Skip to comments.Dick's Eliminates PGA Instructors as Golf Sales Shrink
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 mens 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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Dick's chose golf over guns and now reaps the benefits.
it’s because Obama is hogging all the Golf courses
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.
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.
I also think that many people, being unemployed, have cut golfing and other luxuries out of their tight budgets.
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
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.
Obama has single-handedly made Golf uncool while making guns cool.
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.
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.
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 havent played a game in years because it sucks.
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....
I don’t think the economy has improved.
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.
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!
Dicks is NO REFLECTION of golf popularity. We golfers all know Dicks prices are retail plus. Online purc
hases are 40 percent less
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).
I was going to say, they seem like a poorly run organization.
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.
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.
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 wasnt 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, Im 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 Im comfortable carrying. Of course being unemployed between 2009 and 2010 also had a lot to do with it.
But Im 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.
I quit golfing when it hit a buck a hole... $$$
Obama’s reverse Midas Touch strikes again.
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.
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.
Best way to find a course is:
how many golf balls does it take to fill a bunker?
How come he never plays a Trump course?
If you’re going to run a sporting goods store, don’t be a Dick(s).
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.
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.
Way better to watch on TV than Soccer.:)
I pack a slingshot in my bag in case I run into the “5 practice swings before every shot “ guy.
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.
I'd say they are run rather well.
Never heard of disc golf, but it looks like fun. I might even be able to play.
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!
“Obama has single-handedly made Golf uncool while making guns cool.”
B0Dunhamsoetorosoebarkah was once an avid skeet shooter.
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.
I gave up this form of masochism disguised as a game a few years ago.
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.
I guess they are.
That could be. The stock price hasn’t done much the past two years.