Since becoming a member here and starting module 1 and starting the new hobby of classic club collecting…everything I have ever believed about technology, marketing and the world of big business has been turned on it’s head.
A bit about me:
I’m a typical 34 year old Australian with a young family, a “keep up with the Jones’” McMansion and two leased cars. I work longish hours in a job I’m not the most passionate about. I took up playing golf in April of 2006 and since then have owned the following clubs, 1) Shark (Proline) beginners package with a Wilson Hybrid that I couldn’t even hit but paid extra for just because everyone else had a Hybrid. 2) Nike NDS irons with graphite stiff shafts purchased off the shelf which I sold when I found that some of the shafts were regular and others were Senior. 3) Precept something or other package which included 3 woods, 2 hybrids, etc. etc. (this set last 18 holes). 4) Wilson Staff Di7 which I only went into so that I could get out of the Precepts. 5) TaylorMade R7 which had paint flaking off the cavities after only 9 holes. TaylorMade wouldn’t repair or replace under warranty but the retail shop offerd me a set of TaylorMade Tour Burners instead for a small up charge. 6) TaylorMade Tour Burners which again had paint flaking off the cavities, and I’m not talking about fakes here. I was able to sell these and buy a used set of TaylorMade 09 Burners for a couple of hunderd extra dollars - these Burners are set number 7 and I purchased them about a month before I discovered this forum.
After all of the above and not to mention quite a few different Drivers, Hybrids, Putters and GW/LW had my ball striking, game or scores improved? NO. Even though I had forked out hunderds for lessons with 4 different pros. You know the ones, “oops time is up see you next week” “but, but, I didn’t quite get that last thing you told me” “too bad time is up, see you next week”.
I had a TaylorMade hat. I had a TaylorMade bag. I had a TaylorMade glove. I had TaylorMade balls and an Adidas towel. Ohhhhhh I was a real golfer wasn’t I. BULLSHIT!!!
I’m so thankful to Pipp for putting me on to this forum. I’ so thankful to John for taking the time to put together a course to help a hacker like me who lives on the otherside of the world and a total stranger too. How good is it that I have a coach at my disposal pretty much 24/7. Send him an email, question answered. Send him a video, form crqitiqued. However I’m mostly thankful for the good members on this forun who have opened my eyes up to how I have been sucked into the marketing crap by the big OEM’s, the mdeia and big business in general. I feel like Neo in the Matrix when he wakes up in the real world. Since 2006 I must have spent $6k or more on golf equipment when now I’m more than happy playing (and well) with 30 year old clubs worth no more than $100. Gee I could have put that $5900 to so many other things.
So right now I’m in the process of selling my Hybrid, LW and Burner irons. I’ll keep the TaylorMade standbag until it dies because I don’t want to spend $$$ on a new bag right now but my next bag will not have an ugly TaylorMade logo all over it that’s for sure, however my TaylorMade hat has alrady gone to charity. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders (too dramatic?).
Even my motives for playing this game have changed. I used to seek out the wide fairways and huge greens of resort courses and pay $100 a round for the pleasure to drive around it…and still come home frustrated because of a crap score. Now I’m happier walking my local council course that was built in the 50’s with narrow tree lined fairways and small, elevated greens…for around $30. The score is no longer of consequence to me (at the moment anyway) and I simply enjoy chasing that feel of “flush” from one of my muscle backed long irons
All of this has made me question other aspects of my life…do I want to live in a house with no character in a street that looks like every other street in the McMansion suburbia of North Western Sydney? Do I really want to eat burgers with plastic for cheese and fast food in general that is so far removed from food that you can’t even call it food? Tell me, why do I need a freakin Sat Nav??? Seriously, where do I go that I don’t know how to get to. Do I really need to be told by yet another person (in this case the pre-recorded voice of the NavMan) what to do? Don’t I get told what to do and how to do it enough already.
As a society though we have gone too far. So I’m making stand starting with golf…I will no longer pay $38 to buy a hat that advertises TaylorMade. They couldn’t even supply me with a set of irons without the cavity medallions falling out, real quality clubs they are. It’s amazing how some 34 year old forged clubs look newer than most 6 month old cast ones.
Sorry about this post, I had a bit of a deep and meaningful with myself this weekend and this is the result.