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Could This Bring The $400 Driver Out Of Extinction?

What will be the next REAL technological advance in drivers? No…not the type of “hype technology” we are becoming accustomed to. I mean one that will actually make golfers shell out $400-500 bucks for a driver again?

 

In my opinion the days of $400 drivers are very close to becoming extinct and the only thing that can raise them from the dead and keep them off the “Endangered Species (Drivers) List” is to actually come out with a driver that will make golfers be willing to wait in a line wrapped around a building to be able say “I got one of the 1st FILL IN THE BLANK Drivers! You know…the feeling Steve Jobs creates every time he launches a new iPhone…like the new iPhone 4 which just launched that had some buyers waiting in lines for over 10 hours to be able to snag one of the first new gadgets.

 

 

 

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This is pretty interesting, but to answer the question posted in the article: No, I would not wait in line for this nor would I pay $400 for it. There's no club (other than the putter) that I would pay $400 for...probably not even $300. I think a lot of people might wonder if jamming a computer chip and pressure sensitive panel would not take away from the performance of the club. Also, would this club be legal to use during play? On the range this could be fun for measuring swing speed, checking contact, etc, but I definitely wouldn't be spending serious money on it. If I want to know my swing speed, there are plenty of golf stores with launch monitors that I can use for free. If I want to know about my contact, I can use impact tape.

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While I understand that you can use swing speed monitors and impact tape why would you want to have three devices when you could have one that did it all...they are saying they will have many other features in the future.

 

Just curious Matt...the evolution of products that tend to work well for the consumer are often times those that can replace many other items inside one invention.

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I can see it now... a guy on a tee box with one of these. Another guy hiding in the bushes with a little black box with 4 antennas... gigglin his keester off while the guy on the tee scratches his head. :lol:

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I think this would be a great idea. It would probably have me waiting in line wrapped around the corner of my local golf shop. What are the chances that will be USGA approved? Nevertheless, I would love to see this type of a product come out.

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With golf drivers no matter how fancy they get, the max price OEM's will charge for drivers (barring major inflation) is $400, which is what they charge now. I guess i am trying to say that I just wouldn't pay extra for it. Most drivers are already $300-$400 anyway, so that would not be a huge price to pay.

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While I understand that you can use swing speed monitors and impact tape why would you want to have three devices when you could have one that did it all...they are saying they will have many other features in the future.

 

Just curious Matt...the evolution of products that tend to work well for the consumer are often times those that can replace many other items inside one invention.

 

That's a fair point, and for some people there would be value in having 1 device that could do those 2 things. I guess the bigger/better point is this: I know what my swing speed is, generally speaking. I don't really care what it is from swing to swing. I know, based on feel, where the ball hit the face, so I don't really need tape or a computer for that.

 

If there are more features coming down the road, I'm all ears.

 

I hope my tone in my first post, and in this one, is not taken as being negative or rude - that's not my intent. I always appreciate the info that I get here at MGS, and I appreciate the OEMs pushing the envelope and giving us new options. I was simply trying to explain why this particular idea doesn't push my "Gotta have it" button.

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I have to believe that Idea comes from Adams... Dixx Putters and all.....

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Marketing is the reason drivers got to $400, not results. The only way to get more $$ out of drivers is to romanticize a whiz bang shaft with the latest tech head. But in this economy, $200-300 is going to be your bread and butter.

You'll always have a handful of first adapters, who want the latest tech first and have the coin to indulge themselves.

$100 worth of lessons is the only investment that quickly improved my game. I'm pretty sure it's the only thing that will get me back to single digits, along with the time to practice. We pop for new equipment because of tech and because it's fun to gain a couple yards off the tee and putt better. But my biggest club gains were had by getting fitted for irons, not a particular brand. I'll pay more for forged clubs, but not a lot more.

I think we often buy new tech hoping it allows us a short cut to maintaining our game when our lives don't allow for the time to work at our game. Kind of like buying an "A" game with only "B" or "C" time and effort. Good marketing departments attempt to convince us that it's possible.

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Trust me SprinklerHead... if they come out with a technology that is worthy people will once again line up to pay $400 for a driver.

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Technology is inescapable. I imagine someone like MSat was holding forth on the idea of a cell phone 20 years ago saying "who needs that? They're big and bulky and I'm not paying for it!"

 

This is the type of technology that we really probably can't fully grasp the ramifications of right now, and how it could change the way we not necessarily play the game, but the way we learn the game, and the way we think about the golf swing. The time will come (quicker than you think) where you won't be able to find a club without a sensor in it, and soon enough we'll be downloading EVERY SWING into our computers and finding out exactly why it is that we're hitting a 30' duck hook!

 

Chips in drivers, sensors on clubs that wirelessly connect to GPS units?! Incredible stuff. Now imagine a tiny accelerometer in a golf ball.

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Technology is inescapable. I imagine someone like MSat was holding forth on the idea of a cell phone 20 years ago saying "who needs that? They're big and bulky and I'm not paying for it!"

 

This is the type of technology that we really probably can't fully grasp the ramifications of right now, and how it could change the way we not necessarily play the game, but the way we learn the game, and the way we think about the golf swing. The time will come (quicker than you think) where you won't be able to find a club without a sensor in it, and soon enough we'll be downloading EVERY SWING into our computers and finding out exactly why it is that we're hitting a 30' duck hook!

 

Chips in drivers, sensors on clubs that wirelessly connect to GPS units?! Incredible stuff. Now imagine a tiny accelerometer in a golf ball.

 

Resident luddite, checking in. :blink:

 

For the record, I was all systems go on cell phones - my dad had one of those car phones that you bolted to your cars floor back in the late 80's and I loved it.

 

I agree with one thing you said, and I mentioned it myself: that we (or at least I) don't know how this tech could be used. If there's more to come than swing speed and where you hit the ball, bring it on. If it could show me my swing path and face angle at impact, then I would be all for it - that would be a very powerful practice/teaching tool that I would love to have.

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Dont sweat it Matt I did not think your comment to be negative or rude at all. That is one thing I hope we can change on this forum compared to others.

 

People sometimes feel bad about speaking their minds on forums for the fear they will get booted or something...so they are trained to apologize everytime they actually say exactly what they are thinking. I welcome all your true honest opinions...just expect to get mine back :D

 

Honestly I love to hear how all you feel about the things I write...that is what the site is all about.

 

That's a fair point, and for some people there would be value in having 1 device that could do those 2 things. I guess the bigger/better point is this: I know what my swing speed is, generally speaking. I don't really care what it is from swing to swing. I know, based on feel, where the ball hit the face, so I don't really need tape or a computer for that.

 

If there are more features coming down the road, I'm all ears.

 

I hope my tone in my first post, and in this one, is not taken as being negative or rude - that's not my intent. I always appreciate the info that I get here at MGS, and I appreciate the OEMs pushing the envelope and giving us new options. I was simply trying to explain why this particular idea doesn't push my "Gotta have it" button.

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Can it be programmed to always hit the ball where we want it to?

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So who's the company?

 

It's a good idea, but I don't like the shape of the head at all.

 

How about a ball with a chip in it that did the same thing, told you speed, spin, distance and a gps so you can find it, not asking too much.....

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It would be very cool to have a file generated while playing that could be reviewed after. Seamless incorporation of technology. Someone out there will go mental and have to have the numbers every shot, even practice shots, but that is just how it it. Bring it on.

 

Matt can probably get his persimmon model custom made to spec. :rolleyes:

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This would be a flash in the pan idea that would not last long. I had an iphone that was loaded with apps I thought I wanted but after using them one or two times never used them again. I pretty much can tell if I got a ball in the sweet spot or not.

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