TsarBomba, on 21 February 2017 - 09:59 PM, said:
North Butte, on 21 February 2017 - 11:29 AM, said:
Well cheapskates probably tend to hang around with cheapskates, don't you think?
Without getting too much into stereotyping (that's what the "Judge My Bag thread is for!) I know the guys I play regularly with are either deal-hawks like myself or they buy whatever is on sale at the pro shop whenever they get tournament pro-shop credit or in some cases they literally play with any premium balls they find on the course. All of us are "avid" by any reasonable definition.
But there are other groups of guys I see at my club who you can take one look at and tell they are not cheapskates. They are supremely image conscious in everything from the clothes and shoes they wear to the type of drink they order in the bar to their clubs and golf balls. Those guys routinely buy another dozen of ProV1x (never ProV1 for some reason) whenever their previous dozen runs low. If you see a foursome of these guys at least three if not all four will be playing ProV1x.
I once jokingly referred to that type of golfer as the guys who iron their golf pants. You know the type I mean, surely? My theory is that part of being image conscious is playing the ProV1x and another part of the image is not stooping to shop around for deals. I shudder to think what these guy's monthly bill from the club looks like, given their expensive tastes and willingness to pay list price for everything.
Lol, yeah I probably just labeled myself there I guess. Great counterpoint, and now just curious the ratio of the guys you describe vs the circumstance related purchases. Don't have a clue really and i should not base it on my observation for the reason you described.
At my club which is somewhat upscale for this area, there is a big cohort of older guys and then a range of middle aged and younger members. Most but not all of the older bunch are what I semi-jokingly referred to as "cheapskates" like myself. The more image conscious cohort tends to be in their 30's 40's and 50's and probably represent a fairly small portion of the membership, maybe a third or so? But that's the cohort that is gradually growing while the older bunch are gradually disappearing for one reason or another.
I formerly played at a small town club sith somewhat different demographics but I'd say a third or so of the members being regular retail ProV1 buyers was probably true there. Now of course when I play at any of the entry-level public/muni type courses the ProV1x is not so ubiquitous. A guy paying $15 or $25 to play golf is probably going to think twice over paying 2-3x that much for a box of balls. Still, even there they sell 'em by the sleeve for $12.95 or whatever in the pro shop. Pretty amazing.
Still, even among the older guys who don't fit the dress like a tour pro image there are some who have been buying a dozen ProV1's from the pro shop every few weeks for years and years. It may seem odd to us but I think there are many, many golfers for whom paying $48 every month or so for a box of ProV1's is just something they do without thinking about it. It's just a normative group behavior among the guys they've always played golf with.
Edited by North Butte, 22 February 2017 - 07:06 AM.
Everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.