Jump to content

Recommended Posts

Since the major manufacturers all introduce their "latest and greatest" stuff in the Spring for early sales, I would guess that with the current situation that sales are not going all that well and inventory levels are high. So I would guess that there will be a lot of gear needed to move later this year in order to make room for the 2021 stuff already in the planning or production stage. My feeling is that the manufacturers will either need to delay the introduction of next year's stuff or drastically move this year's stuff at greatly reduced prices. I agree - not the most pressing issue for us in these times, but if you're looking to buy some new gear this year, there might be some fantastic bargains in your future. 

Link to post
Share on other sites

That's an interesting subject, that would apply to alot of seasonal items such as clothes and so forth. With there being no restrictions on cargo coming in you would think not. But with a lot of retailers being closed they are losing loads of money they will have to make up somehow. We could very well see some really good deals on clubs this Summer. Or we could have a Black Friday like never before in November. 

Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

  • Moderator
1 hour ago, DrvFrShow said:

They won't delay the introduction of next years stuff. 

What makes you say that? Chances are they’re sitting on a stockpile of equipment they already produced that needs to sell. Rushing out production of next year’s stuff without meeting the sales quotas for this year isn’t in their best interests.

I’m not even sure how many manufacturers are even in operation in R&D at this time to create next year’s lineup.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

  • iacas changed the title to Club Bargains Ahead?

I doubt there will be that many deals.  Golf Galaxy's here in Michigan are still selling three year old drivers for $450-$500 depending on the brand/model.  I guess if this lasts well into the summer, maybe we'll see some deals. 

Link to post
Share on other sites

I figure you will get better deals from shops that might go bankrupt if the virus forces a long enough quarantine.  Any business that survives the quarantine will see business pick up and won't be tempted to clear stock unless new stock comes in.  That also looks to be delayed with companies shuttering for a while and potential travel restrictions.

Link to post
Share on other sites

12 hours ago, Archie Bunker said:

Since the major manufacturers all introduce their "latest and greatest" stuff in the Spring for early sales, I would guess that with the current situation that sales are not going all that well and inventory levels are high. So I would guess that there will be a lot of gear needed to move later this year in order to make room for the 2021 stuff already in the planning or production stage. My feeling is that the manufacturers will either need to delay the introduction of next year's stuff or drastically move this year's stuff at greatly reduced prices. I agree - not the most pressing issue for us in these times, but if you're looking to buy some new gear this year, there might be some fantastic bargains in your future. 

this was my first thought when courses started shutting down, but oddly I briefly saw what seemed like the opposite lol.  it would be hard to justify raising the price if the whole covid thing settled down after lowering them, so i figure stores will just keep them the same

Link to post
Share on other sites

All the major equipment suppliers (Titleist, PING, Callaway, etc) set their own prices so shops must price equipment according to the manufacturer guidelines. If they sell equipment below suggested retail they could lose the account. So you won't see shops selling stuff too cheap. 

That being said I wonder how this shutdown has affected R&D divisions at the major manufacturers. Could we see a delay in the next generation equipment if this situation continues into the summer?

  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

43 minutes ago, NM Golf said:

All the major equipment suppliers (Titleist, PING, Callaway, etc) set their own prices so shops must price equipment according to the manufacturer guidelines. If they sell equipment below suggested retail they could lose the account. So you won't see shops selling stuff too cheap. 

That being said I wonder how this shutdown has affected R&D divisions at the major manufacturers. Could we see a delay in the next generation equipment if this situation continues into the summer?

This is what I thought of. Do we see the big names just skip a whole year of release because their R&D teams weren't as productive this year? If we don't I would think that the original premise stands, and that the manufacturers would want to move their new stuff next winter/spring so they would want the big boxes to have room for the new equipment. This may mean seeing the 500 dollar standard drop into the 400-450 mark for a couple of seasons. It would obviously be a hit, but I think it is at least 50/50 probability to see this if they plan on releasing new stuff in early 2021.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

18 hours ago, snapfade said:

 Or we could have a Black Friday like never before in November. 

I think you will see a Black Friday weekend right after the restrictions are lifted.

Link to post
Share on other sites

2 hours ago, Papa Steve 55 said:

I think you will see a Black Friday weekend right after the restrictions are lifted.

Rock Bottom Golf seems to be having one right now. 

Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

25 minutes ago, snapfade said:

Rock Bottom Golf seems to be having one right now. 

I was thinking more along the lines of people out shopping vs slashed prices. I think retailers will try and minimize mark downs, thinking the pent up demand will be enough to drive sales vs prices. 

Link to post
Share on other sites

4 minutes ago, Papa Steve 55 said:

I was thinking more along the lines of people out shopping vs slashed prices. I think retailers will try and minimize mark downs, thinking the pent up demand will be enough to drive sales vs prices. 

Probably a little bit of both. Im sure retail strategists are working their tails off in many stores that are closed for now. Either people are going to be so eager to shop at their favorite stores and won't care about a sale, or people might have realized they don't really need to since they've gone without it for a good while. It's a weird time. Who knows what or if anything will change after it's over.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

  • Moderator
10 hours ago, NM Golf said:

That being said I wonder how this shutdown has affected R&D divisions at the major manufacturers. Could we see a delay in the next generation equipment if this situation continues into the summer?

This is what I’m wondering, too. I’m sure they can do some design stuff remotely, but at some point they need to produce prototypes and test them. If those facilities are closed, that will delay development.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

12 hours ago, NM Golf said:

All the major equipment suppliers (Titleist, PING, Callaway, etc) set their own prices so shops must price equipment according to the manufacturer guidelines. If they sell equipment below suggested retail they could lose the account. So you won't see shops selling stuff too cheap. 

 

This used to be called "fair trade pricing" which is simply price fixing. It used to be illegal in most states, but I don't know if it still is. I used to sell audio equipment years ago in a state that had "fair trade" laws. Certain brands could not be discounted or the manufacturer would cut you off. We got around this by offering great trade-in values on just about anything you would bring in. A disguised "discount". Some golf manufacturers (Ping and Titleist for example) seem to be very protective of their list prices. If price fixing is now "legal", you might be getting some great trade-in values for your clubs against these brands. 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Equipment?  Not that interested although it's always possible I'll pick up a bargain club in the fall. I'm more interested to see if some of the clubs around here need members bad enough to cut a few deals.  Of course, it's also possible that a few don't make.  Could make joining a club more difficult.

Link to post
Share on other sites

As long as Golfwrx exists there will never be a recession in buying top end equipment over and over again...

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.



  • Want to join this community?

    We'd love to have you!

    Sign Up
  • Support TST Affiliates

    TourStriker PlaneMate
    Golfer's Journal
    Whoop
    SuperSpeed
    FlightScope Mevo
    Use the code "iacas" for 10% off Mevo and the code "iacasjun21" for 10% off SuperSpeed.
  • Posts

    • Shot 85 from the tips at Quail Brook for an 11.1 differential. Hit 9 GIR. I’m starting to drive the ball better and it’s exposing weaknesses in other areas of my game.
    • Played Quail Brook today, birdied 16 in dramatic fashion. New one for the away composite.
    • I will be brief, since others have weighed in and I echo the vast majority of what they've said (plus I love bullet points).  Naga-Waukee War Memorial - 6 A fun course, architecturally interesting Several nice views Walkable Passes the "I'd play here often" test Club at Lac La Belle - 6.5 Great Parkland golf.  I think the score suffered a little because all the other courses were so unique, but if this place were near my house it'd be one of the better courses available to play publicly. Walkable Firm, well-maintained greens with interesting contours Good combination of tough holes and less-challenging ones Not many real recovery options on a bad shot - most often, you're punching out from trees or laying up from a fairway bunker Passes the "I'd play here often" test  Favorite hole: #16 Lawsonia Links - 8 Unique and visually interesting Walkable Well-maintained greens with interesting contours, with play varying based on hole location (2) Par-3's were too long for me to really enjoy playing them Too many blind tee shots Some of the most fun approach shots I've had to play Passes the "I'd drive a couple hours to play here" test Favorite hole: #7 Mammoth Dunes - 8 Visually stunning Walkable Huge greens and fairways Turns out, I really enjoy "resort golf".  Separation value (which @iacas) referred to above is different for a 14-hcp...I liked that a wider range of shots were rewarded, but you still have to hit the ball solidly. Passes the "I'd drive a long way to stay/play here again" test Sand Valley - 8.5 Visually stunning Walkable Huge greens and fairways This is an aspirational course for me - breaking 90 the second day, even from an easier set of tees, felt like a real accomplishment...something I had to work damn hard for.  This is the kind of course I want to be good enough to play well.  At the end of the day, that's what ticked it 0.5 above Mammoth Dunes. Passes the "I'd drive a long way to stay/play here again" test
    • Our school district announced that they are going back to masks. It will be required for anyone under the age of 11, and then strongly recommended for anyone not vaccinated and recommended for anyone vaccinated. My wife (vaccinated) will likely wear one. My son will have to wear one. Honestly, I’m a little relieved. I think it’s the right choice, given the circumstances. There are probably better ways to do it, but they would involve mandating the vaccine for students and staff. I’m betting that’s coming before the start of 2022, but this is good enough in the interim. 
    • Working with my instructor on some simple grip and setup issues. I actually shortened my driver shaft and regripped with the same grip(gotta love pure grips) after testing some things out. I then added a bit of throw in the DS as mentioned in the last post to get some nice high ball flights with lots of carry and no more bottom half strikes. I am really liking the extension post impact, might need to work on the upper center getting a bit more forward but good progress for now. I don't need as much of a Bubba move as @saevel25 pointed out that I had at SV to counter an over rotating clubface. This will be counted as my yearly swing thread post with video. 😉  
  • Today's Birthdays

    1. CrappyGolfer
      CrappyGolfer
      (68 years old)
    2. Jacob Vance
      Jacob Vance
      (25 years old)
    3. jax731
      jax731
      (54 years old)

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Welcome to TST! Signing up is free, and you'll see fewer ads and can talk with fellow golf enthusiasts! By using TST, you agree to our Terms of Use, our Privacy Policy, and our Guidelines.

The popup will be closed in 10 seconds...