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January 26, 2012

My trip to Demo Day 2012

Posted at 6:59 AM by Gary Van Sickle

Demo-Day1ORLANDO, Fla.-- I had breakfast with Nick Faldo Wednesday morning. I thought it was just going to be the two of us, but apparently Nick invited 50 other media types, who joined us in a tent in front of Orange County National.

It was the start of what I consider the Best Golf Day of the Year--the PGA Merchandise Show's Demo Day, where pros and media get to pound balls on Orange County's dreamy 360-degree range and try out what's new in golf equipment. It was a Chamber of Commerce day, all blue sky and warm sunshine and puffy white clouds en route to a high of 80 degrees.

What better way to start the festivities than with a modest (and free) breakfast buffet? Sir Nick arrived just past 8:30, looking a bit bleary-eyed but chipper. He tapped into his charming side immediately. Surveying a crowded tent, he quipped, "I don't think I had this many people rush in when I won majors." Then he began to talk about Faldo Pro-Care, a range of personal care products for men.

Faldo couldn't get out of the tent without fielding a few golf questions. He was asked if he thought Tiger would win a major in 2012. Faldo said we'll learn a lot about him in the next few months but added that the Masters would be his best chance. "Olympic Club is very difficult with the canted fairways and greens; Lytham should be like Hoylake, very firm and challenging; and Kiawah, with likely crosswinds, will be tough," he said. "In theory, the Masters is his best shot."

When the press conference finished, I headed for the range.

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January 25, 2012

Tweets and photos from 2012 PGA Show Demo Day

Posted at 6:32 PM by Golf.com

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Golf.com was tweeting pictures Wednesday of the latest gear from the driving at Orange County National in Orlando, site of the 2012 PGA Merchandise Show Demo Day. In case you missed it, here's a quick recap.

Scenes from Demo Day: Snag Golf

Posted at 6:10 PM by Golf.com

Demo Day is a busy place, but there's still time for a little fun and games. SNAG Golf was created to help kids learn the game. It has oversized clubs and balls and Velcro targets. It's also a great party game, and it got a little added buzz in 2011 when David Feherty became a human target for a video that quickly went viral. Here, Golf Magazine's Jessica Marksbury had a target of her own, Golf.com's Kevin Cunningham.

Scenes from Demo Day: TaylorMade's RocketBallz series

Posted at 3:03 PM by Golf.com

One of the most popular displays at Demo Day belongs to TaylorMade, and much of the buzz was generated by its newest club line, RocketBallz. It's fun to say, but how do they perform? Golf Magazine's Jessica Marksbury puts them to the test.

Scenes from Demo Day: Puma Cobra Golf

Posted at 2:44 PM by Golf.com

Our first stop featured a D.J., a bar and gambling. No, it's wasn't a festival -- it was the scene at Cobra Puma Golf's spot, where Golf Magazine's Jessica Marksbury welcomes you to the event.

Scenes from Demo Day: Dead Aim putters

Posted at 2:30 PM by Golf.com

Dead Aim putters are designed to fix your alignment problems and come with a laser attachment for practicing your stroke. Golf.com's Jeff Ritter was joined by Dead Aim's owner, Todd Wilson, for a quick demonstration.

Scenes from Demo Day: Oakley Cipher shoes

Posted at 2:15 PM by Golf.com

Oakley is making a splash in the shoe market this year with a new line the company is touting as "the lightest golf shoe on earth." Golf.com's Jeff Ritter stopped by to learn more about the Oakley Cipher.

Scenes from Demo Day: Titleist Vokey Wedges

Posted at 2:10 PM by Golf.com

Golf.com's Kevin Cunningham hits the chipping green to take a few swings with the new Titleist Vokey wedge.

SCENES FROM DEMO DAY

Posted at 2:08 PM by Golf.com

The PGA Merchandise Show, the golf industry's largest trade show, kicked off today in Orlando with the 10th annual Demo Day. This year more than 90 manufacturers were set up around the circular, 42-acre practice facility at Orange County National. Scroll down to see what we saw.

January 29, 2011

Titleist 910 drivers impress

Posted at 6:06 PM by Gary Van Sickle

Titleist ORLANDO, Fla.--This is probably going to be the Year of the Driver in golf. The bad news is, there are so many options that it's going to be difficult to pick just one. The good news is, they're all exceptional options.

Titleist has produced some excellent metal woods over the years, notably its 975 driver, and I've still got one of its classic PT 15 3-woods in my basement. I actually brought it to the range last fall to see if it still had some magic in it. I think it does--once I get it regripped.

Titleist is right in the mix in the Year of the Driver with its 910 line of drivers. Like TaylorMade, they're riding the game-changing wave of adjustable clubs. The 910 drivers are adjustable for both face angle and loft. The 910 comes in the D2 and D3 versions. They have the classic big-headed driver pear shape, and while the D3 is actually 15 cc smaller than the D2, which is max 460 cc, it's not easy to tell them apart.

It was obvious from Demo Day early in the week here at the PGA Merchandise Show that the Titleist drivers are going to be big this year because the Titleist tent on the range was packed. I managed to squeeze in and get off a few drives, and the D3 was impressive. It didn't hurt that Titleist had a spot on Orange County National's 360-degree range that was downwind on a day when it was blowing 30 mph but the fact is, it looked and felt like I crushed those shots. It gets a grade "A."

I can't wait until spring and a chance to tinker with a D3 and find my perfect combination of settings with the club. Like I said, it's going to be tough to pick only one driver to use in 2011. The Titleist D2 and D3 are definitely contenders.

(Photo: David Walberg/SI)

January 26, 2011

Golf.com Tweets from PGA Merchandise Show Demo Day

Posted at 5:58 PM by Golf.com

Wednesday was the 9th annual Demo Day at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, and Golf.com senior producer Ryan Reiterman was there to check out the latest products for 2011. Here are some of the highlights. For more exclusive looks, follow SI Golf Group on Twitter.

Here's Reiterman taking his first swing of 2011. Could be a good omen for his season.

Clear View putters:

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Plenty of Callaway Razr Hawk and Diablo drivers to choose from.

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Srixon Z-star drivers:

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Cleveland CG 15 wedges:

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More than just clubs at the Cobra/Puma tent:

The scene from the Bridgestone tent:

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It's all about the shafts at the Aldila tent:

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Golf Pride grips in a variety of colors:

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Adams Speedline F11 drivers:

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And finally, the next Tiger Woods tee off at the Nike tent:




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