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Was thinking, now that Golfsmith is gone and DSG and Golf Galaxy are one and they mainly cover the popular brands. Ping, TM, Titleist, Callaway. I loved the many choices golfsmith provided outside of the major, oems - like Tour Edge, Cobra, Cleveland, Srixon, Mizuno, Wilson and more. Plus they had sleeves of balls, too. It's a shame.

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Well for the major OEM brands you miss PGA SS carries most of those. I miss the Snake Eyes brand clothing for their inexpensive layering pieces for winter/cold weather golf.

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I miss my Golfsmith store in Novi, MI.

 

I have replaced that void with the Golf Galaxy in Troy and the Golf Galaxy in Utica.

 

Of course there is Carls Golfland in Plymouth and Bloomfield Hills

 

And Miles of Golf

 

And some smatterings of Pro Golf Stores

 

And theres the Royal Oak Golf Center where my buddy Don can build and tweak equipment

 

And the golf sections at the 12 Dicks Sporting Goods locations

 

And my pro shop

 

 

 

 

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eBay and other online stores cover all I need. I never bought much in store unless there was a good sale anyway.

“I think getting advice from guys who are sitting at the computer in their underwear while taking a break from porn is a very solid way to choose clubs.” - bluedot
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I miss them for club building material..... epoxy and such. I bought a case of 30/60 epoxy when they were liquidating

Ping G400LST 8.5 TPT 14 LKP LT LW Proto
Ping G400 14.5 Tensei Pro Orange 80 TX
Mizuno JPX919 Forged 4i SuperPeening Blue X
Mizuno JPX 919 Tours5-PW Super Peening Blue X
Vokey SM7 raw 52, 56, 60 DGTI-s400
Byron Morgan Proto DH89
Pro V1
Jones Utility Trouper-Carry
Ogio Silencer Alphard E-wheels

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If they still existed I would literally chose them 90% of the time over GG.

 

Their main store was less than a mile from GG’s main store here in Columbus.

 

I went to Golfsmith quite regularly. I only went to GG a few times a year to see if they had anything I couldn’t find at Golfsmith.

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Was fortunate enough to visit their Austin, TX HQ way back in the 70's - they had everything that you needed to do club building and/or repair.

 

Was great, being able to walk around their entire facility, which, at the time, was considered massive, but paled in comparison to what they became as time went on.

 

Yes - I do miss them, because they seemed to get most everything that they did "right" - except, how to continue their business practices as they grew.

 

It is a task - dealing with success.....

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My GS was bought out and turned into a GG, nice location, 7-8 hitting bays, nice clearance selection. That GG was then closed and incorporated into the local dicks. 1 bay and 1 trackman bay now, garbage clearance selection, much less used stuff

 

Luckily there is still a Golf Mart which is better than both!

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in austin (their HQ) they had a huge driving range. my sales people moved over to golf galaxy, so that's a plus.

 

The Raleigh store had a driving range, too. Not large. but, a cool way to check out clubs.

 

I spent many of my lunch breaks banging balls at the Raleigh location. You could just pick up anything from the used rack and go hit it on the launch monitors. I ended up buying several clubs that way and always went there for new grips. The location was replaced by a golf Galaxy / Dick's and while it's really big and nice there's something just stale about it. There's not much of a used selection and they aren't as keen on people hitting on the launch monitors.

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in austin (their HQ) they had a huge driving range. my sales people moved over to golf galaxy, so that's a plus.

 

The Raleigh store had a driving range, too. Not large. but, a cool way to check out clubs.

 

I spent many of my lunch breaks banging balls at the Raleigh location. You could just pick up anything from the used rack and go hit it on the launch monitors. I ended up buying several clubs that way and always went there for new grips. The location was replaced by a golf Galaxy / Dick's and while it's really big and nice there's something just stale about it. There's not much of a used selection and they aren't as keen on people hitting on the launch monitors.

 

+ 1 It is just not the same. Also, the local GG/DSG's are never fully stocked with a limited club selection. I guess the internet sales are finally taking it's toll on the local retailer.

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