Celebs and New Stuff from the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show

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Four hours. That was the wait to hit the new TaylorMade M3 and M4 drivers on Tuesday in Orlando at the PGA Merchandise Show Demo Day. Like Studio 54 in its prime, everyone wanted to get past the velvet ropes and take a lash with the new Twist Face driver technology. Dustin Johnson’s near ace last week on the 430-yard par four at Kapalua with the M4 has inspired the world of golf. The general consensus is, “Whatever DJ’s doing and using, I want it too.”

Other winners at Demo Day were Japanese golf equipment companies. Epon, Honma and Miura were in attendance as luxury boutique golf brands are on the rise. Epon irons are around $350 per club, which might seem like a lot – until you to hit them.

The Weatherman Golf Umbrella

The Weatherman Golf Umbrella

Umbrellas are often lost and forgotten – the Weatherman Golf Umbrella includes an app that tracks your umbrella’s last location and sends an alert when there’s a chance of rain. Not a coincidence, the product was created by Rick Reichmuth, a New York-based meteorologist. It is available in 62-inch for $89 and 68-inch for $95.

Charlotta Barman, chief evangelist for Charles Vane golf clothing debut

Charlotta Barman, chief evangelist for Charles Vane golf clothing debut

To the massive Orange County Convention Center on Wednesday, the self-branded, “The Major of Golf Business” was loaded with debuts. Based in London and made in Italy, the Charles Vane clothing brand was born yesterday.

“Charles Vane golf clothing is about quality fabrics, good lines and minimal branding. And charity is important to us, 50-percent of all royalties go to charity,” Charlotta Barman, chief evangelist tells World’s Best Golf Destinations.

Mike Johnson, president and founder of Piretti Golf with the Texas Twister. Retail: $3,000

Mike Johnson, president and founder of Piretti Golf with the Texas Twister

Putters from Piretti Golf are some of the best in the world. They had their Texas Twister model in the booth – it retails for $3,000.

TaylorMade, 2018 PGA Merchandise Show booth of the year

TaylorMade, 2018 PGA Merchandise Show booth of the year

The booth of the year goes to TaylorMade, which felt like a nightclub. Another winner was Vertical Groove Golf and their new 15-degree three wood.

Pro golfer Chelsea Pezzola and long drive champion Glenn Wilson Jr. on Tuesday at demo day

Pro golfer Chelsea Pezzola and long drive champion Glenn Wilson Jr. on Tuesday at demo day

Five golf celebs we saw:

  • Davis Love III
  • Chelsea Pezzola, Instagram + Twitter
  • Bobby Clampett
  • Chi Chi Rodriguez
  • John Daly
Bruno Magli lace ups -- comfort and class

Bruno Magli lace ups — comfort and class

And these Bruno Maglis were a good decision — a brilliant blend of comfort and sophistication when walking one of the largest convention centers in the world.

A new year brings new opportunities to buy new equipment and fashion. Perhaps no group of consumers likes to buy stuff as much as golfers — it’s essential to the game like grip, stance and alignment.

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