Monday, 15 February 2010

Do Golf Club Brands Really Matter?

Now, we have all been there at school, at that age many of us are brand conscious, there is a pressure to 'fit in', 'be cool' or follow the 'cool one'. Whether it is trainers or the latest gadget.

From an increasingly early age, I think we are becoming more brand conscious.
The key question is 'does brand matter when it comes to golf?'
How does the golfing community feel about this? Is it more of a 'I am considerably richer than you' mentality or perhaps 'street cred' (maybe even a combination). Or does the brand actually make a difference to the quality of the club and thus ease of use and +ve impact on one's game.

One could assume a more expensive piece of kit is better, think of the R & D costs involved in its development. Yet in my local sports shop I have seen £20 Drivers ($30) one end and £200 ($250) the other end of the spectrum.

Crucially could two people of similar ability (i.e. consistently the same) over say 100 drives over a week (to remove anomalies) drive a ball on average the same distance and roughly in the same target zone? One using the £20 club and the other the £200 club. Such a test would produce a heroic piece of data. I hope some of you reading this will take this challenge on and please post your findings.

One thought is, a more expensive club, comes with it an entourage of marketing and branding. Psychologically I guess we feel 'better' and perhaps more confident if we consciously have a more expensive club, and that, combined with the 'street cred' , one hits a better shot as a result. Thus one might conclude the advantages of a more expensive club are psychological which in reality results in a better shot.

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1 comment:

  1. An interesting question. Perhaps having good golf equipment from the outset would encourage a sense of complacency; again,if one has cheap/dodgy equipment one would have to work hard to perform even reasonably,which longer term might be a good discipline.

    Perhaps a good trajectory for the aspiring golfer would be:

    1 Use cheap equipment while learning. Work hard at it.

    2 Switch to better equipment later on and when you know you want to pursue the game,when all the effort one has put in will come to fruition and be reflected in superior performance.

    I must say that learning to play the guitar was rather like this. Initially I used a cheap Spanish guitar; the string action was not very smooth, so required a lot of effort to master.The skin on my finger tips was sometimes raw. Ultimately,however,my fingers became stronger and I came to play chords easily (and not before time!)

    However,when I eventually switched to a Fender Stratocaster,where the string action was sublime and the tone phenomenal,the ease of playing was a real pleasure;the guitar sounded superb without any effort on my part.

    An interesting debate!


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