While waiting for Rory to tee off, I made the full rounds of the golf websites I find worthwhile. I don’t read Geoff Shackelford every day, but I always try to catch up, so I at least see the headline of every single article he writes. Why? Because he is a “mainstream” golf writer (the only one?) who is not afraid to call a spade a spade, so sometimes he writes things you simply don’t want to miss. By that, I mean: True things written for intelligent people. (Shackelford will sometimes step outside the bounds of golf. I remember him not too long ago pointing out a New York Times article on the publishing industry which I found fascinating.)
I found this article today at Shackelford’s website: “Great Read: MyGolfSpy’s Anonymous Retailer Takes On Vendors”. It’s an anonymous article by a golf equipment retailer who discusses the reality of dealing with the equipment manufacturers. I have only read a little of it, but I intend to read the rest as soon as I finish this blog entry.
The article to which Shackelford refers is on a website called My Golf Spy. That’s a new website to me (although, frankly, I sometimes visit websites then forget all about them). Admittedly, golf equipment is not my greatest interest, but the problems of manipulation by powerful corporations is a topic near and dear to my heart.
As I looked around on MyGolfSpy this morning, I came across a fairly-recent article, “YOUR OPINION – Golf Companies Control Over Media.” In the short piece, he describes a couple of incidents he has recently had with equipment manufacturers which were, to me, interesting and revealing.
Anyway, I thought I’d mention those articles as well as make these two points:
- Don’t neglect to read Geoff Shackelford.
- MyGolfSpy.com might be worth investigating.