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Have any forum members considered recently or otherwise: To only buy (or start buying) equipment made in America or sourced from friendly - responsible - trading partners? I'll lead off...

My answer is Yes! Keep in mind that heads, shafts, grips, etc might only be "assembled" in America and probably are. So where do all the various components for your clubs come from? Does it matter to you? It does to me and going forward I'll be looking at my options. For example my putter is made in America/Texas by Edel. Everything else including my bag is probably sourced elsewhere. Ok... I think titleist and bridgestone balls are made in America. Aren't Sub7 for example made entirely in the USA? What others are there?

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As much as I'm for supporting US manufacturing, I'd never use that as a basis for making purchase decisions - not for golf at least. That said, I do love the fact that my Bridgestone golf balls are made in the USA!

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I wouldn’t exclusively buy made in America but do support and purchase things made here.

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I try to support made in America when it makes sense.  Its not practical or realistic for all things though.  I think that a lot of people who preach about buying made in the USA also have no problem doing things like buying cheap meat at Wal-Mart instead of shopping small and shopping local.

IMO, a lot look at where their hard goods come from but dont consider so much buying from local butcher shops or farmer's markets, nor do they look at buying their foods from sources that are ethical, humane or sustainable.

When it comes to golf, I like supporting made in USA when I can, although its getting to be harder and harder.  Im now to the point where I like trying to support golf companies that are based in the US at least.  For me, that means trying to support companies like Callaway and Ping when possible, although Mizuno and Bridgestone have a huge prescence and operations in the US, even though they are Japanese companies.

As someone who works for Honda and has loved Japanese cars for the past 35 years, I know all about how much Japanese companies have invested in building their products here in the US.

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Will do as much made in America as possible but with golf that’s pretty hard. Most products are manufactured overseas and shipped here.

ive always played titleist with some other brands mixed in here and there so that won’t be a problem

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I don't believe there's a titanium smelter/foundry in the US so good luck.

At least Titleist, Callaway, and Bridgestone have their ball plants in America.

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While I'm a big supporter of USA made products, there occasionally is a quandary. For instance let's say you just went through a fitting and hands down offshore made products came in at the top of the list for dispersion and distance. The lone USA product was a distant last. Which do you buy given the price is the same?




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29 minutes ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

Most products are manufactured overseas and shipped here.

Oh, I guess overseas means places like England, Switzerland or Spain. Places like that? I've heard that's where most of the golf equipment is made. Well... perhaps Callaway, Cobra, Ping , and other US based companies will bring their Mfg. back to the US where it should be. Might cost a little more but it'd be worth it. Right? And think of all the new jobs created. That'd be good too.

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Interesting topic. I can honestly say I've really never giver a thought as to where things were made, I was always looking at what was the best for my game. With this virus thing going on it may be time to do some research.....When looking for new clubs last year I did go with Ping due to the fact that they're in Arizona and their customer service is excellent. 

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1 hour ago, PlaidJacket said:

 

Oh, I guess overseas means places like England, Switzerland or Spain. Places like that? I've heard that's where most of the golf equipment is made. Well... perhaps Callaway, Cobra, Ping , and other US based companies will bring their Mfg. back to the US where it should be. Might cost a little more but it'd be worth it. Right? And think of all the new jobs created. That'd be good too.

It’s not as easy as that. They need to find place to manufacturer the clubs, transfer the molds from overseas, then convince shaft companies to do the same, train, hire staff to do the work. 
 

As much as I would like to see it the undertaking by a company to do it is a lot. We see people on here and other forums or social media complaining about the price of clubs. Imagine the cheapest clubs being $1200-1300. How many brands would lose business. 

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Don’t even get me started on this topic but yes, I will pay a lot of attention as to where products are made moving forward.


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Probably not going to go out if my way to do so. If it is then it’s a plus

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There are smaller companies that are looking at sourcing parts in the country. Groove it brush is a vet owned company that currently sources in China but are looking at moving here. There was another small company I saw that was doing the same but don’t recall who it was.

Ive seen other companies in the fitness realm looking to source here. 

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14 hours ago, PlaidJacket said:

 

Oh, I guess overseas means places like England, Switzerland or Spain. Places like that? I've heard that's where most of the golf equipment is made. Well... perhaps Callaway, Cobra, Ping , and other US based companies will bring their Mfg. back to the US where it should be. Might cost a little more but it'd be worth it. Right? And think of all the new jobs created. That'd be good too.

I'd be all for US companies bringing manufacturing back to the states - who knows, it may even be possible after seeing the disruptions caused by COVID. But... it's going to require changes in expectations - either what consumers are willing to pay, or what workers are willing to earn. Either way, there are numerous other pieces to the puzzle that will impede any progress (i.e. if workers are going to earn less, then how will that impact their ability to afford housing and food among other essentials? If consumers pay more, how will that impact consumer demand and will there even be enough interest to keep operations running?). These are just the things I could quickly think of off the top of my head - many, many other things to be considered.

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32 minutes ago, TR1PTIK said:

I'd be all for US companies bringing manufacturing back to the states - who knows, it may even be possible after seeing the disruptions caused by COVID. But... it's going to require changes in expectations - either what consumers are willing to pay, or what workers are willing to earn. Either way, there are numerous other pieces to the puzzle that will impede any progress (i.e. if workers are going to earn less, then how will that impact their ability to afford housing and food among other essentials? If consumers pay more, how will that impact consumer demand and will there even be enough interest to keep operations running?). These are just the things I could quickly think of off the top of my head - many, many other things to be considered.

Lots of unknowns when starting fresh in a new place. The cost of moving the machinery here is probably as expensive as making it all new plus the disruption in product while the relocation occurs will impact everything. 

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I’d be willing to pay a little more if companies would simply NOT produce in Communist/Dictatorial countries. Hundreds of other locations are feasible without helping these governments.


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13 hours ago, Wedgie said:

Don’t even get me started on this topic but yes, I will pay a lot of attention as to where products are made moving forward.


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I think we all will. BTW don't look at the content of your car and where the products were made AND assembled. For instance a lot of connectors are made here (re: Dephi0 but shipped to China where they are assembled onto a wire harness and then shipped back to be installed in your car. 

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17 hours ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

Will do as much made in America as possible but with golf that’s pretty hard. Most products are manufactured overseas and shipped here.

ive always played titleist with some other brands mixed in here and there so that won’t be a problem

That's my understanding too, little is made here anymore outside $$$$ boutique products. All else equal I'd buy American, with almost any product. But in reality that doesn't happen often, I often have one clear favorite vs two equals, certainly when it comes to golf equipment. FWIW my putter is made in the US, but it's the only club in my bag, and I didn't choose based on where it was made.

I would love to play ProV1's exclusively, but the premium is just too much, and those aren't all made in the USA anymore anyway (some from Plant 4 Thailand). Are there any golf balls made exclusively in the US anymore?

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4 minutes ago, Middler said:

That's my understanding too, little is made here anymore outside $$$$ boutique products. All else equal I'd buy American, but I doubt that could really happen - I almost always have one clear favorite vs two equals. FWIW my putter is made in the US, but it's the only club in my bag, and I didn't choose based on where it was made.

I would love to play ProV1's exclusively, but the premium is just too much, and those aren't all made in the USA anymore anyway. Are there any golf balls made exclusively in the US anymore?

Bridgestone makes their balls in USA. Callaway supposedly does. For the Prov1 they do have a non US plant but And it’s not in China, that is to help with inventory and distribution. You can look at the box and see where they were made if you buy in store. I buy my prov1s during the loyalty offer and since they are also personalized they come from the US

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