KMo23, on 05 December 2018 - 07:08 AM, said:
Krt22, on 04 December 2018 - 11:24 PM, said:
KMeloney, on 04 December 2018 - 11:45 AM, said:
Krt22, on 04 December 2018 - 11:38 AM, said:
KMeloney, on 04 December 2018 - 09:40 AM, said:
Does anyone know what CC is able to buy a head from an OEM for? The general assumption here is that CC is able to buy a head much cheaper than if someone went to GG and bought the whole club. If CC were to buy a head at GG and then had to pull the shaft in order to set it up to the customer's specs, then they'd have labor into the cost of the club on top of the purchase price. I just don't know for a fact that CC is able to purchase a head for much less than a whole club sells for at GG and elsewhere.
I suspect that CC doesn't get the deals some think it gets when buying from manufacturers. I also suspect that it charges more for components in order to keep the price of its fittings in-line.
I'll see if I can find out.
Im not sure it matters or if that even happens, given they charge you full retail for the club .
That they buy the heads only or if they get a discount. Either way they charge you full retail as you would buy a complete set from Dick's, so any discount they may or may not get, they take as profit. Pulling an iron shaft takes all of 15 seconds so not much labor involved.
Read the responses, heads only. I'm shocked You can pull an iron set in 15 seconds? Wow what magic do you use? I've been building clubs for almost 20 years and to do a proper pull, clean, and prep for install it takes me much longer than that! And usually double the time if it's graphite! Please share a video of your process, would love to know what I'm doing incorrectly. Always want to get more efficient.
I've read claims they get the heads only, if that is the case they should sell for less for much less than MSRP, which they simply don't.
To physically pull an iron shaft its fast, 15 seconds may be an exaggeration. But there is no vice needed, heat the hosel and pull it it off. I use a micro torch (learned that on here after years wasted messing with a heat gun) so no time is wasted heating up the whole head. Even then, lets be super conservative and call it a minute max, more padding to sip some refreshments, we can round up and call the whole process of pulling shafts 10 minutes for an iron set of 7 or 8. Obviously a graphite shaft is much different, but not at all relevant when building irons. Even if they bought the retail clubs and pulled them apart, they wouldn't start with a graphite shafted set, and if they did, they would toss the shafts anyway so no need to take your time not to damage it. Long story short, much less labor involved than what they are charging, especially if they are getting a discount by buying heads only
New shafts need to be prepped as well, its clear they build in that cost given they charge more than MSRP for the shafts they select. (almost double in my friends case). Brand new hosels also would need to be prepped, so not a big deal to clean out the epoxy (which technically wouldn't be there in the first place)
My friends latest set from last year
JPX900 Irons-$149.99 Each (my mistake, it looks like retail was $162, a nice $12 discount off retail)
KBS Tour 90 Shafts -$55 (MSRP of 29.95)
CP2 Grips-$11 (MSRP 7.99)
$246/club, $269/each after tax. You can order the identical club sans the purring from Discount Dan's for ~$140, since in his case, the shafts and grips were stock offerings. Does the $100+ up charge per club warrant the purring and labor involved, well that is up to the individual, but in most cases I'm guessing the answer is no
Let's be honest, there is a TON of margin on the work they do. That is their business model and they aren't really shy about it. They sell a premium product at a premium price and only really appeal to a very specific subset of golfers, I don't see the need to sugar coat or defend it. With that being said, I plan to get fit by them this winter and then build the set myself.
Edited by Krt22, 05 December 2018 - 02:36 PM.