Thursday, February 9, 2012
2012 PGA Merchandise Show Recap
At the beginning of each January, the golf industry begins to prepare for its biggest day of the year - The PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida. It's a time that sends those of us in the industry into a frenzy trying to get prepared for this massive event that brings OEM's, both large and small, apparel companies, golf technology companies, training aid developers, and so much more, together under one roof for three days of nothing but golf.
The industry only show, which started in the 1950's, allows companies to show off their newest offerings for the 2012 year. Weeks, months and years of research and development are all unveiled during this crazy, yet exciting, week. The event this year had more than 1,000 vendors and 40,000+ PGA Professionals, buyers and industry leaders in attendance.
This year a handful of our MCG Golf Professionals and Directors attended, covering every square inch of the show. During their time at the show they saw some absolutely incredible booths, and others that left a lot to be desired.
Another favorite of those who attended was the Demo Day, which was held on Wednesday, January 26th and served as a kick-off for the main show. The event attracted more than 5,000 PGA Professionals, media and retailers, all there to get their hands on the clubs that will be hitting the shelves over the next few weeks. With more than 200 hitting bays on the circular range and short game areas of the 42-acre practice facility of Orange County National Golf Course, it was a chance for nearly 100 manufacturers to show the world what's hot.
Although you most likely weren't able to get inside the doors of the Orlando Convention Center yourself, here is a link from Golfweek that gives you a great recap of the show: http://golfweek.com/news/2012/jan/24/complete-coverage-2012-pga-merchandise-show/.
If you see something you like - clubs, apparel, hats, etc. - please give us your feedback. Let us know if you have a favorite vendor, style of clothing, type of club, or anything else related to golf merchandise. We value your thoughts and suggestions and we're always looking to improve our MCG pro shops.