Video blog: Day 1 at PGA Merchandise Show

Butch Harmon laughs with Natalie Gulbis during the 2011 PGA Merchandise Show.
Butch Harmon laughs with Natalie Gulbis during the 2011 PGA Merchandise Show. ( Tracy Wilcox )

Thursday, January 27, 2011

ORLANDO, Fla. – Natalie Gulbis draws a crowd wherever she appears, and opening day of the PGA Merchandise Center was no different. Gulbis, one of the LPGA’s most photogenic stars, stopped by the Winn Grips booth shortly before noon Thursday for a meet-and-greet with attendees at the annual show, alongside renowned instructor Butch Harmon. The line – perhaps 100 or so – snaked around the booth. Gulbis signed posters and chatted as cell-phone cameras captured the occasion. Meanwhile, at the Bridgestone booth next door, Matt Kuchar conducted an interview of Davis Love III, the newly named Ryder Cup captain and recent Bridgestone endorser, via satellite before Love’s tee time in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

Yes, the stars were out in force at the PGA Merchandise Show, but went deeper, to the strange and unusual products at this year’s Show:

At the PURE Grips booth, Wes Brasher unveils the company’s tacky, all-weather, no-installation grips:

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Renowned instructor Butch Harmon took a few minutes Thursday to chat with during Day 1 of the PGA Merchandise Show. Harmon, who has a stable of students including Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, was in the Winn Grips booth, along with LPGA star Natalie Gulbis:

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After a long day at the PGA Show, we received a complimentary massage thanks to Inada Massage Chairs, and sales rep Mickey Russ explains how a good massage can help improve your scores:

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We stopped by the Boo Weekley Apparel booth to talk with Mark Segall, brand manager of the company, who explained that camouflage apparel is making a big splash on Tour . . . thanks to Boo:

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Gold-toed shoes . . . knickers . . . only at Vecci Fashions. We chatted with the nattily attired Tony Del Vecchio, whose line and shoes were inspired by the late Payne Stewart: readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.