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Dick's Eliminates PGA Instructors as Golf Sales Shrink
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Posted on 07/27/2014 12:02:25 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA

“We are selling drivers in our stores this spring for $99 that were $299 approximately 21 months ago,” Stack said during a conference call with analysts, according to a transcript.

Sales volume for men’s drivers was down 2% in the first quarter, he added, but the average price of those clubs fell 16%.

Analysts largely attribute the weakening golf market to the dwindling number of people playing the sport. The National Golf Foundation estimates that 400,000 U.S. golfers left the game in 2013. According to a survey from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, the number of individuals who golfed at least once dropped 2.5% year-over-year, the fifth consecutive year that showed a decline.

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Schadenfreude!

Dick's chose golf over guns and now reaps the benefits.

1 posted on 07/27/2014 12:02:25 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA

it’s because Obama is hogging all the Golf courses


2 posted on 07/27/2014 12:04:22 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Red in Blue PA

FYI...... I am not a golfer and don’t play one on TV.

I saw a really good movie this week on Netflix...... Seven Days in Utopia.

It involves a golf pro that lost it...... he took a fork in the road that took him to Utopia Texas, pop 318. There he found redemption and a new life.

It is far from you average Hollywood propaganda piece.


4 posted on 07/27/2014 12:07:11 PM PDT by bert ((K.E.; N.P.; GOPc.;+12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Golf is a sport largely played by the masses when the economy and their pocketbooks are doing well.. This is a symptom of the Obameconomy.


5 posted on 07/27/2014 12:07:35 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: Red in Blue PA

I also think that many people, being unemployed, have cut golfing and other luxuries out of their tight budgets.


6 posted on 07/27/2014 12:08:06 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Red in Blue PA

I went into a new Gander Mountain and was amazed at the number of guns they had. Must have had 400 guns on display. No golf stuff tho


7 posted on 07/27/2014 12:09:46 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: fatnotlazy

Yes, many in the middle class briefly flirted with golf when they thought their financial position was secure. Now they know better.

Yacht sales are probably down a bit as well.


8 posted on 07/27/2014 12:12:54 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Obama has single-handedly made Golf uncool while making guns cool.


9 posted on 07/27/2014 12:13:10 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Red in Blue PA

while some of the decline in the numbers playing golf may be mortality among age groups that used to be more active in Golf, my counter evidence, anecdotal as it is, is an upswing in the numbers of my own recently retired age group who have just recently taken up golf in the last few years - half of those I know in my age group who never played golf much if at all in the past, retirement have taken up golf, or greatly expanded how much they play since they retired in recent years - and who buys more golf items year over year; those who have been playing for many years, or those whose active play starts in more recent years

maybe Dicks is in a slump of their own, with the expansion of outfits like Sports Authority and, from what I have seen in some locales, an expansion of independent pro golf shops.


10 posted on 07/27/2014 12:15:15 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: Red in Blue PA

A Dick’s opened up near me, talking a HUGE extravaganza of a store. Very modern, upscale looking. I am not the big sports guy, in fact, perhaps farthest from it. And I would never pretend to know much of anything about a business I don’t really care about....but sometimes you see a “Best Buy” kind of situation where sure, the store might do a good business just on flash, but in this era of very low retail margins, it’s hard for me to imagine such a huge store making sense.


11 posted on 07/27/2014 12:15:51 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Golf is fun to play but sucks to watch on TV. Just wanted to say that.

I haven’t played a game in years due to work taking up so much time.


12 posted on 07/27/2014 12:17:23 PM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: Bogey78O
Golf is fun to play but sucks to watch on TV. Just wanted to say that. I haven’t played a game in years due to work taking up so much time.

I haven’t played a game in years because it sucks.

13 posted on 07/27/2014 12:20:40 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

That’s it.


14 posted on 07/27/2014 12:22:42 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: Red in Blue PA

The little 9-hole course where I play (senior $15, regular $18) had been packed until just this year. I don’t see how they managed to attract paying golfers in the depths of the downturn (2009-2012) but can’t now that things are somewhat better, although hardly booming.

Unfortunately, the slow players and idiots are still coming....


15 posted on 07/27/2014 12:24:46 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: proxy_user

I don’t think the economy has improved.


17 posted on 07/27/2014 12:27:09 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Red in Blue PA

This is doubly good news. Besides shrinking the unfair economic gap between Americans and Nicaraguans, the anemic economy also reduces crowding at the golf courses. It’s no wonder Democrats in the Senate and in our White House are thrilled with their progress.


18 posted on 07/27/2014 12:27:23 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

That is one thing, but also Golf is a luxury that fewer and fewer can afford. Thanks to Obama and Democrats for their war on the Middle Class!


19 posted on 07/27/2014 12:28:41 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Dicks is NO REFLECTION of golf popularity. We golfers all know Dicks prices are retail plus. Online purc

hases are 40 percent less


20 posted on 07/27/2014 12:32:00 PM PDT by advertising guy ( <------------- lotta white in here ------------>)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Years ago, I concluded that golfing is a form of gambling. You can easily get addicted, for much of the same reasons. A behaviour psychologist might single out the power of “random intermittent positive reinforcement”.

Most of my drives fall short, or hook or slice off course. If there’s a water hazard, I bring out a floating ball. If there’s a sand trap, I know I’ll be using a wedge on my next shot. However, every now and then, I hear that beautiful “thwack” from a drive, and watch it fly gracefully down the fairway. Occasionally, I miss the hazards and the traps. Sometimes, my first putt goes in the hole.

Whenever I get a good shot in, the endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, etc. start pumping; and it feels soooo gooood! I’m on a natural high for the rest of the game — no matter how many balls I lose in the rough. Somehow, I only remember the good shots later; and, like any addict, I’m hooked (much like half my drives).


21 posted on 07/27/2014 12:33:10 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Red in Blue PA

I was going to say, they seem like a poorly run organization.


22 posted on 07/27/2014 12:33:13 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: bert

Kinda like the plot for “doc Hollywood” or “cars”. I am not saying it’s a bad movie. What I am trying to say is Hollywood Hasn’t had an original idea in 30 years.

CC


23 posted on 07/27/2014 12:33:32 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: JSDude1; MRourke85; All
"This is a symptom of the Obameconomy."
very apparent, as shown of the graph on post #3
coincides w/ '09 and besides; who has the time.

ONLY 0"Mullah, the vacationer/grifter/racist-in-chief.
24 posted on 07/27/2014 12:36:11 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon...0'Mullah / "Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: rabidralph
I was going to say, they seem like a poorly run organization.

They get out of guns during one of the historic rises in the gun market and buy into the golf market right before it heads south.

If DKS shareholders had any sense, they would show those execs the door.
25 posted on 07/27/2014 12:39:31 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Jane Long

I think we need to see video of Obama and Charles Barkley teeing off. Both of their swings suck. You notice not much attention is given to the Zero’s swing. In the few times I’ve seen it, it rates along with his pitching skills. He’s just an ugly spaz through and through.


26 posted on 07/27/2014 12:49:05 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Red in Blue PA
TWDS (Tiger Woods Disillusionment Syndrome).
27 posted on 07/27/2014 12:52:19 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it earned it." --Ayn Rand)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Something that is being overlooked was that when Tiger Woods burst on the scene in the early 2000’s and was winning tournament after tournament and in commercials and on the covers of more than just golf magazines, golf became hugely more popular, not only on TV but it also got more people into playing golf, especially younger people who never would have considered taking up the game. Similarly Annika Sorenstam did the same with respect to more women taking up the golf.

But the huge upswing of popularity also hurt the game as the influx of new players, some of whom never bothered to take any lessons or learn the rules and etiquette, and the long playing times (5 to 6 hours for 18 holes) and difficulty even getting tee times, drove a lot of long time players away out of frustration.

And then when Tiger crashed and burned both professionally and personally, Annika retired and Wie failed to live up to expectations, and people found it wasn’t as easy as the pros make it appear on TV and it had lost the “cool factor”, a lot of those newcomers lost interest.

Yes, I’m sure the economy factors into the equation as well.

I stopped playing around 2006 mostly because of lower back issues and then a gain of more weight than I’m comfortable carrying. Of course being unemployed between 2009 and 2010 also had a lot to do with it.

But I’m working out and losing weight and have been thinking recently of dusting off my clubs and at least going to the driving range and playing a round or two in the fall, see how my back tolerates it and perhaps playing more regularly.

BTW - Dicks is a terrible place to buy golf equipment, has been for years.

28 posted on 07/27/2014 12:54:03 PM PDT by MD Expat in PA
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To: Red in Blue PA

I quit golfing when it hit a buck a hole... $$$


29 posted on 07/27/2014 1:00:46 PM PDT by Trteamer ( (Eat Meat, Wear Fur, Own Guns, FReep Leftists, Drive an SUV, Drill A.N.W.R., Drill the Gulf, Vote)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Obama’s reverse Midas Touch strikes again.


30 posted on 07/27/2014 1:08:20 PM PDT by Fantasywriter (Any attempt to do forensic work using Internet artifacts is fraught with pitfalls. JoeProbono)
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To: fatnotlazy
Funny... I was at two different DISC GOLF courses today, and they were packed with men, women, and children. No matter when I go, there are at least a few people playing.

DISC GOLF, it is the BEST SPORT you nEVER heard of.

NO GREEN FEES. NO CARTS. EVERY ONE WELCOME. HAVE FUN.

There are courses near you. There are courses all over the United States, and around the World.

The only COST is the discs, and they average around $15.


31 posted on 07/27/2014 1:08:37 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: Focault's Pendulum
Try Disc Golf.

It is ALWAYS FUN. Weather is no obstacle. I have played in two feet of snow, 45 mph wind gusts, and in the rain. We even play at night. (YES, we have discs that glow in the dark)

Here is a photo montage slide show of me and my friends playing high above Downtown KC, with AC/DC THUNDERSTRUCK as the music background.

Disc Golf Funday Sunday @ Water Works

Best way to find a course is:

Click on anywhere in the US map to find courses

32 posted on 07/27/2014 1:20:32 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: molson209

how many golf balls does it take to fill a bunker?

Obama knows..

How come he never plays a Trump course?


33 posted on 07/27/2014 1:20:38 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

If you’re going to run a sporting goods store, don’t be a Dick(s).


34 posted on 07/27/2014 1:29:43 PM PDT by Right Brother
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To: Focault's Pendulum
Here is a video of some guys playing on my home course.

Casual Round at Swope with Date Noss

35 posted on 07/27/2014 1:30:29 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Golf is expensive and time consuming. It takes a great deal of practice to become good and remain so. In order to get good you must play three times a week. The cheapest courses are $40 minimum a round. That is $520 per month. The cost of a new car payment. When people are not doing well, golf is dropped first.


36 posted on 07/27/2014 1:31:24 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
“...but in this era of very low retail margins, it’s hard for me to imagine such a huge store making sense.”

Listening to business news it seems the Internet is slowly but surely taking whatever business there is away from brick and mortar stores. So it seems you would not be alone in that assessment.

I myself buy the majority of sports equipment and clothing from Dick's via the Internet. And I can return/exchange at the store no problem.

37 posted on 07/27/2014 1:36:59 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: Bogey78O

Way better to watch on TV than Soccer.:)


38 posted on 07/27/2014 1:39:22 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: proxy_user

I pack a slingshot in my bag in case I run into the “5 practice swings before every shot “ guy.


39 posted on 07/27/2014 1:41:24 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: Red in Blue PA

First thing to go in a depressionary economy are luxuries. An economic lesson my kids have known from age 8 and up because I continually repeat similar lessons.

Golf is one of those luxuries. Guns are in many cases a necessity and at worst, a last chance survival tool.

Whatever Dick’s is thinking with, well....apparently they’ve run “short” on common sense.


40 posted on 07/27/2014 1:45:32 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: rabidralph

I'd say they are run rather well.

41 posted on 07/27/2014 1:49:40 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: UCANSEE2

Never heard of disc golf, but it looks like fun. I might even be able to play.


42 posted on 07/27/2014 1:53:50 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: MD Expat in PA
“long playing times (5 to 6 hours for 18 holes)”

Golf could be played for time. Hit the ball, run after it and hit it again. With only low-compression balls allowed, golf courses would take up a lot less acreage. Speed golf would provide a better overall workout, and get you back to the all-important 19th hole in less than an hour!

43 posted on 07/27/2014 1:56:55 PM PDT by Zuse (I am disrupted! I am offended! I am insulted! I am outraged!)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

“Obama has single-handedly made Golf uncool while making guns cool.”

B0Dunhamsoetorosoebarkah was once an avid skeet shooter.


44 posted on 07/27/2014 2:00:32 PM PDT by Zuse (I am disrupted! I am offended! I am insulted! I am outraged!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

from idea to the shelves a driver that sells for 500 bucks cost about 70 bucks to make.

Golf club depreciation is worse than cars, yet markup on a newer used driver is incredible.


45 posted on 07/27/2014 2:05:21 PM PDT by stylin19a (Obama ----> Fredo smart)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I gave up this form of masochism disguised as a game a few years ago.


46 posted on 07/27/2014 2:08:58 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Moonman62

Check back in a few years.....they recently flipped gun owners the middle finger. I cut up my Dicks card and vowed to never spend another dime there.....and I am not alone.


47 posted on 07/27/2014 2:27:40 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Moonman62

I guess they are.


48 posted on 07/27/2014 2:38:53 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Red in Blue PA

That could be. The stock price hasn’t done much the past two years.


49 posted on 07/27/2014 2:42:09 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: UCANSEE2; fatnotlazy
I completely agree with everything you said about Disc Golf. It's great exercise, much cheaper than golf, and there's a very wide range of types of courses. We used to have two public courses around here -- one in a big, largely open, field on the undeveloped university grounds; and the other in a rainforest. They each required quite different skills. My wife and I used to go with our dog (we soon learned to bring a cheap frisbee for the dog, and get her tired of chasing it, before starting to play). I thought I was doing O.K., until we met up with some college students who played competitively. This was in the open area, so a long drive shot was useful. They could throw a Frisbee "driver" a couple hundred yards or more. That gave them an advantage of at least a shot a hole.
50 posted on 07/27/2014 2:51:48 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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