Billions? Membership fee revenue climbed 3.6% to $603 million
Source: Motley Fool
Profit != Corporate overhead
Their membership is over 85 million globally. Membership fee revenue climbed 3.6% to $603 million
Oh, and their profits dropped considerably in '16.
Um, their membership fees are a drop in the bucket compared with the amount of stuff people buy annually. That doesn't begin to cover corporate overhead.
"Arnold Palmer's wife was on the Carson show and said that before every tournament, 'I kiss his (golf) balls for good luck,' and Johnny said, 'well I'll bet that makes his putter stand up.' "
Which, btw, is just an urban legend.
Looking at just about any sport I can think of, I can point to equipment improvements in nearly every one of them over my adult life. If you don't think those improvements should be patent-able, then you probably just don't believe in patents. Sure, many patents are absurd, but to claim all are is just as ridiculous.
Why not? Is the research into the aerodynamic characteristics of a golf ball more or less worthy than the research into the hydrodynamic characteristics of a blood vessel stent? For that matter, someone who keeps active as a golfer is likely to be healthier longer than someone who is sedentary and requires drugs and other medical interventions to live. Certainly you'd agree that the sporting goods companies have done more good for public health than Martin Shkreli ever did as CEO of a drug company.
Research is research, and the law says that inventors can profit from their inventions. I'm sorry you don't like that.
You're seriously trying to argue that golf ball aerodynamics is as important as a life saving device? It's not like golfers would quit if they only had shitty balls to play with, so your point about being active is pointless. Please point to any sporting goods company that has done good for public health when it wasn't simply in their financial interest to do so. As for Shkreli, that jackass can burn in hell.
Golf balls. Someone actually designs the things? What an awful way to spend your life.
My dad used to design boxes. At least they were specialized to hold automotive parts, so they weren't just cardboard cubes. Ford and GM would send him a part...he'd create a box for it. You'd be amazed how many patents there are...he had a few.
Seriously though, how can a golf ball have 11 patents on it?
Let me help you with that.
Trying to figure out how to get these people to stop calling so much is a full time job
That was figured out in the 80's. Your support line is a 900 number. No more calls.
Just my $.02 as a private pilot...
The claim that 3 planes could be landing at once is only valid if the winds are cooperating...you don't land with a tailwind. With any serious wind, you've now limited everything to a single queue because the planes will all need to go single file into the wind.
Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, and a dark side, and it holds the universe together ... -- Carl Zwanzig