Last week I had the pleasure of attending the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando Florida, which took place over 4 days — the first day (Wednesday) was the outdoor demo day at the Orange County National Golf Center, and the following three days of the indoor show were at the Orange County Convention Center. I was there for the outdoor demo day on Wednesday and first day of the indoor show on Thursday.
At the outdoor demo day I spent a majority of my time at the Nike Golf booth (big surprise), where they had many of their new clubs available for attendees to try out. Nike was featuring their new SQ MachSpeed line, including driver, fairway woods, hybrids and irons, and their Victory Red line including the new VR-STR8-FIT driver and fairway woods, the new VR hybrids, and the VR irons and wedges that were released last year. At the separate putting area they were featuring the new METHOD putter.
One of the highlights of the day was a visit to the demo area by Nike Golf athletes Suzanne Pettersen and Justin Leonard. I was able to sit in the front row and watch Justin and Suzann as they discussed the new Nike Golf equipment and how it has helped their respective games. As they talked they hit balls, and as always it was amazing (and slightly depressing) to witness how purely and crisply the pros strike the ball. Also at the demo was Tom Stites, Nike Golf’s Director of Product Creation, who explained much of the technology behind Nike Golf’s new lines of clubs (very interesting as you’ll see in the video segments below). I was able to shoot video of the whole demo, as well as some still photos.
I have edited the video footage into 17 shorter segments in which Suzanne and Justin discuss different topics, and I outline these below and provide links to the videos. With the exception of the first video I am providing links to the videos, and not embedding them to keep page load time to a minimum. Below the videos are the photos I took of the demo. I hope the videos and photos give you a sense of how interesting this Nike Golf demo was and how much fun it was to be there. Enjoy!
VIDEO #1: Justin Leonard tells us the story behind how and why he switched to the SQ MachSpeed driver:
VIDEO #2: Tom Stites explains the technology behind the SQ MachSpeed driver.
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VIDEO #3: Justin talks about the benefits of STR8-FIT technology.
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VIDEO #4: Suzann Pettersen discusses the VR STR8-FIT driver. (There’s a fair amount of wind noise in this segment, sorry!)
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VIDEO #5: Tom explains VR driver technology and the Compression Channel.
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VIDEO #6: Justin discusses the SQ MachSpeed irons.
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VIDEO #7: Tom explains the technology behind the SQ MachSpeed irons.
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VIDEO #8: Suzann talks about the SQ MachSpeed hybrids.
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VIDEO #9: Justin and Suzann discuss the new groove rule.
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VIDEO #10: Justin explains his driving strategy.
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VIDEO #11: Suzann and Justin talk about working the ball.
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VIDEO #12: Justin demonstrates how he works the ball.
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VIDEO #13: Justin and Suzann discuss driver shaft length. (More wind noise, sorry again!)
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VIDEO #14: Suzann and Justin talk about their wedges.
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VIDEO #15: Justin and Suzann talk about (lack of) swing thoughts and give us a few swing tips.
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VIDEO #16: Suzann discusses switching to the new METHOD putter.
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VIDEO #17: Suzann, Justin and Tom talk more about the new METHOD putter.
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