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Is Maxfli a DTC brand for golf balls?  

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  1. 1. Is Maxfli DTC?

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With the results of the Ball Lab quality test coming out today we have a somewhat surprising result for best quality DTC ball.  Maxfli?  I would call it a house brand for Dicks Sporting Good.  I personally see no way, shape, or form that it's considered a DTC brand, yet here it is in the winners circle.  So just curious what others think, is Maxfli DTC?

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I said yes due to the limited market for purchasing Maxfli.   I can actually buy Vice at more retail outlets than Maxfli so do we no longer consider Vice DTC?   
 

 

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I would say it is a DTC ball.  It's made by Dick's and they sell it directly to consumers.  Just because Dick's is a huge company compared to say Vice or something doesn't mean they aren't DTC.  

What's the main reason you think they don't qualify?  

 

Edit:  @cnosil makes a good point.  Since Vice is available at retail stores, they actually aren't being sold by the manufacturer "directly to the consumer".  They are being sold by a middle man just like the big brands.  Maxfli, as far as I know, is only available at Dick's and Golf Galaxy which are one and the same...

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Calling Maxfli a DTC ball, when it's sold almost exclusively at DSG or Golf Galaxy, pretty much negates the whole premise of "direct to consumer".

Tony's tweet about DTC being an OK term for Maxfli just because Snell and Vice are also available at stores doesn't really cut it, IMHO. Snell and Vice began as companies that sold direct to consumers without a presence in big box stores. Maxfli never has. Just because those two brands have expanded their reach and availability doesn't take away from the fact that they primarily sell via their own websites and offer specific deals to those who purchase directly. 

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Pretty easy answer for me: Vice and Snell's primary distribution channel is DTC, which is a classic definition of direct to consumer.  Try to buy Maxfli balls direct? Nope - you've got to go through retail outlets like Dicks/GG and others. 

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1 hour ago, cnosil said:

I said yes due to the limited market for purchasing Maxfli.   I can actually buy Vice at more retail outlets than Maxfli so do we no longer consider Vice DTC?   
 

 

I was about to vote no, but this is a great point. Vice and Cut are easier to purchase than Maxfli. There's only 1 Dick's by my house, but there's 2 Targets and a Wal-Mart that are even closer. Plus Vice is also on Amazon. 

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I think there is a lot of hair splitting going on.  What I'm hearing is that if there was a Maxfli website that you could purchase balls from then it would qualify as DTC but since that site redirects to Dick's sporting goods website, which is a major retailer, they don't qualify?  

I guess maybe my definition of DTC is different.  I interpret DTC to mean that the manufacturer sells their product directly to the consumer with out any middle man or 3rd party being involved.  It doesn't matter to me whether that sale happens primarily over the internet or in a store or if the manufacturer of the product happens to also be a retailer.  

Similarly, I still consider PXG to be a DTC brand even though they have retail locations.  

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I would say yes...and no.  I would say yes in that they are DTC because they dont have the markup that some of the more mainstream brands do and they are truly DTC in the sense that they are a DSG/GG exclusive and are a house brand.

I would say no because they arent a true DTC because the balls are manufactured for DSG/GG, then sold to DSG/GG and then sold to consumers.  Its not truly direct to consumer but its certainly far better than a lot of other brands.

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3 hours ago, ZenGolfer said:

I would say yes...and no.  I would say yes in that they are DTC because they dont have the markup that some of the more mainstream brands do and they are truly DTC in the sense that they are a DSG/GG exclusive and are a house brand.

I would say no because they arent a true DTC because the balls are manufactured for DSG/GG, then sold to DSG/GG and then sold to consumers.  Its not truly direct to consumer but its certainly far better than a lot of other brands.

If that is the criteria you're measuring by then none of the DTC brands are actually DTC.  There isn't a single one of the "mainstream" DTC companies that manufactures their own balls.  Even Taylormade doesn't yet manufacture their own balls completely as they just bought the factory that makes them for them....

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In my gut I still don't see Maxfli as a DTC brand.  It just seems like one of those situations where you just know it when you see it, but have a hard time articulating the exact why.

I really did appreciate Tony's reply on Twitter though, and from that stand point it starts to make more sense.  So maybe from a strict definition of the company selling the ball is the company responsible for it being made and it's available primarily only through their channels then it could qualify as DTC.  

I just think while it may fit the definition, it's not in the spirit of what a DTC ball company started out to be.

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15 minutes ago, hckymeyer said:

In my gut I still don't see Maxfli as a DTC brand.  It just seems like one of those situations where you just know it when you see it, but have a hard time articulating the exact why.

I do see your point and as a golfer that has been playing for a long time, Maxfli was a major golf brand so it is hard to quantify them as DTC.  It is kind of like Hogan, the company has shifted and uses different distribution channels.
 

  I haven’t checked prices but Maybe it is because if you purchase directly from the manufacturer you get more discount than if you buy from the retailers. Meaning if I buy Snell in bulk from Snell I get savings,  if I buy from Amazon no price discount.  Even though available in other places to gain exposure, we are better off buying direct.  

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54 minutes ago, cnosil said:

  I haven’t checked prices 

Maxfli Tour ball is 34.99 at Dicks - same price as Snell MTB-X. Note I've tried the Maxfli - but still prefer Snell. 

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7 minutes ago, tony@CIC said:

Maxfli Tour ball is 34.99 at Dicks - same price as Snell MTB-X. Note I've tried the Maxfli - but still prefer Snell. 

My point was the with Snell if I buy through Snell.com i get a bulk discount.  If I buy through Amazon, no bulk price discount.  I just looked and MTB-X is $49 on Amazon. Buying direct saves you money.  

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Really? First world problems to be sure. Ironically, after years using Snell MTBs exclusively I switched to Maxfli Tours this year, I could care less what you call the distribution channel...

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FWIW, Buy Maxfli at maxfli.com ( a redirect to DSG online ), get discount on multiple boxes.  
Vice, Snell, Cut, etc.  Same thing.  At this point they really are essentially the same.  

The core difference is that Maxfli prices have to cover for the retail overhead that the others do not.

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4 hours ago, Middler said:

, I could care less what you call the distribution channel...

My point was that Maxfli were in the DTC category for the 'Quality Awards' somewhat apples and oranges . I wonder if they weren't would Vice, Snell or others come in at number 1.? If the Maxfli's are that good - which I don't dispute,  they would have probably have taken 1st in a 'Value' category.  

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4 hours ago, cnosil said:

My point was the with Snell if I buy through Snell.com i get a bulk discount.  If I buy through Amazon, no bulk price discount.  I just looked and MTB-X is $49 on Amazon. Buying direct saves you money.  

$49? 😱 WTH, why would anyone buy them on Amazon.  And yes, the bulk discounts are great and the 5 packs are back again. 

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1 hour ago, tony@CIC said:

$49? 😱 WTH, why would anyone buy them on Amazon.  And yes, the bulk discounts are great and the 5 packs are back again. 

People love Amazon (and my wife gets lots of deliveries from there),  but you have to look at price as often you can find things considerably cheaper elsewhere.   

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On 11/17/2021 at 5:00 PM, tony@CIC said:

Pretty easy answer for me: Vice and Snell's primary distribution channel is DTC, which is a classic definition of direct to consumer.  Try to buy Maxfli balls direct? Nope - you've got to go through retail outlets like Dicks/GG and others. 

Recently I ordered 4 dozen Maxfli Tour yellows an$ they arrived within 2 days…..Believe that is DTC.

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1 hour ago, fozcycle said:

Recently I ordered 4 dozen Maxfli Tour yellows an$ they arrived within 2 days…..Believe that is DTC.

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19 hours ago, tony@CIC said:

Maxfli Tour ball is 34.99 at Dicks - same price as Snell MTB-X. Note I've tried the Maxfli - but still prefer Snell. 

You can buy two dozen Maxflis for $60 almost all the time. You can’t get Snell MTBs for $30/dozen even if you buy 5 dozen, and you now pay shipping for Snells - though there’s a Black Friday free shipping promo going on thru 11/29. With several Dicks and Golf Galaxy’s near me, it’s cheaper and more convenient than ordering from Snell.

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On 11/17/2021 at 1:21 PM, cnosil said:

I said yes due to the limited market for purchasing Maxfli.   I can actually buy Vice at more retail outlets than Maxfli so do we no longer consider Vice DTC?   
 

 

Same here.  I keep hoping to see another skookum deal from DSG's on the Tours but wonder if, with all the materials and inventory shortages, we've seen the last of those?

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1 hour ago, Middler said:

You can buy two dozen Maxflis for $60 almost all the time. You can’t get Snell MTBs for $30/dozen even if you buy 5 dozen, and you now pay shipping for Snells - though there’s a Black Friday free shipping promo going on thru 11/29. With several Dicks and Golf Galaxy’s near me, it’s cheaper and more convenient than ordering from Snell.

OK great.

Maxfli still isn't a DTC brand.

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2 minutes ago, ChitownM2 said:

So by your definition, Tesla would also not be a DTC brand because they have retail stores where I can go in and buy cars at?

Yep.

Snell, Vice, etc all primarily offer their product shipping directly to customers so they can get their product from the manufacturer right at their doorstep. Maxfli has to be purchased via a big box store, whether it's in person or ordering online via their website. Not sure why there's confusion over this other than deliberately trying to be argumentative. 

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I don't particularly care one way or the other, I think it's just sloppy work by the MGS crew. It would seem they meant to say, "not one of the big brands" (Cally, Titleist, TM, etc) and "DTC" is convenient short-hand. I can buy balls "direct-to-consumer" from any of the big brands too and you can even get a discount on some of them, like TM, if you subscribe. Fundamentally, for me at least, "DTC" is a business/distribution/sales strategy, not a categorization of a company.

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7 hours ago, russtopherb said:

OK great.

Maxfli still isn't a DTC brand.

Who cares? If it’s so important to you, by all means you’re right.

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7 minutes ago, Middler said:

Who cares? If it’s so important to you, by all means you’re right.

We care, hence the thread. 

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On 11/18/2021 at 6:27 PM, fozcycle said:

Recently I ordered 4 dozen Maxfli Tour yellows an$ they arrived within 2 days…..Believe that is DTC.

Whether I go to Dick's or order online, my price is the same.  So I'll say the primary distribution channel is retail.  I can order gym shorts and tennis rackets on the same order.  The entire order can be picked up locally if in stock. Doesn't seem the same as DTC golf balls, although Vice is expanding to other gear and apparently to other retail or online vendors.

But I'm ok just getting rid of the DTC label.  What does that imply in terms of the ball?  I order Pro-V's in the annual 4-4-3 sale direct.  I would never define them as DTC, but I can decide if I prefer Snell, Srixon, or Titleist, all relative to how they play and how much I am willing to pay.  And all 3 brands have been delivered to my door.

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I said it is DTC. Because we all consider Snell DTC and Vice, etc. Vice is sold at walmart for crying out loud. Maxfli is made for and sold by Dicks. Just like Snell is made for and sold by Dean. Its no different. And I would bet Snell has a store front at the headquarters too.

FTR Snell offers a great product from a great company and customer relations are fantastic there. 

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