THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB lets you plays this weeks PGA Tour venue, TPC Scottsdale, home of craziest par 3 hole on tour. It might cold outside today, so why not take it inside to the simulator bays of the Schaumburg Golf Club 401 N. Roselle Road, for details visit or call the club at (847)-885-9000. #indoorgolf        _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin and Facebook. At the front door of the Innisbrook Resort

(Reporting from the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor Florida)

If there is one destination golf property that’s been on the move in recent years, it’s Innisbrook just North of Tampa in the town of Palm Harbor.

It started a few years ago with golf course renovations on it’s PGA Tour Course-Copperhead, a tour player favorite.

What started as a bunker renovation of Copperhead, turned into a full golf course restoration says Innisbrook Director of Golf, Bobby Barnes.

“In 2015 we had the oldest turf on tour,” said Barnes. “In 2016 we had the newest and that was pretty exciting.” Paul Casey is expected to defend his Valspar Championship when the championship returns in March.

The Par 3, 3rd hole on the South Course.

After Copperhead was restored, the next step was the North Course, and that was completed in late 2017. The North Course at only 6,325 yards is the resorts shortest course, but by no means the easiest. In fact the resorts members can make an argument for almost all four of the golf courses being the hardest.

The North Course had it’s greens redone along with other improvements to trees, tee’s and bunkers. In 2018 the process continued to upgraded all four of architect Larry Packard’s Innisbrook Courses.

The greens like the Par 3, 5th hole have a true roll to them since they were upgraded.

This past year the resort not only undertook a project that covered a restoration of the South Course, but a major room renovation that has guests buzzing about the new look.

While on the golf course, the South Course starts off with 4 holes that play through the trees, before it opens up giving golfers plenty of room to work the golf ball.

But those more wide open holes, have a little more water in play, and a bigger change in elevation, that make for some challenging lies.

The room renovations at Innisbrook have brought rave reviews.

The last four holes bring an interesting mix of tests for golfers.

The water factor starts coming back into play, and all those wide open holes fade away and trees start to come back into what golfers see off the tee.

Two of the courses last four holes are par 3,s. Holes 16 and 18 are longer par 3’s, with the 16th playing from 215, the 18th hole goes back to 190.

The final par 5 hole, the 15th, has a water carry and water down the right side of the hole, so golfers must pick their angle of attack into the green.

Click here to hear the full interview with Innisbrook Director of Golf Bobby Barnes.

The South Course plays anywhere from 4,975 yards upfront, to 6,620 from the back tee’s.

Another resort favorite for some members and golfers is the resorts Island Golf Course, the comes complete with it’s fair share of water, and some narrow fairways on a few holes. So if your ready for a variety of golf courses, Innisbrook gives you courses to pick from, and plenty of options for instruction or golf schools.

Another favorite activity of guests is to visit the resorts Salamander Spa, it’s a great place to get your body ready for the golf course, to relax after a round.

For more information on Innisbrook, part of the Salamander Resort Chain of destination properties and hotels, see or call (877)-624-8055.


THE INNISBROOK GOLF RESORT in Tarpon Spring Florida is home to Four 18 hole golf courses including, Copperhead, home of the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship, coming this March. See and plan your next golf destination trip today. THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB, is now a year-round golf facility. You can choose a Top 100 golf course, including this weeks PGA Tour Course TPC Scottsdale home of the wildest Par 3 hole on tour. Visit or (847)-885-9000.    _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin and Facebook. In the office of Len Ziehm on Golf in Port St. Lucie Florida.

The Eskimo Open is in the books, and so is the 2019 PGA Show in Orlando.

Golf season for 2019 is underway, but there are still plenty of golf tournaments ahead to be played this year in the Chicago area.

There are plenty of stories yet to be told about the year ahead. Some tournaments have already started trying to recruit volunteers, and have started selling tickets.

The good news is that there will not be three big golf tournaments all held the same week again this year. 2019 Illinois Golf Hall of Fame nominee Len Ziehm joined us to give us his thoughts on the golf season and tournaments ahead in 2019.

Click here to hear the podcast with Len Ziehm looking at the golf season ahead in 2019.

There will be more podcasts with Len Ziehm over the course of the year. The Gog Blog returns this week.


 THE SIMULATOR BAYS at the Schaumburg Golf Club are open for play all winter long, come enjoy this weeks PGA Tour venue TPC Scottsdale on the right, and the crazy par 3,16th hole (shown without the stands) as you try to hit it close, and avoid the boo’s from your foursome if you miss the green. See or (847)-885-9000 ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, with Big 3 partner Len Ziehm, recorded live at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie Florida. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin and Facebook.

IT’S BACK…the PGA Show Podcast with members of the Big 3 of Chicago golf media group, Len Ziehm and the host of Golfers on Golf, yours truly Rory Spears.

With a few days to reflect on what we saw in Orlando, we break down the show and who were the winners and who was not not.

Did TaylorMade make a major mistake by not coming to the show, did they just get passed over by the other major players in the golf equipment business. Which Chicago companies hit it big on the equipment side, what shoe companies are on the move.

Click here to hear the Len Ziehm and Rory Spears Podcast and review of the demo day and convention center from the PGA Show.

Len and Rory will return with Part 2, a preview of the 2019 golf season in the Chicago area. So stay clicked in. The podcast was recorded in the studios in Port St. Lucie Florida.


Cold Weather got you down. Go out and go in the Mistwood Golf Dome, Open until 10 PM daily, Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook. A Top 100 Club fitter and home of Toptracer. See or call (630)-739-7600

WRITING FROM PGA VILLAGE in Port St. Lucie Florida.

No the weather has not been great, but it sure beat’s being at home. But the Gog Blog after some 24 days on the road, heads back to the home base this weekend.

Please clear all the roads of snow, and get the temps back to at least 30 degrees.

For the most part, I have not seen a lot of sun, or played much of my golf in temperatures of at least 60 degrees. It’s been a lot of 35-55 degree golf, but I’m playing at that is something in itself. After being sidelined last year with limited vision before my eye surgeries, the rounds were down, and I’m planning on not letting that happen again.

After attending the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show, I am really fired up to play more this year, and revamp my bag with new clubs. On the club side there is plenty to be excited about, and much to like in the lines of new clubs. Including what’s coming out from our local equipment suppliers, Wilson Golf, and Tour Edge Golf.

THE NEW EPIC FLASH DRIVER by Callaway, on the range at the Brad Brewer Academy in Orlando Florida.

On the driver front, I’m not sure there has been a year in recent memory to go get a new driver.

The is a huge buzz around the new Callaway Epic Flash driver, it has what golfers are looking for and that is more speed. It has a good feel and the ball is jumping off the face, if your buying a driver in 2019, do check out the Epic Flash before you make a decision.

But great drivers don’t stop there, Evan Hoffman’s Cortex the winner of Wilson Golf’s Driver vs Driver 2 program, has created a solid driver that will send your golf ball flying down the fairway. I hit the Cortex finally, at the end of the show and came away very impressed, and apparently so are golfers. The initial run of Cortex drivers made by Wilson has already sold out, and more are being built. Just to bounce off drivers for a second here, I spoke with Ryan First the Wilson Golf Territory Manager who got me to try the new Wilson D7’s Irons, and they have a great feel to them, the weighting seems like they not leave you with stinging hands after hitting shots on the cold days. For those of you in need of new Irons this summer, take a look at the D700’s before you make a decision.

Evan Hoffman the designer of the Wilson Cortex Driver, has much to be smiling about these days, after winning Driver vs Driver 2.

Batavia based Tour Edge Golf is on the move as well. Their line of Exotics is gaining in the the market, and a line of six champions tour players are now endorsing their product. The Tour Edge Tour Exotic EXS Drivers are solid.

Champions Tour leaders like Scott McCarron, Tom Lehman, Duffy Waldorf and Rocco Mediate are all endorsing Tour Edge, whose new product is catching the eyes of golfers and not just on the PGA Champions Tour.

If you are looking at new products in your golf bag this summer, don’t be afraid to check out the local golf companies from the Chicago area both Tour Edge and Wilson. Both companies are making very good clubs, that golfers of all levels should be looking into.

Both Titleist and Callaway have made improvements to their golf balls. For Titleist the Pro V1 and Pro V1x have been improved, and the new Callaway Soft ERC golf balls do fly well, and I found out they were a good ball when being used in 30-40 degree weather.

Champions Tour Player Scott McCarron with Tour Edge President David Glod look at the new Tour Edge Exotics at the PGA Show.

What else jumped out at the show. The presence of both Top Golf and Toptracer, and I will have more on that here in the days ahead, and in the first issue of Chicagoland Golf, that appears at the Chicago Golf Show late February in Rosemont. The only winter golf show in town this year, with both the Lake County and Tinley Park Shows being cancelled.

TopGolf had major convention floor and demo day space, their new facility in the Chicago area, will open in Schaumburg late this summer.

Golf shoes, they keep getting better and better every year. FootJoy, Callaway, Adidas and New Balance had new shoes out this year. Shoes with more comfort added protection on the area’s that wear the most, shoes that will keep your feet dryer when needed on wet days. New Balance has really created a new shoe golf shoe line, after being the shoe for years for runners, and marathon runners.

With several equipment companies making returns to the show this year, or adding floor space, I don’t think that TaylorMade was missed all that much. If I’m a TM staff professional, I have to question why. Rumor was that TM will release new products later this year, and their presence at the show could cause informational leaks about what they have in the drawing board. If you want to believe that.

The apparel companies all had some interesting product designs for the spring and summer ahead, I have a story with Antigua and Greg Norman apparel lines coming up.

Oak Brook Terrace base Zero-Friction has some great new golf gloves and is continuing to make progress in the section of the market, also check out their colored golf balls and various tee models.

Peakvision a newer company in the world of sunglasses, had CEO Davis Feaser at the show, I am finding that they are a great design and feel great on and off the golf course. See for more details.

I’m in the offices today of in Port St. Lucie at PGA Village, don’t forget to visit Len’s site for more details on the PGA Show. The Gog Blog returns this week from the Sunshine State. Stay clicked in. RS


  THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB now has year round golf in it’s simulator area, in the lower level of the clubhouse. Why not play a round of golf this week, on this weeks PGA Tour venue, TPC Scottsdale (R) the home of the crazy par 3,16th hole. For more details please visit or call to reserve your tee time at (847)-885-9000.        ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin and Facebook. On the 17th hole of the Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort.

THE DAYS STARTS with a Kudo’s to Doug Ghim on his Top 20 finish at the Farmers Insurance Classic on the PGA Tour this past week.

Ghim opened the week with a 63 and was T-4 heading into the final round, but backed up with a 75 on Sunday. Ghim made the most of his sponsors exemption, and hopefully he will get more shots at the PGA Tour when he’s not on the Tour this year.

Ghim has said he will play in the event at the Glen Club that will be run by the Western Golf Association, and benefit the Evan Scholars. Tickets for that event that will run into the Memorial Day weekend are not on sale. Visit for details.

CONDOLENCES to everyone who knew former Cog Hill Superintendent Ken Lapp who passed away on Jan. 18th. Lapp (82), worked at St. Andrews in West Chicago for six years, before moving to Fresh Meadow in Hillside in 1955. In 1973 he went to Cog Hill Golf & Country Club where he stayed through 2012. When he retired in 2012, he was one of only 10 superintendents who had host 20 or more PGA Tour events, and three USGA Championships including the 1997 U.S. Amateur.

“Ken’s dedication, love and passion for agronomy is unmatched and his legacy will forever be intertwined with Cog Hill,” stated Frank Jemsek, Cog Hill owner. “He will be greatly missed.”

The Clubhouse at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor Michigan.

Joshua Doxator, PGA has been selected as the new General Manager of The Jack Nicklaus Signature Design Golf Course at the Harbor Shores Resort in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Doxator was selected as part of a national search to fill the position.

Doxator will start at the club on Feb. 18th and has a reputation for being an innovator in the golf industry for guest services, and food and beverage operations.

Doxator joins Harbor Shores after after previously serving as the PGA COO at Thornberry Creek, the official golf course of the Green Bay Packers.

“I am excited to join a team that has used golf as a redevelopment catalyst for it’s community and, as host to the most prestigious Championship in senior golf, and continues to be a centerpiece for growing the game,” said Doxator.  The Sr. PGA Championship will return to Harbor Shores in 2020.

The Medinah Country Club, clubhouse. Home of the 2019 BMW Championship.

The 2019 BMW Championship is still looking for volunteers. Response has been strong for the championship, as 1,500 of the 2,000 volunteer positions have been already filled.

The championship will be played from August 13-18 at the Medinah Country Club.

This will be the first time the championship will be held at Medinah since the 1966 Western Open. Volunteers work both inside and outside the ropes of the championship, and there are 22 volunteer committees. Shifts range from 4-6 hours and volunteers are asked to purchase a volunteer package at $129. The value of the package is $629. As a volunteer you receive Two Peter Millar shirts, one Peter Millar outerwear piece, one BMW hat or visor, and a BMW Championship Pin. register at

The 102nd WGA Junior Championship at Rich Harvest Farms

Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove will host it’s first WGA Championship since the Western Amateur in 2015, when it hosts the 102nd Western Junior Golf Championship.

The Western junior is the oldest junior championship in the United States. This years championship runs from June 17-20.

This years championship will have a field of the top junior players from over 40 states, and will have international players. The field is 156 players, and the top three finishers get exemptions into the Western Amateur. Past winners include Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler. Admission is free, volunteers can sign up at

Crane Lakes in Daytona Beach is a course built for speed.

Speed is always a topic of conversation in the Daytona area in January and February.

With the Daytona 500 running along with other smaller races, Daytona is a place that has a need for speed.

Golfers who enjoy playing fast will enjoy Daytona area courses like Crane Lakes, that is only 5,200 yards from the back tees. The par 66 course has eight par 3’s. The Hidden Lake golf course is a par 69 that plays 5,424 from the back tees, and none of the par 4’s reach 400 yards. Riviera Country Club is only 6,250 all the way back, but is viewed as an old school golf course with pace-of-play in mind. Daytona Beach has some 30 golf courses, and you can learn more at

The Gog Blog returns late on Monday.


  THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME, is now open daily until 10 PM, come checkout the new Toptracer and McWethy’s Sportsbar on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook (630)-739-7600. IT’S year round golf at the Schaumburg Golf Club on Roselle Road, the simulaotrs havebeen updated with Top 100 and Ryder Cup courses. (847)-885-9000.     _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation, Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin and Facebook. On the 17th hole on the Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort.

MATTHEW WAS HERE and now Jack is back.

The Hammock Beach Resort in the Palm Coast area on the East Coast of Florida, has a Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, that included six golf holes that gave views of the Atlantic ocean, that is normally a great golf experience.

Then one day in October of 2016, the course had a visit from the forceful winds of hurricane Matthew and things changed quickly.

The Bermuda grass was never intended to handle the amount of salt water that Matthew dumped on the Ocean Course. The nine foot waves crashed all over the course and killed the grass, and did damage to other parts of golf course.

The par 4, 9th hole runs along the ocean, and is rated as the No.1 handicap hole on the golf course.

So on October 6th of 2016 the course was closed and the Nicklaus design team was contacted, and a master plan was created to restore the ocean front golf course.

The restoration of the golf course included staying with the original Nicklaus design, but included a re-grassing of all fairways, greens and rough, with a salt-tolerant “Platinum Paspalum.”

Reconstruction was needed to repair all of the tee boxes, bunkers and green complexes, most of which has been damaged in the storm. But the work didn’t stop there. The Ocean Course has a dune line that runs for over a mile, and is still being restored to the guidelines created by the State of Florida Conservation Department. As a result, there are some new dunes forming that are creating better protection for the coastline, while the clearing out of the bush-line along the coast, has created amazing  new views for golfers while playing the Ocean Course.

The 174 yard par 3, 17th hole on the Ocean Course.

Nicklaus told resort officials, that he still liked the original design, and didn’t want to change the golf course during the restoration, just restore and improve what had been lost or damaged during Matthew.

There is a fair amount of water on the Ocean course, and not just along the ocean. But it doesn’t make the golfer repeatedly hit forced carries into the green.

The course has six sets of tee’s to play from and the yardage ranges from, 4,202 up front, to the Level VI tees or the tips that play at 7,176 and to a par of 72. At times, the wind off the ocean can be strong so golfers should take that into account before deciding what set of tee’s to play from.

Since the restoration the Ocean Course has received several awards from various national golf publications.

   The view from the bridge on the way to the first tee, and the plaque that tells about the work done by the Nicklaus Team.

Click here to hear an interview with General Manager Brett Hauer, and Head Golf Professional Jeff Hager, on the Ocean Course, the Hammock Beach Resort, and the resorts second golf course, The Conservatory by Tom Watson, located just minutes from the resorts hotel, has served as one of the host golf courses for the B1G Ten Conference Men’s Match Play Golf Championship, along with the Ocean Course.

  The clubhouse at the Conservatory the Hammock Beach resorts second golf course designed by Tom Watson, and par 4, second hole at the Conservatory (R).  The Conservatory at 7,740 yards is the longest course in the State of Florida, and has the highest slope and rating.

  The Hammock Beach Resort Hotel, and a sunrise view of the ocean from one of the spacious rooms located within the hotel (R).

Hammock Beach Resort is located 20 miles south of St. Augustine on Florida’s east coastline, with scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean. It has numerous activities besides golf, and they include a highly rated spa. In the clubhouse is the resorts Atlantic Grill for fine dining. There are multiple pools where you lounge and decide if a dip in the ocean or the pool is best for you. If your game is Tennis or Volleyball, Hammock Beach has those options for you. There is plenty to do for the kids and summer is a busy time for the resort, since with it’s ocean front location, the resort does not get as hot as some other locations in Florida.

The drive to Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom and other Disney Park’s is only 90 minutes. There are more planned improvements for the resort in the months ahead, so click into the resorts website at The resort phone is (386)-246-5500, and pro shop number for tee times or other golf questions is (386)-447-4611. The resort is an easy drive from either the Jacksonville or Daytona Airports.


THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB is now a year-round golf facility, and you can enjoy simulator golf all-winter long. The bay area has room for food and beverage , that you can order from Chandlers Chop House right upstairs. Why not play matches against your foursome on the 2018 and 2020 Ryder Cup venues. Have your game ready for the start of the outdoor season by playing in the simulators all year round. For tee times and more information visit or call the golf course at (847)-885-9000.    _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin and Facebook. On the 18th hole at Mid Pines in Southern Pines NC.

(Reporting from the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando FL.)

Titleist the No.1 ball in golf, has made it’s top performing golf ball the Pro V1 and Pro V1x even better, which might be hard to do, but Titleist says they have done it yet again.

Titleist has not stopped with just the golf ball, late in 2018 they upgraded their drivers with the addition of the TS metal woods. On the wedge side, Bob Vokey the “Wizzard of Wedges” has added a new look to the SM-7 wedges. More on that in another story.

Click here to hear Vice President of Golf Ball Marketing Michael Mahoney discuss the improvements to the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball.

Titleist VP of Golf Ball Marketing Michael Mahoney talks the Titleist golf ball.

The new Pro V1’s have everything that golfers look for, ways to fly it further, a reduced spin rate, and better feel where you need it on the golf course.

Titleist has not given up on it’s others golf ball models, leaving the golfer with options for the type of golf ball they want to play, and one that puts them in the price point they want to pay.

From the professional level, Mahoney says that Titleist professional staff players have been very pleased with the results of the new Pro V1’s while playing on tour.

Click here to hear the interview with Brett Porath the Titleist Director of Club Fitting.

Titleist professional staff players have been pleased with what Brett Porath, the Titleist Director of Club Fitting says are “the results from the new Titleist TS-2 and TS-3 metal woods and including an ultra-thin Titanium crown that allows for faster speed.” The feeling is that the TS-2 and TS-3 metals are the best drivers that Titleist has ever built.

Both Titleist TS metals and the new Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls are now available in golf pro shops and retail outlets.

You can see for yourself by testing the TS metals at a Titleist demo day. See to find demo days near you, and for more information on Titleist products.


  THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME in Bolingbrook is now open daily until 10 PM. This year the dome had added Toptracer Technology, which gives golfers several options on how they can enjoy their time in the golf dome. While there golfers can enjoy great food and beverage while in McWethy’s Sportsbar. See everything the Mistwood Golf Dome has to offer at or call (630)-739-7600. THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB has become a year round golf facility with the addition of it’s simulator bays, that now include several Top 100 courses and the next Ryder Cup venue Whistling Straits. Visit or call (847)-885-9000 to book your tee time. #chandlersforfood.    ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy and on Linkedin and Facebook. At the French Lick Resort Hotel.

(Reporting from Orlando Florida and the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show)

The 2019 Merchandise Show started with demo day on Tuesday, and a few LPGA professionals were on hand to promote various products. Seen were Lexi Thompson, and Karrie Webb.

Webb joined demo day on 48 hours before her departure to play in events in her native Australia, to speak on behalf of Nippon Shafts, a product she has used for years.

With shafts now as important as the rest of the club in many cases, picking the right shaft during a fitting process can add much to a new club or set of clubs.

Karrie Webb speaking with the media at the Nippon Shaft tent at demo day.

Webb is looking forward to a year where at 44 she is just shy of being old enough to play in the Senior LPGA Championship at French Lick come October. Age requirements for the U.S. Senior Women’s Open are 50 years old.

Webb is already a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame with her 41 wins worldwide.

She won the U.S. Women’s Open in 2000 at the Merit Club in Libertyville.

Click here to hear the interview with Hall of Fame inductee Karrie Webb speak about her game, and playing with Nippon Shafts on her clubs. For more information on Nippon Shafts, see


INSIDE OR OUTSIDE, The Schaumburg Golf Club on Roselle Road has an exciting 2019 shaping up for golfers. First on the tee now is you when you come and work on your game this winter in the updated simulator bays on the lower level of the clubhouse that are now complete with several new Top 100 golf courses and Ryder Cup venues. The second phase of the renovation the Baer Nine should be complete around July 1st and open for play. or call the club at (847)-885-9000 #teetimes     _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. At the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show, Orlando Florida

(REPORTING FROM ORLANDO-and the Orange County Convention Center)

On Tuesday the demo day at the Orange County National Golf Club was packed with show attendee’s and one of the hot spots was the Wilson space when you entered the range area.

There was a line to hit and check out the new Wilson Driver Cortex and Wilson’s other clubs. The Distance challenge was a big hit in more ways than one.

This year being at demo day was different for the winner of Driver vs Driver 2, Evan Hoffman, because last year he was a secret and was kept away from most everyone who did visit the Wilson area, because it wasn’t supposed to be known who the finalists were.

Driver vs Driver 2 winner Evan Hoffman holds his winning driver the Cortex at the Wilson booth on Demo day

This year was different. Hoffman was one of the big hits with both media, and golf professionals lined up to meet him and Hoffman could talk to anyone he wanted.

Hoffman called the process nerve wracking, saying he knew that other finalists had good designs and you don’t know what the judges will do or think.

While the show ran only six weeks on the Golf Channel , the entire process took over one year to complete. But the process is one that Hoffman would go through again in “a heartbeat”. There was a hint from Wilson Golf President Tim Clarke that another show could be in the works, and an announcement could come in a few months, stay tuned.

Click here to hear the interview with Driver vs Driver 2 Winner Evan Hoffman.

Hoffman spent demo day looking at other equipment around the big circular range, who knows what he might come up with next time, if Wilson has another club creation program. See more at


 THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB at 401 North Roselle Road is home to a simulator golf cave, that has made the club a year-round golf facility that golfers are enjoying. With Schaumburg’s outdoor nine’s undergoing a three year renovation, the simulators give you a chance to have your game ready for summer golf, when the second nine the Baer Nine reopens around July 1st. Play golf at TPC Scottsdle and TPC Sawgrass, and the 2020 Ryder Cup venues. or call (847)-885-9000 for tee times.  ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin and Facebook. On the range with the Epic Flash Driver by Callaway.

(Reporting from Demo Day at the PGA Show, Orlando Florida)

The comeback is on, and that’s great news for Chicago based Wilson Golf that has sales on the rise, and golfers being impressed by the product that has been coming out on the market.

Wilson’s Driver vs Driver shows have been a stroke of genius by golf division president Tim Clarke. The current winning Driver the Cortex, is so popular that the initial product run that Wilson did, has sold out in less that 60 days.

Wilson Golf President Tim Clarke has a lot to be smiling about these days,as the 2019 golf season kicks in.

Clarke says he can’t speak to what might be happening next in the golf reality show front, but hints to watch for an announcement about what might be coming next, over the next few months.

The Cortex might have had demo day goers lined up to hit the Cortex or take the Wilson Golf distance challenge, but there was other things for Clarke and Wilson to be happy about. There are improvements in the Wilson fairway woods, Irons and golf balls.

Wedges seems to be area where Wilson might not yet stack up against other leading companies in the industry, so maybe Wedge vs Wedge could be next.

The Cortex is one of the leading hitters at this years demo day and 2019 PGA Merchandise Show.

Adding to the Wilson professional staff was another one of Clarke’s goals for 2019, and he landed a top 20 PGA Tour player in Gary Woodland. Woodland put Wilson products in his bag at the PGA Tour real season opener at Kapalua the Tournament of Champions, and Woodland had the lead after three rounds, played great in the final round but fell to second place. But still not a bad finish at a big event for the first week of having new clubs in the bag.

Woodland did not have Cortex in the bag that week, but there is still a chance that could happen this year, Stay dialed in.

Click here to listen to the interview with Wilson Golf President Tim Clarke, about new clubs, golf reality television, and new exciting staffers.

Clarke is also excited about the fact that long time Wilson staffer Padraig Harrington will serve as the 2020 team Europe Ryder Cup Captain at Whistling Straits.

Wilson Golf is making a comeback and selling well in the market place, find out all the details at