The 68th PGA Merchandise Show, which shifted to a virtual event in 2021 (Virtual.PGAShow.com) to connect the international golf industry online, allowing PGA Professionals, golf buyers, manufacturers and industry leaders to drive forward the business of the game during the global pandemic, has been hailed a success.
More than 11,000 attendees from 78 countries, including some 6,500 PGA Professionals, connected online to source thousands of products from nearly 400 participating golf brands.
PGA Professionals, golf buyers and industry professionals were able to take part in 192 live and on-demand exhibitor, industry and education presentations. In total, virtual presentations hosted nearly 25,000 participants, with numerous single presentations exceeding 400 participants. The virtual platform facilitated nearly 5,000 attendee-exhibitor meetings and logged nearly 300,000 interactions, views and connections by PGA Professional and industry attendees.
The 2021 Virtual PGA Show helped the industry capitalize on the rising interest in golf by virtually showcasing new products to enhance the game experience and by promoting industry growth initiatives through virtual presentations.
Most PGA Show programming will remain available on demand for an extended period of time, and exhibitor showrooms will remain open on an ongoing basis to help exhibiting companies and buyers continue to connect, have meetings, discover new products and drive commerce throughout 2021.
“PGA Show Week has always been about providing new resources for our PGA Professionals to advance the game in their communities and for the golf industry to collaborate in enhancing the overall golf experience,” said PGA of America President Jim Richerson. “We are proud of how PGA Professionals have led the way back to unprecedented participation despite all the challenges of the current times. This year’s PGA Show has provided numerous ways for our golf community to grow the game for generations to come.”
“We are grateful for the industry participation and for how well the virtual PGA Merchandise Show has gone this year,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. “That being said, we can’t wait to bring the industry back together in person in 2022 where we can leverage the innovations and learnings from 2021. The importance of human connections and relationships are fundamental to our business and our golf community.
“However, there are also so many lessons to be learned from the experience. For instance, in previous years at the show, I was literally supposed to be in three places at the same time. In the future, we’ll be able to leverage the human experiences and the content creation environment of the PGA Show to create great interpersonal interactions and deliver on-demand content so you can engage in everything that matters to you. We are already hard at work on the 2022 PGA Show and look forward to being face-to-face with our industry peers next January.”
Recapping the 2021 Virtual PGA Show
Nearly 400 participating golf companies and brands created exhibitor showrooms; presented merchandise education sessions and video demonstrations; and hosted group and one-to-one buyer meetings. The virtual PGA Show marketplace featured new companies, as well as traditional market leaders and established manufacturers, including some of the most well-known brands in golf, such as Callaway Golf, FootJoy, Titleist, Cobra PUMA Golf, Bridgestone Golf, Cleveland/Srixon/XXIO, Mizuno and many more.
New Products and Product Preview & Launch Day
The 2021 Virtual PGA Show Week began on January 26 with a special Product Preview & Launch Day to spotlight the latest merchandise and services of participating golf manufacturers and new product introductions continued throughout Show Week.
Many popular golf brands showcased their latest products to enthusiastic attendees including Titleist’s introduction of the new Pro V1/Pro V1x golf balls, as well as new Titleist TSi hybrids and new Vokey WedgeWorks M Grind Collection; Callaway Golf announced its new family of Epic drivers and fairway woods, as well as the new Apex 21 family of irons; Odyssey Golf introduced the new White Hot OG putter; FootJoy shared the global launch of two new footwear models – Hyperflex and The Premiere Series; and Cobra Golf introduced the new family of RADSPEED drivers, woods and irons, as well as new Cobra RF Proto Irons, which are co-designed by Rickie Fowler.
Additionally, Bridgestone Golf introduced its new e6 and e12 golf balls; Mizuno showed off its next generation ST Series of drivers and fairway woods, and three new models of its popular M. CRAFT line of putters; Srixon showcased its ZX Woods and Irons, while Cleveland put a spotlight on its CBX 2 Black Satin Finish wedges and the XXIO Prime Woods and Irons. To see the full breadth of new product offerings, industry professionals are able to access exhibitor showrooms throughout 2021 at Virtual.PGAShow.com.
Several companies presented live and on-demand product launch events on Product Preview & Launch Day, including BioWave, Callaway Golf, Cobra Golf, DPP Golf, E-Z-GO, Focus Golf, Golf Ireland, Golf Skate Caddy, Golf Surprize, Homestretch Golf, Prestwick Golf Group, Range Servant America, True Score and TrackMan A/S.
Presentations on demand
A schedule of presentations and educational sessions held during the show are now available on-demand.