Callaway, Titleist, Ping: stop the bragging -- your fancy new clubs do nothing for golfers
A New York Times story confirms what most of us already know – despite all the new high-tech golf equipment, most of us still stink at the game.
The National Golf Foundation reports that Americans spent $4.7 billion in 2002 on new golf equipment, but the average score for the average golfer still stands at around 100, as it has for decades.
The more serious recreational golfers who turn their scores into the USGA have handicaps that have dropped just 0.5 strokes since 2000.
So all the big-head drivers, space-age materials and all those press releases from companies crowing about their latest innovations that will add mega-yards and incredible accuracy are just bogus. You could go out and shoot just as well with those old persimmon drivers in the back of your garage you haven’t used for years.
What a rip-off.
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And the improvements in women's clubs, well, there's just no comparison between what used to be available to what's available now.
That's not to say you're wrong about "most of us still stink at the game." That much I'll concede. But now even when we stink, we can still post rounds of 100 or better, whereas ten years ago, we'd probably just slink off the course in shame. Maybe that explains your statistic of average rounds still floating around 100. Because in the persimmon days, posting your actual score would be too embarrassing.
Spot on correct BUT...for the wrong reason.
The OEM club companies are only concerned with profits not equipment that will help the golfer improve their game.
Case in point, the average length of driver on the PGA tour is 44.5 in which is 1/2 in shorter than those golfers that shoot 100 day in and day out.
Tiger Woods has a 130 mph swing with a 43.5 in driver, Sooooo what makes YOU think you can hit that longer club?
You can't but in their frenzy for "My Club is longer than Yours" marketing they forget about the REAL person using the club.
my tee shots.
Of course if you can't hit them straight maybe you would be better
off investing in lessons.
The average player, let's call him "Johnny Spank", coughs up his $500 for a driver he has no clue how to use. (His perception is the retailer has just made a ton of money.) After a few rounds and some trips to the driving range, he appears back at the retail store he bought the club from. His poor golf swing has resulted in a couple of dents on the top of the clubhead.
The idiot retailer or golf pro sends the club back to the manufacturer, supposedly for review as a "warranty" issue. The manufacturer replaces the club free of charge.
My questions are...
If the manufacturer can afford to do this, what does the golf club really cost them to produce?
Why has "warranty" become nothing more than a 2-for-one sale?
This past weekend I purchased a whole new set of name-brand irons, woods and wedges. Do I expect my handicap to instantly drop to 6.7? No, in fact it may rise as I get used to the clubs.
I see that knucklehead Baldwin still has his head buried in the sand on this issue (but appears to be poking at least one eye out of the bunker, http://www.travelgolf.com/blogs/chris.baldwin/2005/05/20/no_lesson_yet_sure_but). I always enjoy beating status-obsessed doofi who have a $2500 bag of sticks, and pump ProV1s into the woods by the gross.
I am not a pro, or gain any compensation by having others take lessons. Just a true believer in having a qualified individual see just what the heck happens to my backswing when it leaves my field of vision.
I am going to assume that it is because you recognize TaylorMade bringing the metalwood to market in 1979 has made a huge difference...
To balance the argument a bit, new gear does make it easier to get the ball going. It also makes it easier to get it going into trouble. I used a 400cc driver that looked like a sledge hammer for a while, but could never really get any of the "benifits" from it. Since I use small-headed blades anyway, I decided to go retro and pick up an older TM driver (360cc). This I actually enjoy hitting.
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