Charlie Lemay: A Day At The London Golf Show

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Charlie Lemay: A Day At The London Golf Show

The London Golf Show rolled into Earls Court last Friday giving golf enthusiasts the perfect day out.

 

Held at Earls Court Exhibition Centre, the show is in its eighth year and gathers a number of golf businesses while offering an interactive experience for golfers of all ages.

 

Free instruction from PGA Professionals is available as well as numerous competitions, with the jewel in the crown being the trick shot exhibition.

 

Geoff Swain and Kevin Carpenter were the showmen who go by the name 'golf trick shot boys' and put on a half hour exhibition to the amazement of onlookers. 

 

The double act do numerous stunts including hitting balls through their legs, teeing-off while on a unicycle and on each other’s shoulders, all the while keeping the crowd entertained with rib-tickling commentary.

 

Kevin Carpenter said, "We're not here to sell anything, just to entertain everyone."

 

"I watched the first trick shot world championship back in 2005 and thought it looked fun," Mr Carpenter added. "We've been to the Middle East and had celebrities such as Colin Montgomerie come and watch. This year we are trying to go to Abhu Dhabi to perform when the European Tour goes there."

 

Perhaps Mr Carpenter's most impressive trick was when he rode a unicycle and hit a shot, a stunt that had the crowd on the edge of their seats.

 

"I saw a Canadian guy ride a unicycle and was amazed and that's how that idea came about. I learnt how to ride the bike first and took it from there," added Mr Carpenter. 

 

When I asked him whether there had been any embarrassing accidents, Mr Carpenter replied, "The ball burst once. I fell gracefully. Nothing else has really gone wrong. We like to get the spectators out to try the activities so they can get an idea of the difficulty of the tricks. That can be pretty funny."

 

All the latest equipment was on show with brand reps on hand to answer any questions, as well as providing practice bays where equipment can be tested.

 

A particularly interesting stall was Factory Eleven's 'golf parc' equipment. The business aims to attract and retain young people in golf by providing golf equipment that maximises the fun aspects of the sport.

 

Large balls and clubs in conjunction with mini holes mean that children can get a taster of golf without the drawbacks of the sport that often put youngsters off.

 

A Factory Eleven spokesman said, "Some of the etiquettes and traditions of golf are great, but some also put children off such as time and money issues. Our equipment allows them to try the sport and we don't just want them to have fun, we want to retain them in the sport."

 

A stall that offers custom made golf holidays was also popular. The company's website allows customers to pick their perfect round in the UK and can be reached by going to www.mygolftrip.co.uk

 

Alex Thew explained, "Say you wanted to play a links course on the coast of Ireland on a specific day, we could do that for you.

 

"At the moment we just offer the UK and Northern Ireland, but we are looking to expand when the time is right," added Mr Thew

 

As I was leaving the exhibition, I was approached by a women who said she worked for 'Eye Candy Caddies' who offer a caddie service with a slight twist.

 

Managing Director Rebecca Keen said, "We provide attractive young female and male caddies who can bring a bit of glamour to the golf course and can be booked for events such as stag or hen do's."

 

Users can visit the website at www.eyecandycaddies.com and can scroll through pictures of male and female caddies before choosing who they want to carry their bag.

 

Those interested in golf could easily spend all day at the event, which runs from the 9th-11th and with tickets still available I would highly recommend a visit.

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