You're right about them always being in the "exclusions list."
**Steps up onto soap box**
Titleist does have to give away A LOT of free balls to all of the professionals that use them, and someone has pay for that. The thing is, like pro sports tix for example, they can only charge that much b/c people are willing to pay it. It's beyond me why people are willing to pay hundreds of dollars for a ticket to see a football, baseball, etc. game knowing that a large chunk of that cash is going to pay the players, owners etc. millions of dollars that most of them will likely squander. On top of that, you pay $20+ for parking, $7+ for a beer, $4+ for a hot dog, etc. and then wait an hour to get out of the parking lot when the games over. I'd rather get a case of beer for $20, sit on my comfy couch (15 feet from the restroom) and watch the game on my big screen.....that being said, I am a capitalist and I'm not mad at "them" for charging that much if people are willing to pay it. What was my point again.....oh yeah.....Titleist is doing the same thing.
**Starts to get down off the box, but changes his mind**
I do not purchase Titleist balls unless I have something to discount the price (i.e. gift card), and I don't go to pro sports events unless I'm attending for free. Even then I sometimes pass. I often say to people that golf is the only pro sport (I think) that even comes close to being fair (financially). The players get paid each week in direct proportion to how well they perform; unlike other sports with guarantees that ensure players receive their five/six figure per game check whether they play or not, or whether they add value to the team or not. I realize golfers can also make obsene amounts, but at least have to go out and earn their check each week.
Thank you for your time.
**Steps down off of soap box**
Another smart golfer that "gets it"