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Ryo Ishikawa to be with Callaway Golf from 2013


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#1 yUmaRouS

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 01:27 AM

Confirmed on the Japanese news. There has been a rumor to be with Nike but Callaway was suprising.


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Posted 30 October 2012 - 01:47 AM

Confirned by who on Japanese news? No doubting you OP, I am just a skeptic by nature!

If this is the new staffer they were talking about this is a great move for them. Ryo hasn't emerged like some thought in the U.S. but he's still super young and talented and an absolute rockstar in Japan/all of Asia. Coup for Callaway of this turns out to be the case!
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 02:12 AM

callaway japan really comes out with great stuff..

..i can't understand why the big difference between their US and japan models---aside from the prices..

it seems the US version are like their rejects!!

or they probably realize they can't sell them in the US at the price points they need to be profitable..
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 02:30 AM

View Postjmvargas, on 30 October 2012 - 02:12 AM, said:

callaway japan really comes out with great stuff..

..i can't understand why the big difference between their US and japan models---aside from the prices..

it seems the US version are like their rejects!!

or they probably realize they can't sell them in the US at the price points they need to be profitable..

i have always thought the same thing about the Legacy line. So much better looking etc.
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 02:39 AM

He will be a great marketing asset. I met him at Turnberry in 2009. Charming young man and extremely patient with fans wanting photos and autographs.
Still a bit baffled as to why he can't cross the line outside Asia though....


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Posted 30 October 2012 - 03:17 AM

from what i gathered he is treated like a mini-god in japan...

someone also told me once many years ago that golf in japan is like a religion...and i presume they treat their superstars as such..

that's also probably why i cannot recall any male japanese superstar golfer who really went full-time outside of japan..

they also get homesick a lot...
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 04:50 AM

Will be interesting to see if this pans out. Agree the legacy line looks great. If he does make this move I wonder if he will play in the US more?

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 06:39 AM

Great pick up for Callaway.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 07:15 AM

HUGE move!
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 07:23 AM

If its true it is a great move for Cally.  I wonder why Yonex bowed out?


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Posted 30 October 2012 - 09:56 AM

It is official. It is up on Yahoo! Japan headline new for sports that it is confirmed with the highest ever contact money.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:01 AM

I know some insiders saying that no matter how popular Ishikawa is, Yonex's club sales didn't go through the roof like expected. It did increase but most of the sales when up in the apparel and junior clubs. I guess the original investment on him didnt pay off or Yonex couldnt pay the same amount of money to continue the contract.

A little different to ishikawa's situation but probably a bit like Harrigton. Even if he won 3 majors we don't see a huge number of people buying Wilson equipment.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:02 AM

View Postjmvargas, on 30 October 2012 - 02:12 AM, said:

callaway japan really comes out with great stuff..

..i can't understand why the big difference between their US and japan models---aside from the prices..

it seems the US version are like their rejects!!

or they probably realize they can't sell them in the US at the price points they need to be profitable..



Asian Market wants the best equipment and will pay big $$$ for it.

American Market wants the best equipment but will NOT pay for it.
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:39 AM

View PostGoogleMe, on 30 October 2012 - 10:02 AM, said:

View Postjmvargas, on 30 October 2012 - 02:12 AM, said:

callaway japan really comes out with great stuff..

..i can't understand why the big difference between their US and japan models---aside from the prices..

it seems the US version are like their rejects!!

or they probably realize they can't sell them in the US at the price points they need to be profitable..



Asian Market wants the best equipment and will pay big $$$ for it.

American Market wants the best equipment but will NOT pay for it.

Pretty much spot on here. I think one of the Callaway guys posted this before, stating the reason they don't release the Legacy line in the US is because there isn't much of a market for a $2,000 set of irons. People are already questioning why their new X Forged are $999. The process to make the Legacy irons increases and simply stated, well, look at the guy I quoted :)
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:42 AM

Great pick up for Callaway. He's a great player with lots of potential. Definitely a great player to watch on Tour.


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Posted 30 October 2012 - 11:44 AM

we all think that rory is an incredible signing - think about the global impact of the RYO signing.

if i was in the callaway boardroom this last year and was targeting players to put on staff - i'm probably realizing that rory may cost too much money for the return...  ryo however has global impact.  NO BRAINER in my mind.  we think small picture sometimes - however, the asian golf market is HUGE.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 12:09 PM

Great pickup and he'll get to play ALL the cool Callaway Japan stuff. Lucky b@st@rd!!  LOL

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 12:10 PM

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Great pickup and he'll get to play ALL the cool Callaway Japan stuff. Lucky b@st@rd!!  LOL
I can still get you a set of Legacy's bro!  Just bring your Platinum card!  :cheesy:
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 12:12 PM

View Posttbowles411, on 30 October 2012 - 12:10 PM, said:

View Postgolfware, on 30 October 2012 - 12:09 PM, said:

Great pickup and he'll get to play ALL the cool Callaway Japan stuff. Lucky b@st@rd!!  LOL
I can still get you a set of Legacy's bro!  Just bring your Platinum card!  :cheesy:

TSG has them now!

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 12:15 PM

View PostTheMoneyShot, on 30 October 2012 - 12:12 PM, said:

View Posttbowles411, on 30 October 2012 - 12:10 PM, said:

View Postgolfware, on 30 October 2012 - 12:09 PM, said:

Great pickup and he'll get to play ALL the cool Callaway Japan stuff. Lucky b@st@rd!!  LOL
I can still get you a set of Legacy's bro!  Just bring your Platinum card!  :cheesy:

TSG has them now!

TSG has had them over for a year. But who wants to pay $1800 for 5-PW with DGS200 shafts. LOL

Not I said the wolf....  Lol


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Posted 30 October 2012 - 12:15 PM

View PostTheMoneyShot, on 30 October 2012 - 12:12 PM, said:

View Posttbowles411, on 30 October 2012 - 12:10 PM, said:

View Postgolfware, on 30 October 2012 - 12:09 PM, said:

Great pickup and he'll get to play ALL the cool Callaway Japan stuff. Lucky b@st@rd!!  LOL
I can still get you a set of Legacy's bro!  Just bring your Platinum card!  :cheesy:

TSG has them now!
Platinum card still needed!  :)
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 12:17 PM

View Posttbowles411, on 30 October 2012 - 12:15 PM, said:

View PostTheMoneyShot, on 30 October 2012 - 12:12 PM, said:

View Posttbowles411, on 30 October 2012 - 12:10 PM, said:

View Postgolfware, on 30 October 2012 - 12:09 PM, said:

Great pickup and he'll get to play ALL the cool Callaway Japan stuff. Lucky b@st@rd!!  LOL
I can still get you a set of Legacy's bro!  Just bring your Platinum card!  :cheesy:

TSG has them now!
Platinum card still needed!  :)

For sure.  There is no way to get around that price I'm afraid unless you buy used.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 12:20 PM

View Posttbowles411, on 30 October 2012 - 12:15 PM, said:

View PostTheMoneyShot, on 30 October 2012 - 12:12 PM, said:

View Posttbowles411, on 30 October 2012 - 12:10 PM, said:

View Postgolfware, on 30 October 2012 - 12:09 PM, said:

Great pickup and he'll get to play ALL the cool Callaway Japan stuff. Lucky b@st@rd!!  LOL
I can still get you a set of Legacy's bro!  Just bring your Platinum card!  :cheesy:

TSG has them now!
Platinum card still needed!  :)

Fuh-get Platinum. Am Ex BLACK card please!!

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 12:21 PM

View PostyUmaRouS, on 30 October 2012 - 09:56 AM, said:

It is official. It is up on Yahoo! Japan headline new for sports that it is confirmed with the highest ever contact money.

Link to that news please!

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 12:23 PM

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 12:45 PM

Not sure if somebody said this before, but does this mean he is the mystery new staffer from that other thread?  The one with the Xprotos with the initials blacked out.

It hinted at the new player coming to play the pga tour more, lots thought it might be Colsearts(sp?) but now maybe its Ryo?

Here is the link to the other thread: http://www.golfwrx.c...__ new staffer

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 12:45 PM

View Poststevechamberland, on 30 October 2012 - 12:21 PM, said:

View PostyUmaRouS, on 30 October 2012 - 09:56 AM, said:

It is official. It is up on Yahoo! Japan headline new for sports that it is confirmed with the highest ever contact money.

Link to that news please!

Sure, if you can read Japan or do the translation yourself.
http://headlines.yah...000137-sph-golf

or fairwaygolf's blog
http://fairwaygolfsh...way-yururi.html

Edited by yUmaRouS, 30 October 2012 - 12:48 PM.


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Posted 30 October 2012 - 12:53 PM

Great pickup for Callaway.  Ishikawa is a huge talent and if he continues to grow he could big a huge marketing agent for them.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 01:07 PM

The article said its not confirmed(hasn't signed the deal yet) with possibly an announcement in December.   Looks like it will be for all clubs, ball, hat and clothing.  

Also stated that 7 companies were after him including Cally.  (Yonex,Nike, Bridgestone , Dunlop(Srixon), Taylor Made, and Honma.)

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 01:21 PM

View PostyUmaRouS, on 30 October 2012 - 12:45 PM, said:

View Poststevechamberland, on 30 October 2012 - 12:21 PM, said:

View PostyUmaRouS, on 30 October 2012 - 09:56 AM, said:

It is official. It is up on Yahoo! Japan headline new for sports that it is confirmed with the highest ever contact money.

Link to that news please!

Sure, if you can read Japan or do the translation yourself.
http://headlines.yah...000137-sph-golf

or fairwaygolf's blog
http://fairwaygolfsh...way-yururi.html

Thanks!


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