2022 PGA Golf Show Recap
By Kathlyn Swantko
The PGA Show has always been an important connection for the golf industry and PGA members to source new products, learn new business strategies, and build relationships with manufacturers and other industry leaders. This year’s 69th edition of the PGA Show, which ran from January 25-28, in Orlando, Florida, was extra special, since it was the first opportunity to personally reconnect after the two-year-long pandemic hiatus. “While the PGA Show transformed this year under the challenges of COVID,” said PGA Golf Exhibitions VP, Marc Simon. “It became a bridge to help many in the industry drive their business forward in 2022 and beyond.”
Nearly 15,000 PGA Professionals, golf leaders, industry executives, and retailers attended the show to source new developments and innovations. Over 600 participating exhibitors and brands showcased thousands of products and services.
The Fashion Buyer Lounge, home to the annual live fashion show, anchored the north end of the exhibit hall, and other popular exhibitor pavilions stretched the expanse between the ends, including the New Product Zone, Inventor’s Spotlight Pavilion, Golf Fitness, Wellness & Instruction Pavilion and Stage, Golf Travel Pavilion and Adaptive Golf Center.
The 2022 event also provided an opportunity for innovative textile companies to launch a variety of technical products for a broad range of end-use applications, including: technical fabrics for golf apparel, impact screen material for golf simulators, as well as wool and cotton throws, blankets, pillows, scarves, and totes.
Carvico Inc. / Jersey Lomellina (JL), known as the first textile manufacturer in Italy to specialize in the production/dyeing/finishing of woven fabrics. This approach proved successful, as the company has become the trend-setting Italian market leader in the production of stretch, warp-knitted fabrics. Today, the Carvico Group is known for its high-quality “Made in Italy” sustainable textiles with the perfect blend of technical features.
At the 2022 PGA Show, the Carvico Group showcased fabrics that feature “excellence in motion” and “performance evolution” in warp knit and circular knit fabrics. The company’s key performance fabrics for the golf market include it’s Carvico Dolomiti, a UV protective, brushed, bi-elastic polyester fabric, and it’s Carvico Artica fabric, a brushed bi-elastic fabric with hollow microfilaments. The Jersey Lomellina division featured its JL’s 3D fabric and the JL3D Medium fabric, performance pique fabrics with strength and elasticity.
Everest Textile USA, headquartered in Taiwan, is an R&D-oriented and vertically-integrated textile manufacturer that specializes in yarn spinning, twisting, weaving, dyeing, finishing, printing, coating, laminating and special finishing. At the PGA Show, Everest featured a new fabric, made of 100% polyester from its TIDE Ocean Recycled-Plastic Collection. The #tide ocean material is a global supply chain for 100% upcycled ocean-bound plastic waste, developed in partnership with Swiss scientists, that turns 100% ocean-bound plastic into new premium raw materials. The #tide yarn can be used for any high-quality polyester textiles.
Considering the abundance of green opportunities for environmental protection, Everest Textile has become a leading sustainable textile manufacturer and a long-term partner with several international outdoor sports brand customers. The company has earned its reputation by developing/supplying value-added, innovative bio-based materials and fashion-and-functional fabrics to multiple leading global brands within the sports, outdoor, casual, and industrial markets. All Everest Textile products and its production processes are certified by the Swiss bluesign® organization.
Faribault Woolen Mill Company joined the 2022 PGA Show to celebrate its partnership with the US Olympic Committee, as an official licensee for Team USA 2022 and the LA28 Olympics. The launch of its 42” x 65” one-of-a-kind Team USA Blanket Throw Collection for the 2022 US Olympic and Paralympic Teams was showcased at the show.
Paul Grangaard, CEO of Faribault Woolen Mill, says, “We have produced quality blankets by Americans for Americans since 1865, so we felt this partnership was a perfect fit. Not only will we get to celebrate and support Team USA’s awe-inspiring athletes, but we’ll help Los Angeles welcome fans from around the world to the Summer Olympics right here at home in 2028.”
The Team USA Blanket Collection, made of 85% wool / 15% cotton, includes three designs that feature the TEAM USA logo, designed to keep Americans feel warm during the Winter Games of 2022, or cool during the Summer 2028 Games, as they cheer on Team USA’s athletes from the comfort of their homes, or wherever they may be. All blankets are made in the Faribault Woolen Mill facility in Minnesota.
Jason Mills USA showcased its wide range of densely knit polyester mesh/raschel fabrics for golf impact screens, along with its newest development (Style 1920-12) at the PGA Show. The golf impact screen market has generated increased interest and growth over the past decade. To meet this demand, Jason Mills continually develops the most effective technology for its good/better/best line of impact screen textiles.
Since golf balls can reach speeds of over 165 mph, impact screen fabrics need to be smooth, light, and able to maintain high-definition and improved ball-tracking imagery. In addition, the screen fabrics need to be strong enough to allow the ball to hit the screen with minimal bounce-back, screen-puckering, and safely absorb high-velocity impacts without tearing.
Jason Mills’ line of industrial-strength synthetic resin knits, in combination with the number-of-needles per inch and yarn weight, creates fabrics suitable for both standard- and high-definition imagery. Since wide-screen size is another important consideration, Jason Mills’ golf impact fabrics are always a minimum of 120 inches wide.