April 2022 Industry Report

The debate continues if golf’s robust increase in rounds is unsustainable as the economy normalizes. While winter is the slowest time of the year for most private clubs nationwide (with Florida, Arizona and parts of California being the exception) statistics for January and February do little to calm nerves. According to the National Golf Foundation, rounds played in January were down 12.1% (over last year). In February, rounds played were up 13% (over last year). Thus, we are basically flat in rounds played entering the spring golf season.

Phil Mickelson Comments

You have likely heard about the incendiary words Phil Mickelson shared regarding the new professional tour bankrolled by Saudi government. While many agree with his viewpoint, there was an equally strong counter response. For you to decide…“They are scary motherfuckers to get involved with. We know they killed Khashoggi and have a horrible record on human rights. They execute people over there for being gay. Knowing all of this, why would I even consider it? Because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape how the PGA Tour operates. They’ve been able to get by with manipulative, coercive strong-arm tactics because we, the players, had no recourse.” – Phil Mickelson

History of Golf Balls

Nine out of every ten premium priced golf balls are still manufactured in America (Titleist and Callaway in Massachusetts, TaylorMade in South Carolina, and Bridgestone in Georgia). Golf balls on the lower end of pricing have a surlyn ionomer covering. These balls last longer and are less prone to scuff marks on them. Balls at the higher end of pricing have a urethane cover and are softer than balls made of surlyn ionomer. The urethane grips the grooves of your club and generates more spin.