No, just their approach in general. In my case, I would buy the lower range I mentioned since I would miss the extra 2 grand I would spend. My wife would make sure of it.
So what's your value price? $100, $80, $60? If so, why would you pay anything over $5 for a lump of metal on end of a stick? How are you justifying that?
I haven't sold anything on eBay for a while so I don't know about any fee hikes, but I do know that making money for selling extra equipment is better than having extra equipment collecting dust in my basement.
My opinion: In this case, Phil could actually have replayed the shot under stroke and distance, ensuring that the second time he didn't hit the ball as hard, thus escaping with just a one stroke penalty. Since he incurred 2 strokes for playing a stroke at a ball in motion, he was actually being punished more harshly, thus DQ is unwarranted. It's something of a judgement call, but the rule does not require DQ.
Just because it was intentional, that doesn't automatically make it a serious breach, in my opinion. If that was the case, the rule would be more definite on it. It allows the committee some leeway for using their judgement. Armchair umpires can make all the noise they want, no matter what their past experiences are, but it's still up to the committee.
First of all, who ever told you they feel (utterly subjective) and PLAY THE BEST???? If so, why isnn't every pro whose livelihood depends on performance playing them? Please, be serious. To your second point, we all understand their marketing strategy, and who they're aiming it at. But once again, the question was "Are they worth the money ($400 per club)?" And once again, no they are not.