GolfBoard is the hit of the 2016 show, and it’s easy to understand why. Who doesn’t enjoy an easy-to-ride vehicle that allows riders of all ages to “surf the earth” while enjoying the game they love? Some of golf’s greatest players have a blast using GolfBoard, as this video shows.
GolfBoard is now offered at 120 courses in the US, Canada, and Mexico and hundreds of individual golfers – including PGA Tour stars and A-List celebrities – have purchased units. Look for GolfBoard to come to a course near you this year.
It’s a Ryder Cup year – held in the Midwest no less (Hazeltine National near Minneapolis) – and that’s when Premier Golf thrives. And that’s why its PGA Merchandise Show booth was buzzing with visitors. Premier has been licensed by the PGA of America as the exclusive distributor of Ryder Cup packages in the United States and Europe since 1991. If you have never been to a Ryder Cup, suffice it to say that there is no more electric event in golf. This year may be your best chance ever, and with the ticket lottery long past, Premier can ensure you’re there through one of its luxury packages.
While we’d all like to golf year-round in ideal playing weather, the Midwestern U.S. – and nearly three-fourths of North America – demands that players withstand occasional cold, wind and precipitation. Fortunately, Galvin Green offers premium outerwear, tops, bottoms and accessories for men, women and juniors. The company developed the sport’s first apparel layering system – the Multi-Layer Concept – more than a decade ago. Apparently Galvin Green’s products perform well, otherwise the company would not be the Official Team Supplier of Outerwear to the 2016 and 2018 European Ryder Cup Teams. Think those Euro players know anything about performing well in less than ideal weather?
The portable SC200 Swing Caddie Launch Monitor ($349.99) is an optimal training device and allows access to a launch monitor virtually anywhere. With its voice enabled capability, the SC200 simultaneously displays and calls out carry distance, swing speed, ball speed and smash factor after each swing. Operating in practice, target and random mode, the SC200 Swing Caddie allows players to receive specific instant feedback. The remote control allows setting changes without moving. Designed to eliminate the hassle of complicated distance measurement during a round of golf, the VC300 ($129.99) offers voice guidance and hands-free operation. It gives quick and accurate measurements to the front, back and center of greens and automatically recognizes which course and hole is in play. Its clip-on design and simple touch technology makes use a breeze. No additional subscription fees.
Pioneers of “Live Golf Scoring” technology, VPAR (pictured above) gives amateur golfers the pro-like competitive thrill of real-time leaderboards as they play a match. At the 2016 PGA Show, the company introduced the VPAR Club Platform, which joins the award-winning VPAR mobile app and VPAR Tournament Service. The VPAR app allows everyday golfers to take the live scoring experience with them for buddy trips or regular matches. It provides live scoring, detailed GPS, a 30,000-course directory, weather updates, stat analysis, scorecard archiving and social media integration. The basic version is free to download on Apple and Android devices. What are you waiting for?
Youth on Course is a non-profit that is growing the game through providing access to golf and its many benefits to kids. Offering rounds of $5 or less to all YOC members (membership ranges from $5-20 yearly), YOC programs are available in nine states and quickly expanding. Midwest associations are expected to adopt YOC in 2016. Let your area association know that you want YOC in your state. Rounds are subsidized by private donors, golf associations and accompanying foundations – so courses do not lose money. College scholarships for deserving members, paid internships and caddie programs are other YOC initiatives.
BIG MAX GOLF, pioneer of the three-wheeled push cart, showcased the Autofold FF at the PGA Merchandise Show. Its distinguishing element is the new flat-fold technology whereby all three wheels fold with the push of a single lever. The cart is easy to transport and store thanks to its compact design, while its durable frame holds any type and size of golf bag. Select BIG MAX GOLF items are available at golf retailers in North America and at www.bigmaxusa.com
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Get of the Midwestern cold and get into the Sunshine State! GLN is the brainchild of two PGA professionals who formed a South Florida "dream team" with in-market real estate experts. GLN provides a free service that helps people looking to find ideally suited golf clubs and or real estate properties or communities. Gary Van Sickle describes GLN in the December 2015 issue of GOLF Magazine.