We are also at the TGi Foremost Golf Show in Harrogate from 8th - 10th October where will also have all our latest software & show deals to temp you with & to demonstrate.
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Monday, February 9th, 2009
The PGA Golf Show at the Orlando Convention Centre is the show piece event in the Golf Industry.Â This is where you get to see allÂ that’s new.Â Apart from attending the show toÂ exhibit our gear it gives us a chance to see what’s new.
With the show this year being held under the economic cloud it was difficult to see anything new.Â Also amazing that the golfing family is so small in reality.Â We have been attending the show now for the last 8 years and through that time we have seen things get smaller and smaller.Â Everyone seems to know everyone you even see the same visitors which is little bit of a surprise.Â The US is so vast that in my view I would love to see the Golf Show move every year encouraging a different set off customers to attend.
On the plus side with the show being held at the same place it takes us less time to get orientated with the area and the weather is warm well at least some of the time.Â In the morning the temperature was as low as 2 degrees and the middle of the day in the high 20’s quite a change.
The food locally in the Disney area is very resort oriented with the hot wings, steak always seen on the menu.Â Taking of hot wings I managed to get the sauce all over my new Galvin GreenÂ top.Â No wonder my wife calls me Les (Les Patterson that is).Â I must say though my wife performs miracles and managed to get the sauce out.Â
It would be great to try somewhere new.Â Every company especially the smaller one without a sales force would benefit from seeing some new faces.Â America is so vast I’m not sure how to attack the market after 8 years you thing I would have a clue by now and its not just me every company from outside the US have the same problems.
Sunday, February 8th, 2009
One surprising thing for me was the abundance of rangefinders and GPS systems on show at the PGA show.Â Bushnell have decided to enter the GPS market with a budget GPS that gives you front, middle and back on the green Bushnell GPS.Â I was also shows 4 more models if my memory serves me correctly the Bushnell V2 Tour will be released in the middle of the year with a slope option and the will be upgraded to the Bushnell 1550 Tournamantto the Bushnell 1600 Tournament.Â This unit it almost the same in terms of technology but it now boasts an outer cover made from a protective rubber to aid protection.
There must be something to the GPS systems though as I must have seen at least 6 companies inn the market place including Skygolf, Garman and many more.
One thing I did lean is that a company called Igolf provide many of the companies with the course information and mapping.Â So most devices will be as good or bad as each other.
My elite players seen to prefer the accuracy of the laser range finders but my frieds that comentateon tour use the GPS systems.Â There is a view you almost need both to get accurate distances to the pin with the laser rangefinders but the GPS systems to gain distances to hazards and places on the green.
One thing is for sure they are here to stay and with the likes of the English Golf Union allowing the distance measuring devices in their tournament this year I see there will be no going back.Â Could this spell the end to the course planners.
A sign of technology taking over from paper.Â Maybe we will see faster games of golf in the future.
Saturday, February 7th, 2009
Currently we sell the SAM force plate which has 2500 sensors in the plate allowing the measurement or the centre of gravity between the feet, the % of left right and front to back.Â TheÂ 2500 sensor system also allows you to measure the gravity on each foot individually as well as seeÂ where the pressure /weight is across the whole foot.Â The force downward to the floor and up pressure is also measure.
Many of the force plates of this type Â usually are sold to Universities and heath centre and most are in excess of Â£10,000.Â The Sam force plate offers great value in terms of the information it provides against its cost.
There is also another type of force plate aimed more at a Budget price.Â I decided to part with some cash at the US show and buy one of these force plates as some of our customers have been asking for a force plate that was even more affordable and at approx. Â£1900 our new 4 sensor force plate with its own built in monitor provide information of centre of gravity, left to right and front to back information as well as down and up force.
The company swinga have developed the system are based in Finland and we hope that they develop the system into a golf rangeÂ unit that will be affordable for range owner to implement it providing a better service.
The thing that I like the most is the built in monitor and even though the information it gives is not as in depth the force plate has its place and especially for those coaches and facilities that are dipping their toes into measuring weight transfer which if the least understood of the elements in the golf swing.
Saturday, February 7th, 2009
The PGA Golf Show in Orlando this year followed the trend of the world economy with many would be exhibitors who would normally be attending cancelling their stands.
Much of the exhibition areas we left free with the show organisers filling excess areas with seating and restaurants. The walkways were larger than normal helping to create the impression that the exhibit halls were full.
From an attendee point of view it seems reasonably busy but noticeable visitors from Europe were down in numbers and many of the familiar faces that we see year on year were not their.
Saying all of that we were as busy for most of the show except for the last afternoon where everyone pretty much headed of to watch the Super Bowl Final on TV.
What was new in our area of coaching. Well we came across a few interesting training aids and one or two interesting new inventions that we had not seen before.
One stand that was opposite us in the Exhibition was a company called TureYmpact. A coaching device that encourages the Y shape starting position to return at impact. The owner of the company told me by the last afternoon he had sold out of the stock he had brought to the stand which was impressive. We decided to purchase a few of these Golf training aido resell from our website and it was certainly one of the better Golf Aids that we saw on show.
Science and Motion the makers of the SAM puttlab released the new wireless version of the puttlab dispensing with the battery pack and the wire. Talking to their engineer for the reasons for doing this Martin pointed out thatÂ aesthetically there was an improvement and there would be more reliability as there was no cable now to become damaged. For existing owners of the SAM as long as they have te 2008 version of the software there are able to trade in their old unit and pay â‚¬1550 to get the wireless triplet and the new triangle receiver.
I also spoke to Greg Rose from Titleist TPI who gave me a sneakpreview of their new website offering more research and information to golf coaches all over the world about bio mechanics. Where we will be contributing to with some form of video analysis.
Over then next few weeks I’ll try and add more reviews and content to my blog looking at other products we viewed and also reactions and reports from other companies from the show.