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Comment from: Brandon Tucker [Member] Email
I've said it many times and I'll say it again, a golfer can win in consumerism by buying used clubs. These clubs are made to appear "obsolete" but really a driver three years old is just about as good as the new ones and you can find one for 50 bucks if not free from your buddy. I've also had the same irons for 9 years and they work just fine, my putter for seven years and its dinged up and I had to replace the shaft once after an "incident" but I can still drain a few here and there. You're right about the amateurs driving the market. But just like losing weight or quitting smoking, its easier to simply buy a new club than really work out a swing kink, so as long as our mentality is in search of the easy fix I don't see consumerism in golf going away any time soon.
2006-09-04 @ 15:37
Comment from: CB Maxwell [Visitor]
Raise up a beer to Mark...and "here, here!"
I work in the industry and he is absolutely correct. There are some serious rocks under the water in the industry and no one is talking about it...and equipment is part of the story...the cost for new players to become equipped and learn the game has become prohibitive...Most would agree with Jack Nicklaus that to "learn" the game and become reasonably proficient takes five years...and alot of play and practice...do the math at todays prices, if the courses get their full fees. Secondly, I agree with the commenter that the consumers are passing on "brand" new in April on release of new product...they know that they can buy at a discount in the fall...or Ebay sooner than that. And the truth is...that yes, there are some really amazing tech improvements to be found out there like the Balance-Certified counterweight and some of the new science in putters...but real tests have shown that this years model of drivers in some cases is not as "hot" as previous editions from the same manufacturers because more scrutiny is being placed on COR. The truth is the game is NOT growing...and when the boomers pass...there is little evidence that the generation behinds us will pick up the slack...there ain't enough of them for one, and secondly...they don't have the patience for the game, it doesn't fit their "go fast" lifestyle. The result I predict will be a serious constriction in the game both in companies serving it, and more courses becoming houses. Sad, but that is what the numbers tell me. When I get to Heaven, I will give Ely a piece of my mind...he started this trend.
2006-09-15 @ 20:32

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