Demo Day Blog: SNAG ideal for beginners
Demo Day at the PGA Merchandise Show
The PGA Merchandise Show kicked off Jan. 25 with Demo Day at Orange County National in Orlando, Fla. Merchandisers and pros took to the range early to showcase new products.
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. – Beginners no longer require an expensive -- and extensive -- introduction to the game.
Adding another element to the Grow the Game movement, Starting New at Golf (SNAG) is a first-touch system that teaches the sport to everyone from children to active seniors by using developmentally appropriate equipment -- big-faced clubheads, big golf balls, big putter heads -- that can be plied on the field, in gym class or on the range.
Sold primarily to teaching professionals, player-development programs and physical education instructors, the SNAG kit includes clubs, targets, training tools, balls and launch pads, with portable targets such as the Flagsticky, Bullseye and Rollerama.
Beginners stand inside the hoop block, designed to teach arm control for different strokes and swings.
From there, you can putt, using the roller brush to teach a slow, rhythmic stroke.
You can chip, using the SNAG-o-Matic to show beginners the proper form around the greens. This tool is placed on the inside of the left forearm (for right-handers) to simulate proper positioning through impact and, more importantly, prevent deceleration.
You can pitch, using the SNAGazoo to put beginners in the correct “L” or “9 o’clock” position on the backswing.
And you can hit full shots, using the Snapper to go through a series of four exercises that focuses on proper motion of the hands, arms and weight distribution.
The SNAG balls are smaller than a tennis ball but larger than a golf ball -- kind of like playing T-ball.
And just like baseball, the SNAG system is a fun, easy, affordable introduction to the game.
-- Ryan Lavner
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You’ve probably seen the commercial: You can’t play golf with those big grips!
Apparently, you can.
The stars of the JumboMax grip commercials have a little fun debunking some myths about big grips and explain how they actually can improve your game.
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Want to learn more about your golf swing? Want to groom a motion like the pros? This training device from Swing Smart offers digital feedback on everything from swing speed to club arc.
Angelo Papadourakis, the CEO of Swing Smart, explains how this innovative product can help your game.
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If you’ve ever played golf in the rain, you know how difficult it can be to hold onto the grips when wet.
With the HIRZL golf glove, that no longer is an issue.
Gary Sheppard, the CEO and president of HIRZL, demonstrates why a little rain doesn’t have to mean higher scores.