Last week the Jeff Ritter Golf Tour Striker Academy went to Orlando to take part in the 2012 PGA Merchandise Show. This event includes the latest and greatest in the world of golf. Personally, I have gone for the past eight years in a row and each year I discover something new and exciting. Here is a list of my favorite finds for the PGA Show this year.
BEST NEW GAME
Birdee Golf (click to view website) – This is a new product making its first appearance at the PGA show. It’s a fun game of badmitton golf that is great for juniors and adults. It even floats in the water! The founders of the product use it at their lake house in Minnesota. I can see it being a hit at the Penn State Tailgating parties.
BEST FOR JUNIOR GOLF
Mini Zoo Covers- http://www.out-of-boundsgear.com/
This was a find that I can’t wait to bring to junior golf. I actually got one of these for my own golf bag. They have a large selection of animals and can make ones specifically for you! The next item I get from them will be an Alligator duffle bag to carry all of my junior golf teaching aids.
BEST FULL SWING TEACHING AID
New Products by Tour Striker (Click to view Website)
This week Martin Chuck introduced more innovative products by Tour Striker including the Educator, the new Tour Striker Driver and the Tour Striker Impact bag. The impact bag is not like any you have seen before, attached to it is a plane board with impact visuals to show the objective of striking it like the tour players.
BEST SHORT GAME TEACHING AID
The New Belly Putter Fitting Tool by Coutour Golf– I ordered one of these and can’t wait to get it at The Raven in a couple weeks! Todd Sones has changed the game for many and slowly companies are beginning to strive to meet his standards on putters. The new belly putter tool will help find the correct length putter for the individual either in conventional length or anchored to the body.
iPAD/iPHONE APPS for Swing Analysis- There were several new products including the Swing Byte, Swing Smart and the ES12 (by Earnest Sports) that will give you data of the club or swing and send it to your iPad or iPhone. If you haven’t seen it yet, the Ping App is great for putting analysis. These products will revolutionize the game is the data is found to be accurate.
SPECIAL CELEBRITY TRIBUTES
Congrats to MIKE MALASKA for winning the PGA National Teacher of the Year!
It was great to catch up with my old college golf buddy Sara “No H” Brown at the PGA show. You may have seen her from her appearance on the Big Break. Now she is playing on the Ladies European Tour and will be playing on the LPGA this year. I’m proud of her for keeping her bright personality while having such success on the golf course and in the media spotlight! Keep it up Sara!
These are my new shades from Sundog. Every year I seek out the latest in the Paula Creamer Collection. I have a hard time finding glasses that I really like and as golfers we need to protect our eyes and skin. Click here to take a look at the women’s collection.
That’s only a glimpse at some of my favorite finds from the PGA show. With hundreds of vendors it is always tough to sort through but I felt very satisfied with the products I came across. Enjoy these new products in 2012!
Megan Padua is a PGA Certified Instructor, LPGA Member, TPI Level 2 Junior Golf Certified, a TPI Level 1 Golf Professional, Coutour Certified Putter Fitting Professional, and a Staff Teaching Professional with JRG/TSGA programs at the Raven Golf Club Phoenix