disagree the pricing opinions on this thread. i was looking at authentic bridgestone tourstage drivers and they were retailing at over 600 dollars! some companies are $900 or over $1000! and this has nothing to do with importing the club so i dont wanna hear that excuse...better quality.. their products are better made from what ive been told.
EX. Mizuno irons are considered the best on the market...amazingly on the japanese market they ARENT considered the best...their in 5th or something with bridgestone right behind. most of the reasons they make better quality clubs is the process the clubs go through in order to make them perform on optimum levels.
unfortunately japan is technically jipping the US in terms of quality...were paying an amount (a very cheap amount) and they are giving us what we paid for. look at how we price a brand new club. $300 dollars shaft and all...but that same shaft in the club brand new from the company (like aldila, fuji, tour ad) costs 300 dollars ALONE! meaning...the shafts that are put in "stock" are made cheaper...weaker...eventually being just plain useless.
how backwards is this? i was in the market a while back for a Taylormade r9 Superdeep. unfortunately i couldnt find it anywhere in my area and eBay was the only place...people selling the clubs used were for 400-500 dollars...the worst part...people selling the club alone, just the clubhead, were selling them for 250-400 dollars! why! thats rediculous
most of this is because of the limits of the USGA.....cant make clubs quality because it makes distances unreal LONGGG...so you have to find other ways to find distance...unfortunately those methods are considered "cheap"
hopefully my favorite fairway wood company tour edge will keep it up....they create the distance that the USGA is actually trying to hold back...whats gonna happen when they have to make another Regulation change? were gonna be swinging clubs golfers were swinging in the 50s and 60s...going backwards...but why?
dont get it..