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U-try brings the “try-and-buy” model to online golf retail

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Global Value Commerce has rolled out U-try, the golf industry’s first exclusively online club trial program.

Golfers can test new drivers and fairway woods from Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, TaylorMade, and Titleist. After selecting up to two clubs via the Global Golf website, paying a $25 trial fee per item, participants receive the club(s).

Within 14 days, customers either keep the club(s) and pay the current list price–less the trial fee–or return them with a prepaid shipping label. The program is currently limited to drivers and fairway woods, but hybrids, iron sets and additional brands will be offered by late spring.

“Buying golf equipment is a significant investment…with U-try we’ve created a risk-free opportunity for our customers to spend time with new clubs and determine what is right for them,” says Ed Byman, CEO of GVC.

As a bonus, each U-try driver includes a complimentary Arccos Driver unit.

Based on some questions in this the forum thread about the U-try Program, GVC have put together these answers to GolfWRX members’ most frequent questions.

Brands Currently Available:

Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, Mizuno, TaylorMade, Titleist, XXIO

Are these clubs new or demo clubs?

Every club in the U-try program is new. Once a club is trialed as part of the program, it is taken out of the rotation. No club is sent to multiple customers as part of the U-try program.

Can you test different shaft options?

If you’d like to test different shafts for a particular model, you would need to order two U-try clubs, and select the different shafts (if available) when you configure your selections.

What is the cost for damaged clubs?

U-Try clubs are meant to be used; however, if clubs are returned with damage beyond normal wear and tear, but are still capable of being repaired by our in-house repair team, we will notify you via email and we will charge your credit card for these repairs according to the repair charge structure below:

Damage Description Repair Required Charge per 
Damaged Club
Excessive wear or damage to grips Grip Replacement $2
Damaged shaft Shaft Replacement $30
Shaft separated from clubhead Shaft Repair $10
Ferrule damaged/replacement Shaft Repair $10
Incorrect shaft and/or shaft adapter Shaft Repair $10
Rattle in clubhead Clubhead Rattle Repair $10

Do I have to return the Arccos Driver Sensor that come with my trial club?

Customers can keep the Arccos Driver sensor free of charge, even if they choose to return the club it was sent with. (Arccos Driver retails for $29.99, so this covers the $25 trial fee and then some).

See what GolfWRX members are saying about U-try in the forums.

 

 

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  1. Carol Cardinale

    Apr 20, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Wish you had more available for women. I need a Taylor Made M4 high loft, at least 12.

  2. Rich Douglas

    Mar 11, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    I clicked “like,” but I think it’s a silly idea. Not from the company’s perspective–I hope they make a mint. But the worst clubfitter in the world is you. Yes, you.

    Go to a professional and get fit. All this trial-and-error–all that club-chasing–gets you nowhere. (Except off to Golf Galaxy to buy the latest thing–that doesn’t fit you either.)

    It’s not the bow-and-arrow, it’s the archer. Still, a great archer needs equipment fit for his/her particular game. Go get fit.

  3. bill

    Mar 10, 2018 at 11:38 am

    So desperate now they are trying to give them away… but at MRSP.

  4. Birdswing Golfer

    Mar 10, 2018 at 4:39 am

    Woohoo! all new drivers $25 each all mysteriously go missing in return shipping

    Wonder if you can U-try some aftermarket shafts too!

    Ha, great Idea but it won’t work

  5. Birdswing Golfer

    Mar 10, 2018 at 4:38 am

    Woohoo! all new drivers $25 each all mysteriously go missing in return shipping

    Wonder if you can U-try some aftermarket shafts too!

    Ha, great Idea but it won’t work

  6. Mr. Replier Guy

    Mar 9, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    What about skymarks and/or dents?
    Where will the discounted, already hit drivers show up?

  7. cinch bugs

    Mar 9, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    and where’s the catch…

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Callaway announces huge all-stock merger deal with Topgolf

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Callaway Golf has announced an all-stock merger agreement with TopGolf with the number of shares to be issued based upon an implied equity value of Topgolf of approximately $2 billion – including the 14% already owned by Callaway.

Callaway first invested in the golf entertainment company, Topgolf, back in 2006 entering an exclusive golf partnership agreement at all Topgolf venues.

 

On the new deal expected to be completed in early 2021, Chip Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Callaway said that the all-stock merger between the two can create “an unrivaled golf and entertainment business”.

“Together, Callaway and Topgolf create an unrivaled golf and entertainment business. This combination unites proven leaders with a shared passion for delivering exceptional golf experiences for all from elite touring professionals to new and aspiring entrants to the game. We’ve long seen the value in Topgolf and we are confident that together, we can create a larger, higher growth, technology-enabled global golf and entertainment leader.”

Under the terms of the merger agreement, Callaway will issue approximately 90 million shares of its common stock to the shareholders of Topgolf, excluding Callaway, which currently holds approximately 14% of Topgolf’s outstanding shares. Upon completion of the merger, Callaway shareholders will own approximately 51.5%, and Topgolf shareholders (excluding Callaway) will own about 48.5% of the combined company on a fully diluted basis.

Topgolf’s revenue for 2019 was approximately $1.1 billion, and the company currently has 63 locations worldwide, including 58 in the U.S., and has more than 23 million customers. Find out all about Topgolf here.

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What irons are left-handers playing? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our lefty members have been dishing on the irons currently in their bag. WRXer ‘1221’ is in the market for a new set and wants to see what other left-handers have been finding success with, and our members have been sharing their clubs in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • dclccoritti: “Titleist…all blades. Love the look of the new TM P7-CB’s.”
  • LeftyMatt24: “I’m in T100s bent weak. They are an awesome middle ground between blades and players. Titleist offers their full line in left and right-handed. The new SEL from Mizuno is a good option. Can’t go wrong with Srixon z785 either.”
  • The_Champ: “Ping Blueprint.”
  • Llefty: “Srixon 585 3-PW and Bridgestone JGR Tour B HF2 5-AW.”

Entire Thread: “What irons are left-handers playing?

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Whats in the Bag

Ryan Palmer WITB (October 2020)

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  • Thanks to Ryan Palmer for the photos!

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (9 degrees, upright setting)
Shaft: Project X HZURDUS Smoke RDX USA Limited Edition 60 6.5

3-wood: TaylorMade Sim MAX (@15.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZURDUS Smoke Green “Hulk” 70 6.5

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (19 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZURDUS Smoke RDX 80 6.5

Irons: Srixon U85 (23), Srixon Z 785 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Elevate VSS Pro X (4), KBS Tour 130 X (5-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (50-08F, 56-10S, 60-04L)
Shafts: KBS Tour 130 X (50) KBS Tour 120 S (56,60)

Putter: Odyssey Rossie II
Grip: Flat Cat

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x (‘21)

 

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