PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Dec. 16, 2021) – The 19th edition of the golf industry’s annual professional demo day has been renamed the PGA Show Demo & Fitting Day, returning to the enormous circular range and practice facility of Orange County National Golf Center (OCN) in Winter Garden, Florida, on Jan. 25. The event traditionally marks the start of the PGA Show, Jan. 25-28, at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Florida. Event details and registration are available at PGAShow.com.
The day-long PGA Show Demo & Fitting Day, produced in partnership between the PGA Show and PGA Magazine, will again provide important product testing of the latest equipment and technology and will add new opportunities this year for PGA Professionals to learn from experts in coaching, clubfitting, fitness and range operations. The industry-only event concludes with an industry-networking happy hour sponsored by COBRA PUMA Golf.
The 69th edition of the PGA Show, annually the largest gathering of PGA Members and the international golf industry, will reunite the golf community in person for the first time since January 2020 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The PGA Show will follow all health and safety standards, based on CDC guidelines, local public health guidance and host venue protocols, to support a safe and comfortable experience. Thousands of PGA Professionals and industry executives will test the newest innovations of more than 600 golf brands while learning current business solutions through education, industry presentations and peer networking.
Aspects of the 2022 PGA Show Demo & Fitting Day
The immersive outdoor golf experience of the PGA Show Demo & Fitting Day will include product demonstrations, instructional workshops, expert presentations at a new stage with theater seating, programming on golf range strategies and opportunities to meet one-on-one with thought leaders in a number of categories.
Some of golf’s most recognizable equipment and technology brands, such as Bridgestone Golf, Cleveland Golf, COBRA PUMA Golf, FlightScope, Garmin, PING, Srixon and XXIO, will be among more than 50 companies offering their latest products for testing. The PGA Show Demo & Fitting Day will feature presenting partners Clubhouse Events, FlagD, Hempcy, KT Tape, Wittek and Yamaha.
Instructional Workshops by the PGA of America
PGA of America instructional workshops return at a range-side classroom and include: Coaching Different Swing Types – a Live Lesson Look-In; Practical Ways to Gather Dynamic Swing & Ball Flight Information; Incorporating Club Fitting into Your Coaching; and Should You Get Fitted Before Taking a Lesson, presented by top PGA Professional teachers. The workshops, part of the PGA Show Education Conference, are detailed at PGAShow.com. Registration for the instructional workshops is available during event registration or can be added following PGA Show registration; and is discounted through January 11.
PGA Professionals Fitting Center & Stage
Event organizers are introducing a new PGA Professionals’ Fitting Center and stage for expert PGA Professional clubfitters to provide best practices for fitting players of all types and skill levels. This area will also include insight into golf fitness powered by Technogym. Three-time Illinois PGA Teacher and Coach of the Year Kevin Weeks will headline a list of expert speakers among a full schedule of live programming and video presentations at the Fitting Center. There will be an emphasis on not just how to fit golfers, but how fitting can create better relationships with golfers.
Golf Range Association of America
The Golf Range Association of America (GRAA) returns to the event and will have enhanced programming including insights by architect Lester George, who will share innovative ideas to reimagine practice areas and golf ranges as standout short game facilities. Additionally, GRAA award-winners will be present to answer range-related questions throughout the day on topics such as coaching, practice, player development, fitting/demos, operations and engagement.
How to Attend the PGA Show Demo & Fitting Day
PGA Professionals and qualified industry professionals can register for streamlined, contactless entry to this year’s PGA Show Demo & Fitting Day through event registration at PGAShow.com. The event is open exclusively to registered PGA Professionals and media from 9 a.m. to noon. Registered golf industry professionals can join the event, beginning at noon through 5 p.m. PGA Professionals will receive four MSR credits for attending the PGA Show Demo & Fitting Day.
All attendees are strongly encouraged to pick up their event badges and ride the free shuttles from the OCCC for timely access to the range, noting current construction on surrounding roads and additional traffic from multiple new neighborhoods since the 2020 event.
Attendance at the 69th PGA Show is restricted to PGA Professionals and golf industry personnel. Attendance and registration guidelines are available at PGAShow.com/en-us/show-info/attendee-qualifications.html. There is no registration fee for qualified golf industry professionals through Jan. 11. Beginning Jan. 12, PGA, LPGA and International PGA Professionals can continue to register at no charge, while other industry personnel will incur a $50 registration processing fee through Jan. 24, and a $195 fee at the PGA Show through Jan. 28.
About PGA Golf Exhibitions
The PGA Show, PGA Buying & Education Summit and PGA Show Connects are organized in partnership by PGA Golf Exhibitions (part of RX) and the PGA of America. Since its inception in 1954, the PGA Show has grown into the largest annual business event for the global golf industry. Regional PGA Show Buying & Education Summits and the PGA Show Connects digital platform connect the industry year-round and drive business leading up to the annual PGA Show. Learn more at PGAShow.com and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
About the PGA of America
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