rybo, on 15 August 2012 - 06:21 AM, said:
I have never heard of a Ping fitter charging for a set of Ping clubs. That's the beauty of going with Ping, they have a great system that can fit everybody in a short amount of time.
$1,600 for I20's?!?! WOW......they were trying to rip you off. Good idea to go with someone else.
OK..., here's some things to think about.
Most of these responses in this thread are assuming that someone is charging twice the amount of money in exchange for the same set
. I promise you, my equipment needs to be FIT and BUILT by a highly skilled club technician, and the benefit is easier contact, better feel, more control... Therefore, I expect to pay more to gain the better performance.
What if I want Ping irons, but they don't offer the shaft I play best with? (NOTE: they don't offer my shaft). What if I want a different sole grind? What if I play 3 times better with my set, versus the standard factory built set? Should I choose the factory set, and play worse, just because the price is better?
And what if I go to a Ping fitter, who naturally fits me into Ping irons, but then it turns out that I could have spent the $185 on a fitting that showed that, while Pings are high performance equipment,
that they were not high performance for me? And if by spending the $185, I have a skilled professional guide me to the right combination of elements, isn't that $185 well worth spending to avoid having to sell that Ping set, (most likely at a loss), and then having to spend more time and money to find the right thing? How many bad sets at a discount price do you want me to buy before I am allowed to find MY set?
The great thing about this particular forum, is that all of us can exchange ideas and hear about our individual experiences. Knowing what I know about equipment, I think it is crazy odd when I read of someone buying a "TOUR ISSUE" Taylor Head for a gazillion dollars... (I am thinking- "They are kidding themselves and hoping for a miracle"), but if they actually find some better performance, or feel like their soul is closer to the TOUR, or whatever they get out of that experience..., more power to them. So I understand it when someone says- $185 Fitting? $1600 irons "WOW, Rip off".
However- I saw this picture of Cool Clubs, in Scottsdale, AZ, on their Facebook site, of their club building work area, and I was at their grand opening 2 or 3 years ago, and their original work area was big enough to handle maybe 2 or 3 or 4 club builders comfortably. Go take a look at their new work area - and you will see quite a different story. The new work area is huge, and was not built on the profits from FREE Fitting sessions or "standard" irons sets.
Most of us can understand the differences between a car that costs $25,000 and $60,000, or a hotel room that is $80 or $225, but unfortunately, our golf community is having a difficultt time learning the difference between a traditional set that you buy at a big box store or internet site, or on the internet, versus a set that is super-deluxe in contact, feel, and consistency.