Golf was unable to achieve mass popularity until the introduction of the modern golf ball, meaning errant whackers were no longer forced to stock bags with hard-boiled eggs and jumbo pearls. Bask in contemporary athletic breakthroughs with today's Groupon: for $5, you get one three-day ticket to the Reading Golf Show and the Pennsylvania Sports & Fitness Expo (up to a $10 value). Both events take place Friday, February 18 to Sunday, February 20 in the Greater Reading Expo Center. Admission is free for children 12 and under.
The first annual Reading Golf Show will provide Pennsylvania-area sphere-shankers access to popular new products, expert instruction, and a plethora of activities and contests. Representatives from local courses will educate attendees about course particulars and strategies to avoid ball-obstructing alligators and windmills, while destination booths will help them plan their next golf trip. The hot product section showcases new and used equipment, apparel, and training aids, many scouted from the official PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. Local pros will be on hand to offer free advice and clinics on the indoor practice greens and driving range, which also accommodate putting, chipping, long-drive, and polite-applause contests.
Running concurrently, the Pennsylvania Sports & Fitness Expo offers an educational experience for general fitness enthusiasts with vendors, demonstrations, and seminars for sports ranging from aikido to lacrosse. Clinics in baseball and cheerleading show the proper techniques needed to hit home runs over human pyramids, while attendees of all ages can test their exercising aptitude in the Ultimate Fitness Challenge.