ORLANDO, FL. --- The first thing one notices when entering the Orange County Convention Center is how massive it is.
And when the PGA Merchandise Show is in town, its endless aisles are chock full of everything related to golf.
Golf clubs and accessories, fashions and gadgets, they are all here.
The big names have humongous booths, jam-packed with sales professionals to take orders from PGA professionals to stock their pro shops for the upcoming year. The lesser names, some mom and pops with a single product, are cramped in a 10 by 10 space.
Everyone is out to impress.
PGA Tour and LPGA Tour members are on hand, as are celebrities, autographing items and attesting to the special nature of what every item they are pitching. Pretty young ladies in attractive outfits smile in hopes of getting buyers into their booths.
Visiting the PGA Show this week are Lorena Ochoa, Annika Sorenstam, Paula Cramer, Nancy Lopez, Morgan Pressel, Vicky Hurst, Lori Kane and Jan Stephenson from the LPGA Tour as well as Boo Weekley and Wil MacKenzie from the PGA Tour. Champions Tour members such as Tom Watson and Fuzzy Zoeller are on hand.
Noted instructors Butch Harmon, Rick Smith, Bob Toski and David Ledbetter have been spotted, and it is not unusual to see golf course designers such as Rees Jones, Ron Garl and others visit.
New Hope's Dom DiJulia takes time off from the Dom DiJulia School of Golf at Jericho National to unveil the EyeLine Outside Plane Rail he developed.
More than 1,500 exhibitors are on hand this week, and it has been estimated there are more than 10 miles of aisles to traverse, so the first impression is critical for many of the participants.
There are demo days, fashion shows and even an appearance by Soprano's actor Joseph Gannascoli. What's not to love?
There is something for everyone at the 56th annual PGA Merchandise Show.
Sun Mountain, the company which specializes in golf bags, carts and outerwear, made a splash with its new "Micro Cart".
The compact walking cart is perfect for taking with you to your local golf course or on golf trips. Weighing just 13 pound and folding down to 52 cubic inches, the Micro Cart can go anywhere.
Innovation is nothing new for this Montana company, which also rolled out a lightweight Stand Bag (the Four 5) that has dividers for clubs, is attractive and still only weights 4.5-pounds. Sun Mountain uses innovative fabrics and the latest weaving process to ensure functionality and comfort.
You might say there is nothing new here, as the company has long been a champion of using backpacking technology to produce a lightweight golf bag.
But for me, the best thing in the Sun Mountain arsenal of products is its travel bag. It's simply outstanding, efficient and ensures safety of your equipment when one of those dastardly baggage handlers bounce items from vehicle to airplane and back.
The Clubglider Pro is simply awesome. It is large enough to fit your golf clubs, shoes and other accessories but it lightweight enough to allow you to follow you in the baggage compartment without airline oversize fees.
One can breeze from baggage claim to your car with ease on pivoting caster wheels which provide superior maneuverability. These legs retract into a molded tray for travel security. And heavy duty zippers and dense foam padding ensure your precious equipment is safe to your destination.
Complete details of these items can be found at http://www.sunmountain.com/ as can the company's excellent outerwear which is ahead of its time.
Yes, there is something for everyone at the PGA Merchandise Show.