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  1. Few companies look ahead more than a year, and many divisions and employees are concerned with only the current quarter and what can be done to make, or massage, those numbers. I don't think rounds going up is going to affect Nike's decision. Golf is a small part of what they do and closing the business has minimal impact. If Taylormade can't be sold soon, Adidas might not sell if there are improvements in the golf industry. TM has bigger market share and if they do the smart thing and cut back on their product lines and keep a size-able share, they can rebound. Nike's decision is probably a smart one, business wise, although I hate seeing people lose their jobs when they were making money, just not enough money., Even at my country club, with it's OOC membership, a lot of people are not putting new equipment in their bags year after year. There are a few who always buy the latest and greatest, but most don't. With too many equipment companies it depressed the industry. There simply are not enough golfers to have so many companies with large product lines or mass produced clubs. Replacing clubs is a long cycle, even for the latest and greatest drivers. I don't think the equipment makers would be considered in a slump if there were fewer. PXG actually has the right idea in this market. Make a huge mark-up on the small segment that will pay those prices. You can't start a large equipment company right now, there are too many players. It's like getting into the PC business. FWIW, my current irons are keepers and will remain for 10+ years at least. Hopefully until I cannot hit them anymore., I am replacing the shafts, but would rather do that than get new models. To me, irons are irons. If they go far enough and have the right ball flight, I don't need to upgrade every 2-5 years. Woods are a little different. I've gotten new ones at different technology changes, when there is something that proves to be a benefit. The last upgrade was a Titleist 913 to get the fitting system with those clubs. Hope to have them for years. I'm probably not the ideal customer for a club maker.
  2. I kid you not. I caddied for someone who did that so he didn't have to hear the people he was playing with. They were obnoxious.
  3. I'm not a teaching pro either but I've heard too many people over the years say "what he told me doesn't work" and go back to their old ways. A good teacher will find what is best for you. But the student has to be willing to execute the change even if it's not comfortable in the short term.
  4. Any time I think to myself "I haven't lost a ball in a while" .... So I cut myself off from thinking it.
  5. There is a course by where I live that has a nine hole short course, as well as a pitch and putt somewhere near that. They are from years and years ago, I don't know of anywhere I've had exposure to that has built one in 30 years. Great places to grow the game, but probably an expensive upfront cost and the closer to an urban area, the land cost is prohibitive. Here in Western PA where land is cheap, it would be nice to see a couple of more of these. More fun that taking someone out on a course where they might be overwhelmed, especially at a young age.
  6. Oh no, that's right! Sad that Duel in the Sun happened there. He does rebrand everything in his image.
  7. Is anything he owns highly ranked? I'm sure they are beautiful courses, but you need more than superficial beauty. Aside from Doral, does he have any great layouts? Anything that cracks top 100?
  8. Thanks. I get the feeling that a lot of what he promotes under his brand is like that, although like anything it's all in the eyes of the buyer if they are satisfied. To me, he is very showy with his money. That actually turns me off of his products and properties. I'm not wealthy, but I grew up caddying at a country club. It was old money, and they didn't show their money in a flashy way. You wouldn't know who was a multi-millionaire and who had a good paying job and was able to fit the place in their budget but it might be a bit of a stretch. Very nice group of people overall.
  9. I might not seek them out, but I wouldn't blacklist them either. I do not agree with many of his political views and find him completely obnoxious on some topics, however he is an extreme example of someone at, or near the top, of an organization who is rather horrible yet the majority of people who work there are perfectly nice people who shouldn't have his views taken out on them either.
  10. I like risk/reward holes such as the shorter par 5 (over water of course!) or drive-able par 4. However the dogleg par 5 works for me the best in the poll. Something about cutting off a dogleg to risk putting yourself in a good position works for me.
  11. I had Nike woods years ago that I like quite a lot. The driver was the first 460cc driver I ever had. IIRC they had some really good people working on their equipment. Shame that they are getting out.
  12. Golf was profitable for them, but it was their least revenue producing division and I think with Tiger out and the potential that you know have several top players instead of one dominating (and Nike only having one of them) coupled with what a lot of people think is a decline for the game, they got out. I personally don't think that golf is in decline, but I think there was a boom and now we are coming down from that. I don't think it's more of a challenge to get younger people into the game now compared to going out with hard to hit persimmons and irons years ago and golf being seen as a stodgy thing. It might not be the coolest thing around, but it's not the plaid pants that your granddad wears kind of vibe anymore. One problem is that so many of the newer courses in the past 20 years are just not accessible for beginners. At least from what small perspective I have. Overdone, too long and too costly. As an aside on Nike's take, recently my daughters and I have been playing Disney Infinity (video game), They love it and a lot of people do as well. It's the number one game of it's type. Disney discontinued it and got out of the video game business. Why? It was making money, but not considered to make "enough" money. That's how big companies work and I suspect that post-Tiger Nike looked at the next few years and made a decision to focus elsewhere.
  13. For a question like that, first of all I would say that depending on how much money you have to budget for golf if you can afford the club(s) you like best and it's within your budget then go for it. I generally have to buy my irons and wedges new and I put trust in certain brands even though they are more expensive. I agree with @saevel25 that it's not entirely logical. I could get knock-offs made in probably the same factory and they would play just the same, but I do have a certain brand loyalty and I trust those clubs to not break on me. If they do, then I have a company that will be able to replace it. That being said, I am happy to buy my woods off ebay and save a lot. I don't think year to year that much changes so I like to have about 5 years between upgrading drivers and fairway metals. Personally for 30 years I've had 5 sets of irons and my current set will be with me for at least 10. My last putter was an ebay purchase and I would put it against anything else out there. It's a 1967 Nicklaus putter and it just fit me. So if I find something cheaper I'm happy to play it. I played that for 8 years!
  14. I would say that I agree, unless there are other openings. I've been the single teaming up in these situations and I wouldn't mind at a place like that since I might feel like I am intruding.
  15. Probably the same kind of people who think they are entitled to something on the course because their handicap is lower, or some other silly garbage. I never thought that, even at my club (i'm starting to sound like a broken record, but they are very arrogant and silly) where a lot of members act like that, I never thought I "owned" the time. Some people put TBD to prevent others from using the time, but I rarely ever do.
  16. I personally don't believe that music listening should be in the rules because there are a number of things you could bring onto the course to calm you, or help you with rhythm depending on how you are wired. Music does not do it for me, although I like to listen to it. My club doesn't enforce the rule as many people listen to music, although the course is also non-rule compliant with hazards and drops anyway. Someone I played with told me that someone had a hole in one and there was some type of money on the line, so one of the other players was trying to have the round disqualified because he played music. Personally I wouldn't infringe on someone else playing music, unless excessively loud, so I wouldn't ask them. If it's a tournament I expect no music.
  17. This and the refuse to play with someone thread reminded me of a story from 10 years ago. I took a weekend trip to South Jersey and played somewhere down there. I was teamed up with a threesome. I should have just gone on my own. Mainly because one guy was doing business on his mobile phone and he was teeing off whilst doing it. So anyway the other two guys were ok, but this guy wasn't even walking away or talking quietly the whole time on his phone. If there was that much going on, don't show up. He didn't even stop while people where swinging, myself and his buddies. On 15 it just got to the point where it had been affecting me for several holes and my play was going downhill. It didn't bother me at much, at first, because if there was some emergency I can see that taking a little bit, but we were slow because of it, so we are almost 4 hours to the 15th hole with this being constant (he was doing multiple calls, not even the same call to the same person). So on the 15th green and I backed off a putt three times and then said "you know, this is not a freaking office". Obviously he didn't like that and justified that this was the only time he could get out and I should accommodate it. And I'll never forget this one, from one of the other guys "Let's look at you here. You are playing by yourself. You have no friends. What does that say about you?" ????!!!! So they told me to go ahead. I teamed up with, ironically for this thread, a single ahead of us and he couldn't believe it. He told me to go see the pro and he apologized and gave me a free round. Never got to use it because I lived 3 hours north, but nice of him to offer. Sometimes you should just walk away....
  18. I agree that in most places it's unlikely., My home course has people using this argument to justify not letting people though. Whether true or not, they claim to have let singles thru, but after a while they get tired of it and whoever is the next person behind them gets the shaft. My personal take is that the actual number they have let thru is 1, or even 0. There are a lot of people who refuse to team up at my club, so you can have several singles on the course in a short amount of time (hint: the club does not have the nicest membership). I have witnessed 3 in a row however a couple of times. The smart (and nice) thing to do would be to play the hole with the single and then let him putt out and he should be mostly gone by the time the foursome hits the next tee. If you do that 3-4 times, you met 3-4 people. But this is the place where people like to use "singles and twosomes have no priority" and saying things like "get some friends pal". If I am a single, I will let other singles play thru so I can take my time.
  19. I voted no, based on the description. I believe that in general if the course can accommodate without a delay that you should be able to refuse playing with someone. However a busy course is a busy course. You have to adapt. I will say that if you are paying $200 for a round somewhere and they look like real idiots then you should have some way to avoid the pairing, but in general no. I think I've refused to play with someone a couple of times only, in 30 years. Two guys with beers in their hands at 9am and sharing a bag? Yeah.... On the other hand I've had a number of people turn me away. Mostly because they think I'm going to be uptight or a really good player (I'm not uptight and consider myself a pretty OK one, not great). I don't have any hangups about the ability of the people I am playing with, but I've had a number of people see me head for the back tees and tell me to just go ahead without them. Interesting footnote though. When I joined my CC I was shoved around the tee sheet a bit. I didn't know anyone and was shy about booking a tee time with someone in case they didn't like it (I wasn't shy about joining up with people on the first tee or on the course though). The pro shop would pair me with someone else to get another tee time and unfortunately several times the people I was paired with joined up with other people on their own and I left without getting to play. Not a great situation.
  20. It depends on how fast/slow the individual players are. I once was in a group behind a single who was so deliberate he, by himself, was behind pace. And not a bad player either. On average five some will be slower. I caddied for foursomes as a kid who would do 18 holes in less than three hours. Add one to them and they are 3:15 at worst
  21. I would have to say the double bogey free round. Too many places on most courses where one wayward shot will ensure a double. I will say I have a lot of rounds where I am off but hitting straight and hence shoot low 80s with a lot of bogeys because it's a sloppy day. Those rounds can frequently not have a DB.
  22. I'd enjoy that. I'm good for fixing other ball marks and I rarely take a divot. 33 cents per shot would put me around $25 - $27 per round. That's cheap!
  23. The mentality on my current course is that people "pay a lot of money to not be bothered". Several people have apparently told the pro shop that when people have complained about being held up with room in front. The irony is that for the course we play is not overly expensive for as nice as it is.
  24. Stayed at a 7.6 because I had no postable scores in two weeks. Was supposed to play in the club championship and pulled a muscle in my back. I have a low score that will come up that might put me back in the low 8s.
  25. Ditto to @RH31's post. I have my own things to visualize but it's not a pro's swing. I do however try and emulate a good pre-shot routine and try to put the thought in that they do
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