Archive for the ‘Equipment’ Category

Clay Merchent Riding a Golf Skate Caddy

By: Tony Adragna on January 24th, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-01-24 at 1.03.29 PMJunior Golfer, Clay Merchent, was able to ride a golf skate caddy, which were officially released at the 2014 PGA’s Merchandising Show in Orlando, Florida.

The Golf Skate Caddy is “gentler on the course, quieter than a traditional golf cart, more decadently decked out than most cars, and oh-so-easy-to-drive.”

To find out more information about the Golf Skate Caddy, visit their website at

To view the video of Clay riding the Golf Skate Caddy, see below:

Golf Cart GPS is being installed!

By: purgatorygolf on April 11th, 2013


GPS is being installed this week on our golf carts. They expect it to take the rest of the week to complete the fleet, but we took a tiny drive yesterday out to the 10th hole. The yardages were accurate and the touch screen worked, fabulous news! We still have work to do on our end for the food and beverage, and some other things. So if you come to visit this weekend, we’ll still be working out the bugs, but we’re super excited and can’t wait for you to try it out.

New Nike Covert Driver Hits the Market at 9:00 a.m.

By: purgatorygolf on February 8th, 2013

The new Nike Covert Driver becomes available today for the first time at 9:00 a.m. This is really revolutionary because it is the first cavity backed driver ever. In addition, you can adjust the loft and the lie yourself, with a simple tool. To top it off, it looks really cool.

2013 PGA Merchandise Show

By: Tenna Merchent on January 25th, 2013

The PGA Merchandise Show is going on right now in Orlando. We spent the whole day there yesterday. We studied the app and made favorites so we could make sure we saw the vendors we were most interested in visiting. Mine were:

  • The new product zone, where only brand new products are allowed, and I got in trouble for taking pictures. BTW, there are no signs saying no photography.
  • My preferred GPS vendor, and I liked what I saw, but sadly one of the reps was very sexist. That has motivated me to make sure we have a very strong policy statement on treating every guest with respect, no matter what their appearance.
  • Yardage books

Dick Merchent’s of course was the range ball vendor machine. He was in heaven looking at that equipment.

Clay Merchent was thrilled to get to meet Scotty Cameron, definitely the pinnacle of his week.

For us it’s a time to kick the tires on things we’ve already been considering. We say hi to old friends, and consider new things. We don’t actually make purchases, because we’re not impulse buyers. But it is a great opportunity to see some of the latest and greatest in our business.

Next week we’ll make the orders 😉

Did New Equipment Throw Rory Off?

By: Tenna Merchent on January 22nd, 2013

Did a bag full of new clubs cause Rory McIlroy to miss the cut in Abu Dhabi last week? New equipment is fun, and exciting, and we all want the shiny new toy. And new equipment can improve your game; it can also, in the short run, get you off tempo. Everything looks different, feels a little odd, you have to think for a second because it’s all new.

In a perfect world, new equipment should be used extensively prior to any competition. You need to know how far you hit every single club in your bag, without thinking about it. I’m sure Rory’s clubs were custom fitted just perfectly for him, and if you’re serious about the game, yours should be too. The weight and the length need to be appropriate for your body’s height and weight.

It’s like getting a new phone, you’re all excited because it’s lighter and thinner, but everything is a little bit different, and why can you get your voicemail! But eventually you figure it all out, and it is better and faster, and was worth the pain and learning curve. It’s the same with new golf equipment, you’re going to have a learning curve, just make sure you do it in your practice rounds.

Clay is quick to point out to me that after the 1st round Rory switched from his new Nike putter back to his old one. Reasonable enough choice, there was a lot on the line.

So did Rory’s new clubs throw him off last week in Abu Dhabi, possibly? Will he work through it and get used to his new club, most likely.


The PGA Merchandise Show, What Do You Want to See?

By: Tenna Merchent on January 17th, 2013

The 2013 PGA Merchandise Show is Next Week in Orlando Florida! As golf geeks, we can’t wait for this show every year. We get to see all the new cool:

  • Equipment, drivers, hybrids, putters, wedges
  • Golf balls
  • Men’s clothes
  • Women’s clothes
  • Children’s clothes
  • Shoes, belts, hats
  • Ball marks
  • Awards
  • Spinner vans, yes they have decked out spinner vans

You name it, if it exists at a golf course it will be at the show. There is a whole section devoted completely to brand new products. Some of them are crazy, do you really want a picture of your little girl on your driver head? But some are really cool like the Switch belts we started carrying last year.

If you have trouble with focus, this can be a challenge. It is soooo HUGE, I actually bought a backpack that has a scooter that flips down so I can make around the whole show this year. We go with definite goals of what we have to see, and what would be nice to see.

That’s where you come in, is there anything you want to see. I can take pictures, probably some video, ask questions, get prices if there is anything you want me to investigate, I have 6 days to add it to my list.

So, what do you want to see from the PGA show?

Hard Decisions about New Clubs

By: Tenna Merchent on July 17th, 2012

In this video, Mike and Clay Merchent discuss the difficult decision that Clay made regarding his awesome, but heavy new custom made clubs. His new club were custom made for him, so they were the right length and the proper lie, but they were still too heavy for his young swing. He ultimately made the tough decision to stick with his older junior clubs, and to save his new amazing custom clubs for when he is a little stronger and older. Very mature decision. Many junior golfers go to too long of a club before they are ready. It gives them short term benefits, but in the long run it hurts their game because the don’t learn how to generate club head speed with their core, which Clay actually does quite well.