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I want to talk to a human for anything that needs to fit...clothes, shoes, clubs, etc. I suppose I could buy golf balls from Amazon, but then I would lose my excuse to go into Golf Galaxy or Dick's to browse the clothes, shoes, clubs, etc. Can't get tips from Amazon. Plus, Amazon doesn't support my community by paying local taxes or hiring local people. There is more to life than simple price.

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Love the pga store by me. Great people and service! Don’t see me buying anything from amazon anytime soon.

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I just visited a PGA superstore in NJ not one sales person asked me if I required help or what I was looking for. There was four sales aka pga professionals watching one guy demo clubs. If I am going to be ignored I will shop and buy my equipment on Amazon. That was the down fall of GolfSmith poor customer service unless you wanted to buy really expensive equipment.

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Yup it’s like the customer is interrupting the sales staff. I was at Dick’s the other had to HUNT for a sales person. I got a great deal on a pair of shoes ( paid 22.00 down from 45 originally 74.00) but other than the surprise deal easier to buy online. If your lucky to get someone they’re rushing you.

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I live close to a Golf Galaxy and they have all my golfing needs

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I only live five minutes from Golf Galaxy, so if I am in the market for any golf products I usually just drive there. However that’s not to say I haven’t bought tees or other accessories from Amazon. I must admit I enjoy the experience of just going into a golf shop and see the latest in clubs, apparel and shoes. There’s something about holding the product and seeing how each piece is different from another.

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I think what killed Golf Smith and Golf Galaxy was the lack of well informed salespeople trying to sell expensive golf equipment to beginning golfers to make a commission on a sale. It is very obvious to experienced buyers when someone is not knowledgeable about the products they are trying to sell. To buy equipment online from anywhere is risky. It is best to find a seller who will guarantee products in case you are not satisfied with quality, condition, or performance. Buyer Beware!!

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No question i go to a golf store either to buy or just soak up the envirinment would only buy balls or accessories on line being in the golf environment is half the fun especially in winter

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I still like to go to a store to service my equipment, grips, shafts install, shoes, try new clubs, etc. Small things like balls, tees, even clothes can be bought on line.

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It would be interesting to see how many of the online buyers actually shopped the stores first to see and feel the product before making a purchase. I can see repeat purchase items such as golf balls and even repeat purchases of a certain brand of shirt that you are familiar with their sizing and quality, but to see clubs, bags, carts etc. II am betting research is done ahead of time.

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Golf shops. The only item I can imagine buying on Amazon is if they were the only retailer carrying certain balls.