WILSON GOLF GM Tim Clarke and former NHL star Jeremy Roenick are two of the judges for Wilson Golf’s Driver vs Driver 2, coming in fall on The Golf Channel. McQ’s Dome in Bolingbrook is your place for winter golf, OTB and a great grill. ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG BY RORY SPEARS, Director of Content. Follow Rory to the PGA Merchandise Show, and on Twitter @GogBlogGuy. With the new Callaway Rogue Driver.

DEMO DAY, it’s like the opening tee shot for the annual PGA Merchandise Show.

It’s one big circular driving range, that has a lot of golf pro’s and other folks hitting golf balls.

It’s one of those days where if you are a range ball pick up guy, like I once was, you just keep driving all day long.

I decided to get there early this year, a good idea, but the line to get in was several hundred deep if, you had preregistered. Right out of the blocks the buzz was over at the Wilson area on the range, as the judges got introduced for the Driver vs Driver 2 show, coming this fall after the Ryder Cup on The Golf Channel. Plus the chance to hit the prototypes competing on the show, and then get interviewed with your thoughts on the clubs, and then a chance to be on the show when it starts to air.

It will be interesting when the shows run, who made it on the air, and who got left on the cutting room floor. Wilson will have a winner in time to launch it around Black Friday. Former Chicago Blackhawk Jeremy Roenick tells me he will put the winning driver in his bag when it hits the market.

IN ADDITION to Wilson, another one of the days big winners was Callaway Golf that had everyone lined up to hit the new Rogue Driver, and other Rogue clubs in the line. I hit the driver and after topping the first one on my first swing of the day, I really smoked the next five shots. This club has “plenty” of potential.

Besides the Rogue Callaway has improved it’s Chrome X golf ball and it’s line of Mack Daddy Wedges by Roger Cleveland. No complaints here on either of those products.

TITLEIST came though as a winner on demo day in the wedge area, with the new SM 7’s by Bob Vokey. The wedge area was filled most of the day with golfers just hitting flop shots into the target green.

There was some buzz over Cleveland Golf, and Ping as well. Taylor Made with it’s new R4 had a line of people waiting to that club as well.

But when it was all said and done, I’d say Callaway Golf, Wilson Golf and Titleist came away as the three winners. Generating the most traffic at their stations with new products and the new Driver vs Driver TV show. RS

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About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WCPT AM820 Chicago, he writes for both the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine, and formerly Chicagoland Golf. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, within the golf industry.