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Each week, Rick joins his buddy Sully to talk tech on the Limpert Tech "SullyCast on ALT 105.7, formerly TalkRadio 640 WGST

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Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on ALT 105.7 and iHeartRadio 1/26/19 - PGA Show Tech

Like so many, Rick is ready for warmer and dryer weather and that means Golf Season!

The 66th PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Jan. 22-25, 2019, welcomed more than 40,000 golf industry professionals from around the world to discover the newest trends and technology from some 1,000 exhibiting golf companies and brands.  The industry’s annual “MAJOR of Golf Business” features a packed four-day schedule beginning with PGA Show Demo Day, Jan. 22, at Orange County National Golf Center (OCN), and continuing at the Orange County Convention Center.
Lots of tech on display:

What was at the show?
Rick and Sully discuss:

1.   Mizuno's announcements

Mizuno's North American headquarters is here in Metro Atlanta.

Announced at the PGA Merchandise Show, Mizuno unveiled its first ever globally launched golf ball, the RB Tour and RB Tour X, as well as an addition to the JPX919 iron line and its latest hybrid.

Created after 12 years of wind tunnel testing at Mizuno’s MT test facility, a new Cone (C) dimple adds all-new wind performance to the trademark soft feel and feedback of Mizuno’s previous Tour golf ball models in the four-piece RB Tour and RB Tour X.


2. Callaway Apparel - SWING TECH

Callaway remains one of the biggest names in golf.
SWING TECH™  is their new technology that fuses athletic performance with classic fit and game-changing innovation. New construction and materials provide noticeably less restriction and more stretch to maximize your range of motion on every swing.
SWING TECH™ is featured in a variety of products in the 2019 Callaway line including:

Golfers can count on greater flexibility through the shoulders through a combination of a all-new seam construction and pliable blended materials. Taking a new approach on seam construction, our polos have taken the performance attributes of an athletic raglan sleeve and restructured it so that golfers still get the authentic golf styling that they know and love.  Featured SWING TECH polos include the all-new SWING TECH gingham polo, SWING TECH jacquard polo and SWING TECH fine line color block polo.

The SWING TECH ergo shorts feature the all-new ergo seam and refined active waistband to provide more freedom of movement from the waist down. With the ergo seam, we have eliminated the need for side seams that limit flexibility where you need it most, giving you greater stretch and lighter feel.

Not only featured in polos, SWING TECH is also prominently incorporated into outerwear with a modified construction design, flexible materials and strategically placed stretch panels to help improve your movement, regardless of the conditions, making them the perfect complementary piece. Brand new in 2019, the all-new SWING TECH Cooling+ 1/4 zip pullover provides golfers with the performance of SWING TECH construction as well as cutting edge fabric that promotes rapid moisture wicking and superior sun protection.

3. Club Car Tempo Walk

Meet Club Car’s Tempo™ Walk, a new hands-free robotic golf caddie unit, provides enjoyment for golfers who walk the course. The wireless, autonomous caddie is designed to enhance the golf experience and also foster health and wellness.

For fitness minded golfers and those who enjoy walking, Tempo Walk delivers a caddie-like experience different than traditional push carts, electric or otherwise. For course operators, it’s a fresh, functional and environmentally friendly cart option and experience to offer customers.
Blending tradition and technology similar to Club Car’s recently launched Tempo™ Connect golf car, Tempo Walk’s stylish hands-free golf caddie unit makes walking the course pleasant and easier than other push carts.

It offers state-of-the-art wireless technology including GPS yardage and hands-free remote control to maneuver easily around the course.

Constructed with a durable aluminum frame, Tempo Walk contains a lithium ion battery which holds a 36-hole charge. It moves up to seven mph and weighs 95 pounds. Additional technology features include a USB port and touchscreen tablet with GPS yardage. Traditional golf car offerings – a cup holder, cooler, divot repair and sand bottle, are also included. With a compact frame size, four Tempo Walk golf caddies can fit into the space of one golf car, another benefit for course operators.

4. PhiGolf  golf smartstick

I also saw this at CES.

Owning a simulator is a dream for golfers. It’s also a pricy dream, with most costing in the $40,000 range. But those on a budget don’t have to be denied the pleasures of such an experience thanks to PhiGolf.
PhiGolf is a smart stick that serves as the golf club, capable of connecting to a smartphone or TV. Golfers can not just use this for entertainment (there are several game modes, including 18 holes, match play, driving range or closest-to-the-pin), but the stick also provides data and analysis of your swing and stroke. All which can be yours for $249.

5. FlightScope Introduces World’s First Environmental Optimizer Feature to its X3 Tracking Radar

Leader in sports technology unveils first-of-its-kind feature, allowing golfers to practice for various environmental conditions

FlightScope, a world leader in the development and manufacturing of 3D Doppler tracking radars for sports, announces today the launch of the world’s first Environmental Optimizer (FS|EO), giving golfers a new way to analyze, practice and improve their game. FlightScope’s new innovative component for the X3 tracking radar gives users the ability to configure environmental conditions, without physically changing locations – meaning golfers who typically practice in flat, low altitudes, and vice versa, can now practice smarter and see how their shot would match up against an entirely different environmental climate.

6.   Sun Mountain's FinnCycle

Forget golf and push carts, you can now use a motor bike to get around the course,
It travels at 15 miles per hour, the same speed that a golf cart travels. Your clubs are held in place in the middle of the bike with supports and straps. It will fit pretty much any bag other than a staff bag; Sun Mountain’s biggest cart bag fits. Rest your feet on the footbeds, and control your speed with a small thumb lever on the right handlebar. Both the right and left handlebars have breaks, and there’s kickstand to keep the bike upright while you’re hitting.

Besides being fun to ride around on, FinnCycle’s benefits extend to pace of play. In testing, the team at Sun Mountain found it easy to play 18 holes in under two hours. Obviously, that’s reliant on not having to wait on play in front of you. Right now, it’s not available for individual consumers to buy. They’re selling to golf courses as well as fleet sales.


Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 and iHeartRadio - PGA Golf Show


Rick and Sully talk about Rick's week in Orlando at the PGA Merchandise Show..

Have a listen:


Built by The PGA of America, the Association’s most successful members and the industry’s foremost experts on the business of the game, the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show, the “Major of Golf Business,” is the ultimate resource for industry leaders, top manufacturers, PGA Professionals and golf organizations to drive forward business, participation and interest in golf.

64th PGA Merchandise Show:

More than 1,000 leading golf companies and brands within nearly 10 miles of Show aisles.
    One million square feet of interactive exhibit, product demonstration and industry presentation space.
    More than 40,000 influential PGA Professionals, manufacturing executives, VIP retailers, international industry leaders and top decision-makers.

 1. Outdoor Demo Day

PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day, Tuesday, Jan. 24: Open exclusively to PGA Professionals and invited retailers, the PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day features nearly 100 top golf companies within 200+ hitting bays, practice greens and the vendor village of the 42-acre Orange County National Golf Center. Additionally, PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day Instructional Workshops featuring leading PGA Professional teachers provide insight into becoming a world class teacher, instructor, and coach to today’s consumers (pre-registration required). The PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day is open to PGA Professionals and media

2.  Wilson Driver vs. Driver

Wilson's reality show where people designers drivers that aired on Golf Channel.
Eric Sillies, winner of Golf Channel's reality program where contestants built drivers was on hand to talk about the show and the fact that his driver will be put in play soon on the PGA Tour.

3. OnCore Golf Balls

Introducing a new "Tour Ball" called Elixr.  
New 30 second commercial spot to air during the Masters.

4. Golf Pride   -  new grips with an alignment strip "Align"

5. Geltees

Made from 100% pharmaceutical grade gelatin, GelTees are biodegrade within days of being left in the elements.

Rick and Sully are getting ready for the Super Bowl.
A book to be your guide for eating and cooking for the Big Game

Fangating™” (game day revelry) authority and celebrity cook Daina Falk of the Hungry Fan® (and daughter of famed sports agent David Falk of Michael Jordan fame). As author of the acclaimed "The Hungry Fan’s® Game Day Cookbook,” she has some incredibly tasty homegating and tailgating recipes and party ideas  your audience would love, with themes like these:

    Healthy Fangating Dishes Sure to Score (3 pictured right)
    Fast Fangating: 15-Minute Finger Foods (see 5 dish ideas below in yellow highlight)
    How to Warm ‘Em Up on a Winter Game Day
    Enviro-Friendly Fangating: How to Throw a Green Game Day Gathering
    No-Fuss Crock-Pot Fangating Favorites
    Game Day Gourmet: Elevated Fangating Fare for Discriminating Game Day Guests
    Insane Game Day Desserts for a Sweet Fangating Gathering
    Diet-Driven Fangating Fare: Tasty Gluten-Free Dishes that All Guests Will Enjoy

"The Hungry Fan’s® Game Day Cookbook” includes a whopping 165 Fangating™ recipes—including 40 that she collected from Olympians and professional athletes like LeBron James, Boomer Esiason, Michael Jordan and Andre Agassi!


WGST's "The Sully Show" for 1/29/16 - PGA Merchandise Show

Rick is down in Orlando at the 63rd PGA Merchandise Show, held Jan. 26-29. This is where the golf season kicks into high gear, with all the new product announcements and the debut of everything golf for 2016.

Tuesday is always Outdoor Demo Day, but the show at the Orange County Convention Center is going on thru today. Rick is seeing all the new products and hot trends.

Here is some of what Rick has taken in at the PGA Show:

1.  It's the 100th Anniversary of the PGA of America.

- Not the PGA Tour, but the PGA of America
Founded in 1916, The PGA of America is the largest working sports organization in the world, comprised of more than 28000 dedicated men and women who are ambassadors of the sport of golf. Certified golf instructors and promoters of the game of golf to everyone, everywhere.

2.  Ship Sticks

Golfers can travel with their clubs all they want, and it never really gets easier. I’ve schlepped my golf clubs around airports all over the world, and it’s still a pain rolling the bag from the economy parking lot, or loading and unloading them on rental-car shuttles, squeezing them onto an escalator. At most airports, you have to drop off and pick up the bag at a separate location from your regular baggage.

At the most basic level, checking a golf bag is often a little cheaper than shipping them. (Ship Sticks offers a base rate of $39 for bags under 42 pounds.) Southwest Airlines still costs nothing as long as it’s one of your first two checked bags. On other airlines, it’s $20-$100 to check bags.

But looking beyond the black-and-white math of the airlines’ $0-$100 vs. Ship Sticks’ $39 and up, there are still a lot examples where shipping your luggage makes more sense. PGA members as well as PGA Tour pros have made a habit out of using the service.
Great idea for getting your golf clubs to where you are playing and you don't have to lug them or do the work.
    Easy-to-use web site
    Ship golf bags anywhere
    Ship using a travel bag, hard case or a box
    Personal customer service and claims assistance

See the real cost of checking your bag >
Guaranteed + Insured

    On-time Guarantee
    $200 consequential insurance for delayed shipments
    $1,000 of baseline insurance included
    Insure up to $3,500
    Partnered with UPS & FedEx

3. Boa and FootJoy Partnership

Boa Technology and the Boa Closure System powers product across a wide range of categories including snow sports, cycling, running, outdoor/trail, motor sports, water sports, even equestrian.  And that’s just the sport categories!  You can also find Boa on utility and prosthetics.

They have now partnered with FootJoy, a brand that has been making great golf shoes for a long time.
 FootJoy, the #1 shoe in golf, has a long history of developing comfortable, performance golf shoes featuring the latest materials and technology. The Boa Closure System enables FootJoy to deliver an even higher level of comfort and stability through a truly custom fitting golf shoe no matter your size or fit preference.

4. GOLFZON Simulators come to the U.S.

GOLFZON, with headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, made its debut at the 2015 PGA Show soon after finalizing a position as an Official Marketing Partner and the Official Golf Simulator of the LPGA and the installation of a simulator in the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla. GOLFZON is also the golf training system for the Korean National Team and has simulators situated globally, presenting golf in a way never seen before.

"We are excited to publicize the excellent technology and quality of GOLFZON at the world's largest golf exposition and look forward to the response from attendees and media at this important event," said Tommy Lim, the Vice President of the EU and American Business division at GOLFZON. "Participation in the show will serve as momentum in further aggressively targeting the North American and global golf markets."

Since its establishment in May 2000, GOLFZON has been trying to overcome the entry barrier to golf and expand the number of golfers under the corporate philosophy, "making golf enjoyable for everyone," believing that golf should be no longer exclusive for the upper class only.

Some numbers to consider about GOLFZON's impact:

• 43: Number of countries where GOLFZON has a presence.
• 2000: The year GOLFZON was founded in Seoul, South Korea.
• 5,500: Sites around the world for GOLFZON.
• 25,000: Number of simulators in operation around the world.
• 130,000: South Koreans playing on GOLFZON simulators daily.
• 200,000: People around the world playing on GOLFZON simulators daily.
• 1.7 million: Online GOLFZON members.

5.  BioMech Putting App and Sensor

- An app that can improve our putting stroke, it's worth a try.

BioMech Sports is using technology to improve your putting. First there was the AccuLock ACE putter, as it was a putter designed with biomechanics, physiology and physics in mind. The thought here is a  legal putter that allows better vision and takes the unpredictable muscles in the arms, wrists and hands out of play is something golfers of all levels can benefit from and trust.
BioMech continues its wave of innovation with the introduction of the BioMech Golf App and real-time Putting Analysis Sensor, the first such products to not only identify mistakes in the putting stroke but to actually help fix them.
Among the putting elements that the BioMech Golf App & Sensor identify throughout the stroke are:
    Position of the putter throughout the putting stroke
    Path direction back and through
    Putter face orientation and loft at address and impact
    Detailed analysis of timing, acceleration and force changes at any point throughout the stroke


My Appearance on WGST's "The Sully Show" 1/23/15 - PGA Show

Rick is at the PGA Merchandise Show all this week in Orlando.

Looking at all the new golf tech and products

Rick is also staying at the Reunion Resort in Orlando, home of the Annika Academy... Annika Sorenstam's academy, where they use use high tech traning techniques and fitness technique to make batter golfers.

Have a listen:

1.  Virtual Green by Golf Scene

A dynamic, shifting putting green designed to revolutionize the putting experience in golf simulators. Virtual Green is a moving putting green and software that changes the landscape and contour of flat turf via thousands of pinpoints beneath the surface to mimic an actual golf green.

"As the premiere event for golf professionals, the PGA Merchandise Show is the perfect platform to debut our patented innovation. Debuting Virtual Green in front of thousands of enthusiasts is very exciting, we look forward to enhancing the future of putting in golf simulators," stated Sean Coffman of Virtual Green.
2. Robogolfpro

The RoboGolfPro develops a customized swing for each player. You can discover the swing that works best for your body and store it in RGP’s computer for future reference! The robot works so well because it relies on motor learning to train the golfer to automatically remember the correct swing form.

The robotic swing trainer has been grabbing the attention of professional golfers like Vaughn Taylor, who has found quick success from his training. He has even purchased one for his home. Scot W.R. Nei, founder of RoboGolfPro, who has partnered with Lori Heller, Heller Events, to distribute and sell the robot and events across North America and Europe, says, “Vaughn texts me all the time with comments like, ‘I had my best round ever in over 6 years' and says that his swing is better than ever!”

3.  Soxxy

The coolest non-slip sox on the planet. From stripes, spots and metallics in a variety of colors – Soxxy is changing-up this once dull category by combining high fashion with utilitarian function.
Perfect for golfers, travelers, athletes.  Keeps the blod flowing while playing and great for recovery.


4. Knuth's "High Heat: Driver

A new driver based on Anti-Submarine Warfare
The club is the brainchild of Dean Knuth. Why does that name sound familiar? For 16 years, he was in charge of monitoring handicaps for the United States Golf Association and was dubbed "the Pope of Slope" because he was the primary inventor of the USGA Course Rating and Slope System. Knuth, who turned 60 this year, retired from the USGA a few years ago to move to San Diego, where he ran a software company. Now he's an engineer for Northrup-Grumman, which took over the software company, and he has pursued an inventor's dream — making a better driver.

Knuth got the idea for the High Heat at a World Scientific Golf Congress at St. Andrews in the '90s when he heard a visiting professor theorize that there should be a way to significantly decrease the loss of energy from the driver to the ball. Knuth, who has a masters degree in computer systems technology, had done research on energy passing through different mediums (such as metals, air and water) while in the Navy's postgraduate school, which he attended from 1975 to 1978. His postgrad program focused on anti-submarine warfare.

He needed a tough-but-thin metal to achieve that optimal frequency, but the Chinese titanium typically used in golf clubs broke down in his design. Knuth found a Russian titanium called ET 22 that was strong enough — after he made it into sheet metal instead of forging it, used a laser to cut it and pressed it into a die at 70 tons per square inch.

5.  Yamaha with new golf carts with an AC charge

Just plug them in to get them charged up.

Yamaha now has golf carts with a DC charge, gas, and AC charge.

The AC charge carts have 7 horse power in them, great for climbing hills on the course