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  1. The above link is a bit misleading, Rounds are up comparatively speaking to the previous years(s) so that could very well mean (& likely does) the same golfers are playing another round or two per month, that would account for the percentage points. The other element is the weather, this year in northern New england we had very little to no snow, unseasonable warm spring temps. This year I played golf in January Feb, March and April, the previous year my home course didn't open till the first week in May in 2015. I am willing to believe conditions were much better from Maine, NH, VT& upstate NY- as well as all the way down the mid-atlantic states. For sale and sold are too vastly different things Companies such as Adidas and Nike are looking at 10-15 year window (sales, market share and profitability projections) in the future, adidas especially when they decided to put the largest market share Taylormade up for sale. Reasons are simple projections of sales and market growth for the next 10-15 years looks bleak, Older golfers will literally be dropping out for health, death and cost reasons- many sub 50 year olds are only now starting to see their retirement funds return to what they were 10 year earlier. Yet on the entry side, kids participation levels are at an all time low and a noticeable drop in 20 somethings playing. If that isn't enough your average golfers age in the past 10 years has risen 5 years. Oh sure some have said well what about the first tee program etc......its had a minimal effect, it got young children sometimes pushed into it by their parents, but interest was short lived by many. TM has reduced inventory and product counts in preparation of the sale, running leaner, cleaner and more profitable with a 24% increase, largely due to the M-line of metal woods and irons. Nike conversely was/is down double digits (YE 5/31), Last year 2014 and 2015 was almost as worse- their product was selling and worse they were operating a manner of swapping product out or very aggressive buy downs.
  2. 2-3% market share in 17 years is not being successful & considered a failure in any industry, with that marketshare and paying athletes such as theirs is well not very smart. If they truly wanted a club business in hindsite money better spent would have made a move fo Callaway when they almost a penny stock or bought Titliest for 1.2b
  3. I'm a big ice hockey fan, I live in the northeast, I love watching hockey even if its not my team playing. I have no desire to skate or to own skates. This was Tigers contribution to golf, people watch it, but have no interest in playing it. If your are reading this you are indeed the exception, but the reality is the growth of golf is in front of a TV set on sunday afternoon. The number of golfers when Tiger started wining (1999-2000) krept up a small amount, but has been slowly but surely sliding downward. I'm not insinuating its Tigers fault but those arm chair quarter backs that think he grew the game are mistaken, he grew NBC, CBS and the PGA. The numbers don't lie Nike getting out of the golf business with only a 2-3% market share over 17 years is another perfect example.
  4. I don't think anyone with golf intelligence can say they made "bad" equipement, but I don't think they made anything compelling either. They marketed the crap out of ...well mediocrity and "me too" designs. Many people state their R and D. hiring designers that didn't bring anything to market. I never realised anything they brought to the market, that was unique or pushing the envelope of design and function. Their covert driver is a good example, this was supposed to be a revelation, it died on the vine at retail, same with the 2.0, color scheme was awful black and green and the absolute dreadful blue and yellow, even the sound was bad. These were very poor amatuer decisions for Nike. Thier sasquatch was joke and harmful to the ears. They spent way to much money on athletes, 3rd party testing of the their product was just "ok" or comparable. Nikes best products was the CPR, slingshot and pro-combos, but this was in the mid 90s. The original blue/grey drivers people tried to give it ago, many were returned for poor performance, weak shafts and cracked faces- that was big turning point in the consumer. We threw hundreds ( yes hundreds) away in the dumpster. and Nike would ship us new ones no charge. In a nut shell, they spend gobs of money for players, marketing, advertising over a 20 year span for what amounts to a 2-3% market share...I could have done that
  5. Sponsorship is viewed two ways, 1 the influence of product sales. clothing yes, clubs, balls NO. The second is brand associations and views. No doubt the number of branded swoosh views on national TV was huge. When Rory was with Oakley this was a huge win for Oakley. The $$$ paid vs the number of Oakley images to an audience they had never reached both for apparel and Eyewear on prime time TV. By Oakley estimate the amount of Brand and logo views, Web hits, sales would have equated to $50 million in advertising needed to be purchased. Rory was being paid in the range of 3-4 mill for apparel per year. The amount of nike advertising needed to be purchased for the same number of brand images gained would have been close considering Woods and a stable of other golf athletes. To those that think Nike sold a lot of hard goods, balls, bags and clubs are seriously mistaken and it's the reason why they dropped out. RECENT SALES NUMBERS indicate YTD 706 million, estimates are 80% of that is soft goods (apparel & footwear). These are world wide numbers for Nike golf. Which is a subsidiary brand of Nike. Looking ahead th e trend of Nike golf was trending downward for markets hare in all category, even their apparel was taking a hit by underarmour.
  6. Your notion of "greatly exaggeration"is false, golf has been flat on growth since 2000 and is now experiencing a steep decline in participation. Ages 10-21 playing 3 times a year has not been this low since the 60s. why do you think Titleist was sold, Taylormade is for sale, rumours of cobra for sale and now Nike is just shutting their doors? Tiger got people to watch golfs,not play golf.
  7. I put just phil. Nothing for nothing but tiger has not played well in the RC as of late 0-3-1 his last time. Even his victories seem pretty lack luster, more of a case could be made he didn't lose the match than to say he beat someone. Also in recent RCs it seems they have to appease him, with who hes going to play with. He certainly is a shell of himself lately, his play has deminshed, his putting is OK and he can't to put a string of great rounds together. It makes the choice easy. Ryder cups should be this countrys best (present) players. Tiger is not one of them and I would also throw Keagan Bradley and a couple of others into that group of the same
  8. Tiger looked mediocre and at times amatuerish in the few tourneys he played, he missed cuts etc Tiger did not qualify to play in his own charity TPC Boston Tourney Tiger commits to play in the frys tourney in OCT Tiger has a second back surgery in California Regarding the last item, I hate to say this but there is much more to this story than what is being reported. Bank on it.
  9. Front 34, back 38....didn't putt well on the back
  10. so doing a comparison of the loft of your SLDR and 3-wood is meaningless. ?????
  11. I have been playing with the M1 for over a week now, I really like the feel and the sound. Is it going further? (102 averge swing speed, 9.5 set to loft at 11deg, stiff Kurokage TINI )if i flush it, it appears to be about 5+ yards more than my R15. not all the time, but a couple of times per round Im alittle further down the fairway. I like it and there are a couple of no upcharge premium shafts options. I think taylormade really has something here.
  12. damage driver or clubs? no. effect the ball flight, spin and compresion and feel of the ball....yes indeed. An extra club sometimes two is enough to keep things interesting. the pure beauty of playing when its cold out......no crowds
  13. SLDR debacle? The aero burner doesn't look like the jets speed at all.The head is completely different Jetspeed and burner both had a longer shaft. that graph is a bit misleading. First its 2014- all of 2014 sales or the sales cycle, global or US?/ Keep in mind callaway a few short years ago was selling +/- 1.6 billion, all companies, all products. Since then they have lost over 50% of those sales. They are sub 1 billion ( 800M+) Today Callaway sells mostly its own product and it can be found just about anywhere, with much of it off price. There was a general flushing of all diablo and razor product. They are not alone, but the point is there operational costs are way up....I would be curious to see what their profit margin looks like.
  14. Thanks giving weekend my club closes....
  15. The lofts on the SLDR (s) are not miss leading at all. What is missing is that driver engages very little spin on the ball, pro, amateur or weekend player, Low spin, means low lift...it also means loft can be increased. Every manufacture subscribes to the physics of low spin, high loft = greatest distance. Many pros and amatuers using that family of drivers (sldr) went up in loft from a previous model- gained distance & this was no coincidence. Assuming the original poster was fitted for a driver, it likely means he is a little steep (-2-3 degree) it can also mean a relatively slower club head speed- or both. regarding that specific family of drivers SLDR and SLDRS, the most common loft sold was 10 degrees, the second most common loft was 12 degrees. the SLDRs also came in a 14 and 16 degree model. Loft is everything for many of us. On average many golfers share a couple of problems with their present equipment, Too low of loft, to heavy or too stiff of driver. ask Jason day who hits his 10 deg driver 125 feet high, as well as his 7 iron, pitching wedge and his fairway- they all go the same height. Just further away from the point of ball strike. Think about how high that is the next time you are on the tee and the fairway is lined with 60 foot pine trees or the like.