

    By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

    It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

    Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

    The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

    The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

    For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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    Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

    By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

    After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

    But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

    Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

    Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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    Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

    Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

    The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

    “There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.


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    In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

    “To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

    Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

    “To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.