Friday

The Little Linksters and Their Amazing Swings

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Huge... overwhelming.... a sensory overload.  ~ Those are the descriptives you hear when someone talks about the PGA merchandise show. And that's exactly what you feel when you attend the event for the first time... and every time.

There's always an amazing array of product... and an eclectic group of people presenting, buying and writing about it all.  Innovative... and sometimes, categorically wacky... golf equipment, apparel and accessories fill the massive convention center. The vibe is ultra-high energy.

As per usual, I have just one day to take it all in... I leave Westchester at 6:30AM and return on a 7:55PM flight from Orlando... but I've done the "PGA Show turn-around" thing before - this is always a busy time of year for me and one day is all I ever seem to have time for.

To that end I've been reading all the show news I can find and making a list of the must-sees. I'll share my own impressions this weekend.

In the meantime, I've got to say, it's hard to imagine there'll be anything more impressive to see than The Little Linksters and their Amazing Golf Swings.  For those who aren't familiar with Little Linksters, it's a Pee-Wee Golf program developed by Brandon Elliot, a dedicated class A PGA Professional whose friendly, fun style and admirable patience, sets the tone for an amazing learning experience.

Today, Brandon welcomed Annika Sorenstam ...among other golf celebrities... who served as judges for the "Best Pee-Wee Golf Swing in America" contest, and the category winners were presented. As the PGA's John Kim wrote in his daily buzz report, "A large crowd gathered around “The Littlest Golfer” booth to watch videos of some amazing toddlers and kids and the celebration of the winners.

They truly are amazing and the program is great!  Not only for the children acquiring precociously perfect swings, but also for the growth of the game and watching the compilation made me wish Brandon Elliot and Little Linksters had been around when I was a kid.