Originally Posted by WUTiger
I hope I didn't contribute to this by getting my Callaway X20 Tours reshafted instead of buying new irons.
As suggested, the arms race between Callaway and TaylorMade could hurt the standing of both with retailers. TM, with perpetual wave of new products, had winter double whammy of supply chain problems and merchandise glut. Here's a May article on the golf slump:
Adidas and its TaylorMade division had a variety of spring problems:http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303417104579544981225919024
Talked to a Callaway official a few weeks ago, and he say his company was moving to stretch the product cycle.
As someone observing from the sidelines, it's interesting how things have shaken out the last two years:
Dick's bought Galaxy in 2007, but kept GG as a separate operation. Idea: Operate two sources of golf equipment out of the same supply chain. The Dick's golf sections I saw in different states never matched up to the GG operations. (I purposely went to Dick's and GG's when I traveled).
Dick's golf sections sometimes had ardent and well-meaning golfers as player's reps, but not very well trained: I usually knew more about the new gear than they did. Other times Dick's had a guy on loan from the baseball/softball section working the floor. The most memorable in-store PGA pro was a little overbearing, with a "shut up and buy SGI" attitude.
Dick's seemed to have more in-stock variety in drivers and FWs than in irons - most of the on-shelf irons seemed to be SGIs and legacy models. (Legacy = reissued prior models w/ often Uniflex shafts, such as Callaway XHot.N14 and TM Burner 2.0).
Galaxy had wider selection of clubs, and more knowledgeable personnel.
New ripple: Sports Authority
- local store for years had 40' x 40' node with golf clubs - mostly SGI and boxed sets, majority of bags stacked 16 feet high in wall racks, and an 8 x 12 hitting bay (no electronics). Now, the store moved, and the new site has a golf section with more floor space than your average Dick's golf area. No hitting bay yet, but selection now equals what you would find at Dick's.
Have any of you seen Sports Authority
expansion in your area?Back to the in-store pros.
As a former caddie, it bums me out to hear all those guys and gals are out of work.