Global Value Commerce has rolled out U-try, the golf industry’s first exclusively online club trial program.
Golfers can test new drivers and fairway woods from Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, TaylorMade, and Titleist. After selecting up to two clubs via the Global Golf website, paying a $25 trial fee per item, participants receive the club(s).
Within 14 days, customers either keep the club(s) and pay the current list price–less the trial fee–or return them with a prepaid shipping label. The program is currently limited to drivers and fairway woods, but hybrids, iron sets and additional brands will be offered by late spring.
“Buying golf equipment is a significant investment…with U-try we’ve created a risk-free opportunity for our customers to spend time with new clubs and determine what is right for them,” says Ed Byman, CEO of GVC.
As a bonus, each U-try driver includes a complimentary Arccos Driver unit.
Based on some questions in this the forum thread about the U-try Program, GVC have put together these answers to GolfWRX members’ most frequent questions.
Brands Currently Available:
Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, Mizuno, TaylorMade, Titleist, XXIO
Are these clubs new or demo clubs?
Every club in the U-try program is new. Once a club is trialed as part of the program, it is taken out of the rotation. No club is sent to multiple customers as part of the U-try program.
Can you test different shaft options?
If you’d like to test different shafts for a particular model, you would need to order two U-try clubs, and select the different shafts (if available) when you configure your selections.
What is the cost for damaged clubs?
U-Try clubs are meant to be used; however, if clubs are returned with damage beyond normal wear and tear, but are still capable of being repaired by our in-house repair team, we will notify you via email and we will charge your credit card for these repairs according to the repair charge structure below:
|Damage Description||Repair Required||Charge per
|Excessive wear or damage to grips||Grip Replacement||$2|
|Damaged shaft||Shaft Replacement||$30|
|Shaft separated from clubhead||Shaft Repair||$10|
|Ferrule damaged/replacement||Shaft Repair||$10|
|Incorrect shaft and/or shaft adapter||Shaft Repair||$10|
|Rattle in clubhead||Clubhead Rattle Repair||$10|
Do I have to return the Arccos Driver Sensor that come with my trial club?
Customers can keep the Arccos Driver sensor free of charge, even if they choose to return the club it was sent with. (Arccos Driver retails for $29.99, so this covers the $25 trial fee and then some).
Brian Harman, Patton Kizzire Winning WITBs: 2018 QBE Shootout
Driver: Titleist 917D2 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Accra Concept Series X-flex
3-wood: Titleist TS2 (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution II 661 S-flex
5-wood: Titliest 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution II 757 S-flex
Hybrid: Titleist 818 H1 (21 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold
Irons: Titleist 718 CB (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400
Wedges: Titleist SM7 (46, 50, 53, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400
Putter: TaylorMade Spider OS CB
Ball: Titleist Pro V1 (2017)
Driver: Titleist TS3 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder TR 757 X-flex
3-wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue 95 X-flex
Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees)
Shaft: UST Mamiya Axiv Core X-flex
Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), Titleist 718 CB (5-6), Titleist 718 MB (7-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
Wedges: Titleist SM7 (48, 52, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Onyx X100
Putter: Scotty Cameron Golo Tour
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x (2017)
Bettinardi signs Eddie Pepperell
Eddie Pepperell is a singular quantity in to world of golf, so it’s not surprising that the Englishman has taken a unique route to becoming a Bettinardi staffer.
20 months ago, the two-time European Tour winner walked into Core Golf in Thame, Oxfordshire, and bought four putters, including a Bettinardi Studio Stock No. 8.
Pepperell, who jumped from No. 513 to No. 38 in the OWGR since putting the Bettinardi in play in April 2017, won’t have to pay for his putters any more. He joins the likes Francesco Molinari, Haotong Li, and Matt Kuchar as a Bettinardi staffer, the company announced the today.
“I’ve tried a number of putters and time and again, it’s the one model I keep coming back to.” said Eddie. “Positively I won’t have to buy a Bettinardi putter again, but having bought four putters from Core Golf I’m just hoping I haven’t put them of business as a result!” he added.
Great news @PepperellEddie on signing with @BettinardiGolf @BettinardiUK it was a pleasure building your 4 putters that helped you climb to world no 38! Assume you don't want to pre order your 2019 @BettinardiGolf putter?! ???????????? pic.twitter.com/nogW7K1u0G
— Core Golf UK (@CoreGolfUK) December 5, 2018
It was after Pepperell’s British Masters triumph in October that negotiations to bring him on board began in earnest.
“Once Eddie stayed ahead of a strong field at the British Masters to win his second Tour title of the year with a Bettinardi putter, we decided to reopen negotiations and we’re delighted with the outcome. It means that we now have another top 50 player in the world playing Bettinardi putters…” said Executive Vice President, Sam Bettinardi.
Here are the specs for his Studio Stock No. 8, courtesy of Bettinardi, which also provided the photos below of Pepperell’s putter (pre rust).
A more recent (and rusted shot) below of Pepperell’s putter at The Open.
Miura offers fully assembled custom club e-commerce service
Miura Golf has announced that the company now offers fully assembled custom clubs direct to consumers through its website.
The new e-commerce platform was launched over Thanksgiving weekend, and it allows golfers to build an entire set of clubs custom to their preference. Golfers can choose from 10 different types of irons and custom make their club by choosing between different head, shaft and grip options. As well as the irons, Miura also provides golfers with the opportunity to custom make their driving irons, wedges and putter.
For Miura’s premium club, the MC-501 Chrome (4-iron-PW), customers have the choice between eight different heads, 13 shafts, and 14 grips.
Speaking on the new service, Miura Golf President Hoyt McGarity stated
“We are committed to introducing more golfers to the pure pleasure of hitting a Miura club. With miuragolf.com’s new e-commerce capability, it has never been easier for golfers to have such direct access to Miura products.”
Lawrence Place, CFO, spoke to the target consumer for the fully assembled custom club offerings
“Miuragolf.com is primarily for someone who already knows his/her specs or doesn’t have easy access to an authorized dealer. Our eCommerce offering is not intended to replace a full fitting at an authorized dealer, as we still believe that this is the best way to fit into a set of Miura’s.”
While long-time Miura enthusiasts may be wondering why the company chose this route now, it seems the answer is simple economics: demand.
On that subject, Will Miele, North America Sales Manager, said
“At this point, we wanted to be able to fulfill the demand for consumers who did not have an option to order full built sets of Miura products. So this phase one release gives golfers, who have their specs, the opportunity to go online and place a custom order. We highly recommend golfers seek out Miura dealers in their area through our dealer locator on our website and get properly fit.
“As we develop our website we will be adding features that will help consumers who cannot get to a local dealer a way to narrow down their options for better performance.”
The most expensive custom made iron options begin at $1,960, while the most affordable options start at $1,350. The custom clubs are available now at MiuraGolf.com.
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