ORLANDO, FL: There is never a dull, quiet moment at the annual PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center.
More than 1000 products, from brand spanking new golf clubs to golf travel companies and everyone in between are on hand, along with professional golf legends like Annika Sorenstam, Bubba Watson and Sir Nick Faldo walking the aisles.
It is the show of shows and always a can't miss Orlando retreat, although there isn't a lot of fun in the sun as most walk miles and miles a day reviewing new products and ideas. It's clearly a great event for the Fitbit!
The show opens with a demo day at Orange County National where companies display their wares and allow those in attendance the opportunity to check out what's new in their line. Celebrity appearances - Bubba was blasting 350 yard drives that bedazzled all - are not uncommon.
Every once in a while there is something that just catches one's attention. Callaway unveiled its Epic clubs, Taylor Made it's improved M1 line, and nearly every manufacturer was entering the new year with a positive attitude.
"We have some outstanding offerings, and we are excited about 2017," said Callaway CEO Chip Brewer, a Lower Moreland High School grad and former All-Bicentennial League player from our area.
The editors of www.golfbuckscounty.com loved dozens of offerings. One new one, though, was the pick of the litter, the one club that stood out among the crowd.
From Batavia, Illinois and the Tour Edge folks came our Club of the Crowd - the Tour Edge Supermedal Exotics XJ1 Driver.
This offering, well, was almost too good to be true.
First of all, the Tour Edge Exotics line has been a big success. Second, the designers researched and developed a new offering that it not only hotter but also accurate for everyday players.
Designed for those with slower swing speeds (e.g. less than 100 MPH) its design allows a boost in one's effective swing speed and turned out 83MPH swinger into a player whose results were more like those of someone whose swing speed approached 100 MPH. Of equal importance, it's design allowed mishits to travel well and into the fairway.
Technically, the Supermedal has a ultra lightweight 9-1-1 titanium chassis combined with Tour Edge President and Founder President Dave Glod's desire of a driver that helped those with slower swing speeds to get that added boost saw the addition of a tungston sole.
Helping the cause is a Fujikura Air Speeder shaft that adds to the swing speed of the average player.
The JXI bedazzled our editors, so much so that after spending a half hour hitting the marvelous club and discussing later with several PGA of America pros, took them back to the Tour Edge tent to sample the driver.
To a person, the most heard comment was, well, "Wow".
Such an entry into the competitive field, there is a stumbling block the retail cost of the JXI has a price point just shy of $700. But, consider this, it's an investment in distance and accuracy. Recommendation: pay close attention to this club, visit a participating dealer and take a test drive!