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N.C. well represented at PGA Merchandise Show

The largest annual golf event in the U.S. typically attracts more than 40,000 people to the show held each year in Orlando.
The largest annual golf event in the U.S. typically attracts more than 40,000 people to the show held each year in Orlando.
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Nearly 30 companies and organizations based in North Carolina will be at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show this week in Orlando, Fla., including three universities.

Campbell, N.C. State and Methodist all are expected to have representatives at the event to promote their golf-related curricula.

The show is scheduled to run Tuesday through Friday at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

The Eaton Corp., a Southern Pines-based company that makes Golf Pride grips, also will have a booth at the show.

"Our new grips are some of the most technologically advanced products to date, and we look forward to sharing them with the world at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show," said Brandon Sowell, global sales and marketing manager - Eaton's Golf Grip division. "The show continues to be the perfect venue for us to launch our new products and show the golf world why eight out of 10 PGA Tour players choose Golf Pride."

Michael Breed and David Leadbetter are expected to make guest appearances at the Golf Pride booth. Breed is scheduled to be there from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, and Leadbetter is scheduled for 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Leadbetter is expected to return for an hour Thursday, starting at 11 a.m.

In conjunction with Breed's appearance Wednesday, Golf Pride representatives will present the Folds of Honor Foundation with a check for $15,000 thanks to its Z-Grip Patriot fundraiser from 2013.

A newcomer to the golf world, Raleigh-based Dirty Larry Golf also is expected to unveil its latest training aid this week at the show.

"The Navigator is an eye-training instrument that attaches to the shaft of any putter," a company press release states. "It relies on alignment rods to demonstrate putter face angle at address and at impact."

The founder of the company, “Dirty” Larry Feistel, said he believes the tool has massive mainstream potential.

“The Navigator is a simple device that really works," Feistel said in a press release. "In my teaching, I look for three things before prescribing a training aid to a client: Does it correct poor motion? Does it provide feedback when executing
properly or improperly? Does skill acquired translate onto the course?

"The Navigator does all three. And that’s a very rare thing.”

J. Eric Eckard writes about all things golf on his second golfer blog. You also can follow him on Twitter.