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Golf Datatech publishes 2019 Pyramid of Influence report

10.45am 20th June 2019 - Retail - This story was updated on Friday, June 21st, 2019

Golf Datatech, the golf industry’s leading independent research firm for consumer, trade and retail golf trends, has unveiled the third edition of its study into the ‘Pyramid of Influence’, which examines the factors that dictate equipment purchases.

Assessing the Pyramid 2019 investigates the relevance of the ‘Pyramid of Influence’,which for decades has formed the foundation upon which golf equipment companies marketed and sold their products. The 2019 studyinvestigates not only the Traditional Pyramidby handicap levels, but also looks into other potential means for segmentation.

The report is based upon 3,000 responses from Golf Datatech’s database of serious golfers – those who play on average 60 rounds a year – and have a household income of over $156,000 per year (£120,000).

Highlights of the study focus on comparisons of attitudes and opinions from the pinnacle of the pyramid (lowest handicap range), to the base, where higher handicap players represent the foundation. Because the sample size is substantial, the data is segmented not only the traditional pyramid of influence, but various Influencers including: leading edge innovators, alpha buyers (high frequency purchasers), opinion influencers and brand loyalty, as well as tradition golf-o-graphic crosstabs including: income age, facility played and gender. The data examination focuses on drivers, irons, golf balls and shoe brand current usage; purchase prices and frequency; preferred retail channels; purchase triggers; shopping behaviours; brand loyalty and media perceptions.

“With over 3,000 serious golfers responding, this third edition of Assessing the Pyramid represents something of a marketing encyclopedia for the industry,” said John Krzynowek, a partner at Golf Datatech. “For decades, the Pyramid of Influence has been an established management tool, driving the product, communications, and promotional plans of most major golf brands. The essence of the pyramid is that golfers of every skill level aspire to improve and to be better at the game, and regardless of their level, they look up to those that play at levels above them.”

He added: “Brands that utilize the ‘Pyramid’ in their marketing believe that developing successful golf brands starts with excellent product and service that performs at the highest level of play by the very best players. In turn, those players influence and spread the word among the other levels of the game. Results from the 2019 data suggest that the Traditional Pyramid is still relevant, however we are seeing fundamental changes in how the mid and higher handicaps are behaving with regards to purchasing golf equipment.”

For more information on ‘Assessing the Pyramid 2019’, which will be available from June 21, visit


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