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Rumor shot down!! Callaway Harry sets the golf world straight! Callaway lays off 45 Staffers!!!


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#1 Princeton TN

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:09 PM

Sources say that Callaway has laid off or dissolved their relationship with a total of 45 staffers from the PGA, Web.com and LPGA Tours....

Can we get confirmation of this from our resident Callaway Exec?

Ryan Ballengee@RyanBallengee
A source indicates Callaway Golf laid off approximately 45 staffers this afternoon.

Ryan is managing Editor of Back9network.com


It is exactly this type of thing that causes me to LOVE This Site so much! You hear something and want to know whats going on, all you have to do is ask!!!

Thanks to Callaway_Harry for the clarification, as open and transparent as he is, there should never be a reason for not having your story straight, especially when the Horse doesn;t dodge any questions!

Edited by Princeton TN, 09 November 2012 - 06:18 PM.


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Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:12 PM

Lets pump the thread so we can get an answer from the Horses Mouth hopefully!!!

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:15 PM

Funny, a few weeks ago, a poster in the original Callaway thread said that a move like this was coming.  He was told, flat out, that it was NOT true.  Interested to see the spin on this now!

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:21 PM

If they aren't in the winners circle or on TV whats the point of carrying a crazy amount of staffers?  Quality is better then quantity IMO.
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:22 PM

Where is Harry with the clarification?


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Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:23 PM

View PostJ13, on 09 November 2012 - 05:21 PM, said:

If they aren't in the winners circle or on TV whats the point of carrying a crazy amount of staffers?  Quality is better then quantity IMO.

You have to start out somewhere! Everyone that plays on the tour or tours, starts out without a win!!! and you can only have what 35 winners a year, with over 144 most weeks trying to get wins, there are a lot of guys that fail to win each year!

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:24 PM

"lay off" or not offer contracts to players that they wish not to carry? The other post was regarding Euro tour players and their Euro sales staff wasn't it?

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:25 PM

TheMoneyShot Thats what I was hoping for!!!
Come on Harry, talk to us Harry!!!

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:26 PM

View PostTheMoneyShot, on 09 November 2012 - 05:22 PM, said:

Where is Harry with the clarification?

:lol: This thread's been up for 15 minutes...give the guy a chance.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:27 PM

Staffers are not employees so this thread fails as a general proposition.


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Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:28 PM

View PostRiuzzi, on 09 November 2012 - 05:26 PM, said:

View PostTheMoneyShot, on 09 November 2012 - 05:22 PM, said:

Where is Harry with the clarification?

:lol: This thread's been up for 15 minutes...give the guy a chance.

I'm use to him being quick draw McGraw on here my man....

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:32 PM

View PostHateTheHighDraw, on 09 November 2012 - 05:27 PM, said:

Staffers are not employees so this thread fails as a general proposition.

they would be on contract!!!

Harry is uaually Johnny on the Spot!!!

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:35 PM

Absolutely not true. Using info about winding down upro and other streamlining of our operations as a way to spread rumors about Callaway.

The journalist who "broke" this story did not attempt to ask anybody from here if it were true or what was the real story.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:38 PM

View PostCallaway_HarryA, on 09 November 2012 - 05:35 PM, said:

Absolutely not true. Using info about winding down upro and other streamlining of our operations as a way to spread rumors about Callaway.

The journalist who "broke" this story did not attempt to ask anybody from here if it were true or what was the real story.
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:41 PM

View PostCallaway_HarryA, on 09 November 2012 - 05:35 PM, said:

Absolutely not true. Using info about winding down upro and other streamlining of our operations as a way to spread rumors about Callaway.

The journalist who "broke" this story did not attempt to ask anybody from here if it were true or what was the real story.
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:46 PM

View PostJ13, on 09 November 2012 - 05:21 PM, said:

If they aren't in the winners circle or on TV whats the point of carrying a crazy amount of staffers?  Quality is better then quantity IMO.

No. Wrong. That's why Callaway is in the mess they are in. They went high-dollar quality over buying the whole field. It's why everyone is playing a white driver instead of a square one.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:48 PM

"and other streamlining of our operations"

So this isn't corporate speak for "layoffs?" I mean, companies have to do it, and when it's needed, it's needed, but don't be disingenuous about it.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:52 PM

thank you Harry!!!!
THats why I love this Site and Harry you get mad respect from me!!!!!!!

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:06 PM

wouldmbe a bit wierd considering they just contracted Ryo

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:16 PM

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:17 PM

Good communication on Callaway's part.  This is why I love this site and am a fan of Callaway.
I mean, I like golf balls
but not that much.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:25 PM

Just to put a bow on this. The rumor that was spread was that we had a layoff today and that it affected our PGA professional and Pro tour staffs, which is absolutely not true.

We did have a streamlining of some of our operations about 10 days ago that touched a few different areas. Departments in Carlsbad and Canada were impacted but no changes were made in our Tour or Pro Tour areas.

I just wanted to make that clear.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:41 PM

View PostCallaway_HarryA, on 09 November 2012 - 05:35 PM, said:

Using info about winding down upro


What does this mean? Is my upro history?
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:54 PM

Harry is a breath of fresh air. I was a Callaway staffer a couple years ago and while I couldn't quote get the products to work for my game they were amazing to me. Just a wonderful bunch of people. They treat you right. Nothing but praise.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:47 PM

View PostCwing, on 09 November 2012 - 06:41 PM, said:

View PostCallaway_HarryA, on 09 November 2012 - 05:35 PM, said:

Using info about winding down upro


What does this mean? Is my upro history?

No. Just not doing any direct development on this one. In our earnings call a few weeks ago we talked about this pretty directly. Looking for 3rd party partners rather than going at it alone.


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Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:22 PM

You cant ask for it any better! There is something to be said for an OEM that you can question at 5:00pm on a Friday and have an answer by 5:20pm... No spin here, just a business making business choices. When I read the tweet I thought man this will get major pub! Because I have a few friends that are staffers, I wanted to know the answer and Harry delivered the goods, as always!
As an FYI, I dont know Harry personally, and I dont currently play Callaway, although I used to...

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:37 PM

This had to be false as Callaway didn't have 45 staffers to begin with.
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:50 PM

Harry, Would a smaller android and Apple GPS producer not jump at the chance of teaming up on the UPro. There are a couple of the lesser names there who produce very nice products but are behind in the market share.

If you go with my idea, i want a nice set of X Forged :rtfm:

Edited by bunter101, 09 November 2012 - 08:51 PM.


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Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:52 PM

View Postrafal, on 09 November 2012 - 08:37 PM, said:

This had to be false as Callaway didn't have 45 staffers to begin with.

oooooh so sorry


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Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:54 PM

View PostVindog, on 09 November 2012 - 08:52 PM, said:

View Postrafal, on 09 November 2012 - 08:37 PM, said:

This had to be false as Callaway didn't have 45 staffers to begin with.

oooooh so sorry



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