Read the book Crossing the Chasm, it will give you good insight into product life cycles and consumer behavior. It costs golf companies a certain amount for R&D and molds after that it's material costs. Each manufacturer has a good idea of how many clubs or sets they need to sell at full price to break even, after that it's profits and then inventory management.
On the consumer side there are plenty of early adopters who have no issue paying full price for the latest and greatest.
I'm with you, McCord, Meh!
I'm in for the use during tournaments.
In my Surveying class, when I was in college, one of the things we did was try to determine our paces needed to go 50 feet. My pace averaged about 2.8 feet, so you can get close to the actual yardage, but as IACAS noted the laser is much more accurate and therefore hopefully would speed up play.
I played a round over the weekend at Monarch Beach Golf Links and tried to record it. Although I specifically selected Monarch Beach from the drop down menu, when the round was over I was presented with an unfinished round of 74 strokes on the first hole of nearby El Niguel Country Club. Hmm.
Well I was able to make today's round at Westchester work.
Similar stuff to the previous week's round.
Made 17 nGirs but it's a very easy course .
Took four strokes to get down from just off the green on two holes .
Game Golf counted shots from the rough and 15 yards off the green as putts if I use my putter.
I usually didn't tag tap ins until after I hit them. Maybe that's why Game Golf counted them all as 3-15 foot putts. I've been using the putting tag as a ball marker because it doesn't fit into my putter. Not the best system .
Consequently it thinks I need to work on my putting.
It's saying my GG handicap is 5.9 even though my two rounds' differentials were both double digits.