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2017 Serious Golfer Shopping & Purchasing Habits


The Shifting Retail Markets for Equipment and Apparel

Have you ever wondered where serious golfers shop? Where they buy their golf balls?  Their drivers?  Their irons?  Their golf shoes, gloves or golf apparel?  The seventh installment of Golf Datatech’s Serious Golfer Shopping and Purchasing Habits study expands and builds upon prior Channel Segmentation Studies completed in 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. 

By tracking and identifying key channel trends in shopping and purchasing behavior, this expansive study provides the golf industry with unique, actionable insights into the opinions and attitudes of these critical consumers of golf equipment.

Over twenty-five hundred serious golfers responded to this in-depth research study.  Respondents had an average age of 50 years old, played an average of 68 rounds of golf per year, a mean handicap of 14, and a mean household income of over $149,000. The respondents to this study are not intended to represent the total golfing population, but are indicative of how serious golfers, those who play and buy the most, typically behave.  While one in five respondents playing most of his or her golf at a Private course, the remainder plays most often at Public facilities (Public, Semi-Private and Resort).

The study analyzes the shopping and purchase patterns of serious golfers in ten retail channels, including Mass Merchants, Wholesale Cubs, Catalogs, Sporting Goods Stores, Online Golf Retailers, Online Auctions, Other Online Retailers such as Amazon, Custom Club Fitting Specialists as well as the traditional On and Off Course channels. Specific questions were asked about purchase habits of golf balls, iron sets, drivers, golf shoes, gloves and golf apparel. Data was also collected and analyzed by key brand and price point within these channels. Further depth of analysis is included thru cross tabs, including: handicap, gender, region, pricing points to name a few.

Report Index

  • Methodology
  • Overview & Executive Summary
  • Demographics– Gender, Age, Annual Rounds Played, Years Played, Handicap, Facility, Household Income
  • Research Results– Shopping Frequency by Product Category, Shopping & Spending Habits, Attitudes & Purchase Habits of Pre-Owned Products, Attitudes about Retail Channels & Retail Shopping Patterns
  • Specific Product Categories Covered- Golf Balls, Irons, Drivers, Golf Shoes, Golf Apparel and Golf Gloves
  • Cross Tabs– Handicap, Gender, Facility Played Most, Geographic Regions,  Alpha Consumers, Price Points and Online Shopping Habits

    If you want to know where serious golfers shop and purchase golf products this comprehensive study, with 556 pages, will tell you.

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