Why have grips gotten so expensive?
Posted 30 August 2010 - 03:52 PM
Posted 30 August 2010 - 04:03 PM
With that said I don't think anything made from rubber is getting cheaper these days.
Posted 30 August 2010 - 04:08 PM
Many people don't change grips very often. My wife is a great example... since her clubs were bought she's had 3 sets of grips installed... and she plays once a week. When we're on vacation, she plays 5-8 days straight. It's not because he grips are not worn either; it's because he just doesn't notice like most people. I attribute that to her not being a "feel" person, like most of the rest. Then there are those that just can't afford to regularly change grips... they are expensive.
Posted 30 August 2010 - 04:39 PM
the cheap grips are still cheap, and there's plenty of good options for $3 and under per grip
it's only when you get into cord(which were always more expensive)/multi compound/crazy color, that it gets expensive
some people figured out that tons of golfers will pay double the old price for grips if you make them in pretty colors
Posted 30 August 2010 - 04:42 PM
Posted 30 August 2010 - 05:00 PM
Posted 30 August 2010 - 05:23 PM
Posted 30 August 2010 - 06:11 PM
Actually, oil prices are about the same as they were three years ago. I think it is more the advanced formulations, labor, and profit, versus the cost of the underlying commodity level raw materials. It may also be what people say above, a certain number of people will buy the grips whether they are $3 or $8 because, once a year, it is not that big an expenditure compared to overall cost of golf. What they call in economics, inelasticity - the demand pretty much stays the same regardless of price. The only thing that keeps prices under control is the willingness of some golfers to substitute a cheaper grip or a competitor's grip.
Posted 30 August 2010 - 06:47 PM
not a bad theory, add in muti-compound/color grips etc
Posted 30 August 2010 - 08:25 PM
That's a good point. I got my winn pci hybrids for various prices last month ranging from $4.99 with free install, up to $7.99. I staggered the installs because I was still experimenting. During this time, I saw a number of other popular grips on sale, plus a number of stores had coupons and discounts for spending over $50, etc. The point being, if you only change grips once per year, it is very possible to just keep an eye on sales and buy them when the prices temporarily drop. Then throw them in the closet for a couple months until ready to have them changed. I figure you can cut the price by a third, or more, using this approach. otoh if you decide this week that you just have to have them all changed right now, well, you will likely pay the full retail price.
Edited by atlanta golfer, 30 August 2010 - 08:26 PM.
Posted 30 August 2010 - 09:49 PM
Posted 31 August 2010 - 03:36 AM
Edited by hobbygolfer, 31 August 2010 - 03:37 AM.
Posted 31 August 2010 - 07:39 AM
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Posted 31 August 2010 - 07:50 AM
Posted 31 August 2010 - 08:14 AM
Posted 31 August 2010 - 08:38 AM
When commodity speculation reached its height back in 2008, oil pricing was getting close to $200/barrel.
Early 2009, when most of consumer and compaines suffered from economic downturn, we saw oil pricing being $40 to $50/barrel.
Nothing happened to grip pricing.
Now we are at mid $70/barrel.... grip pricing is unmoved.
All I am sayint is that Oil/chemical isn't the big part of the grip pricing.
Posted 31 August 2010 - 09:38 AM
I loved the New Decades, but after playing with these 2 G grips...wow what a better grip! Great grip for the price.
Posted 31 August 2010 - 09:48 AM
Hopefully I can find a set of grips on the bay for decent price.