The winds of change have been blowing since before the dawn of humanity. It’s a fact! That’s never changed nor will it ever as far as I can see. When I think about the landscape that is the golf industry I really feel that this holds true. Think about it just for a short second. The advancements in golf technology, fabrics for apparel, golf shoes and how your course superintendent maintains your precious fairways. The same can be said for business models in the golf industry as well.
Over the last couple of days I’ve seen over social media some much “bigger fish” than Until The Next Tee (in a somewhat passive-aggressive manner) lash out at certain company’s choosing not send product for testing. Which is fine and it’s their prerogative to do so. After all that’s the beauty of free speech. When it comes to the manufacturers it’s great for these company’s to support golf forums and blogs but it’s also their perogative to decline sending out product. There’s many reasons for this decision. It could be a change in a business model or maybe they feel like they might be “above” doing such because quite frankly they’re (in their own minds) too big for that. Either way, no matter what side of the fence you’re on you’ll always have a choice. Some people may support the choice and others will oppose.
It comes as no shock to anyone that Until The Next Tee doesn’t have the resources or tenure as some of the bigger fish in this “golf website ocean”. The truth is this. In fact, I was a very active participant in their respective schools and decided to go off on my own for a number of reasons and I’m glad that I did. But when you’re a sardine trying to compete against a barracuda it’s all about trying to find a way to survive. Stay close to the reef right? It’s tough to get support from company’s when you’re small and I understand and respect that. You have to develop street credibility because you’re an unknown quantity and company’s can’t just send products to any person trying to pass themselves off as something. You have to “earn your stripes” as my parents would often tell me. So to survive… I’ve been resourceful.
I’ve found ways to survive and provide a service that I’m damn proud of. While trying to earn my stripes I’ve never had golf clubs sent to me for testing other than Miura (on two occasions) and Cleveland Golf. Having been mostly ignored I’ve used demo days to produce my “organic reviews”. Whether it’s the colossus that’s the PGA Show Demo Day, a local golf show like when I stumbled upon PXG (and reviewed them) or local demo days like the one last year to test out Cobra Golf I get the job done. When you love doing something you find a way.
So no matter what company’s choose to continue to support testing and reviews please know that I’ll stay true to who I am and what Until The Next Tee was founded upon. If there’s a will… there’s a way! No matter what the company is from Yonex to Fourteen. From Wilson Staff to TaylorMade or Bridgestone Golf to PXG and everything in between I’ll do my best to test and share my opinions with you… my readers. #SeeUOnTheNextTee
Until The Next Tee!!