Don’t Panic 2 – LOCKDOWN UPDATE

Lockdown Plan Unveiled

While last week’s roadmap from the Government might have caused some disappointment, at least we now have a date to work towards. As it currently stands golf will be permitted on the 29th of March. Having lost, what will be close to 3 months of play and retailing, where does that leave us for the rest of 2021?

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Don’t panic! 2021 could still be great

I have previously said, and am pretty sure everyone would agree, 2020 was a crazy year.  We now need to have quick look at events from the worst of conditions in order to plan for what happens next.

While lockdown #1 effected the various regions differently, Golf lost nearly a 1/3rd of a year to COVID, and, while general retail lost even more, it really has been a bumpy ride for golf retailers. We hit a low in May, with retail sales, year to date, down 54% in value. However, a resurgence in the popularity of Golf, due to its COVID compliance, saw golfers, new and old, loving the game and spending their money. At year end, the speciality golf channel recovered to be only 10% down on the previous year. All things considered, this was an amazing result.

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What’s in store for golf retail in 2021?

If I’d been sitting here a year ago, about to write this, I don’t think my imagination could have possibly created the events that eventually unfolded. I’m pretty sure I would have been focusing on the effects of the upcoming Brexit deal, changes in the high street and consumer shopping behaviour. Most likely, I will have talked about the impact of weather on the golf market. Nothing had more impact than the pandemic last year but before we look at 2021, let’s take a quick look back.

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UK Golf Retail Sales – Quick Market Update for the end of 2020

Well at last we have got through what most will consider as one of the worst years – unless you sell PPE that is. As it stands Golf proved its health benefits and turned out to be rather popular again. With all the ups and downs we have now complied the overall data for 2020 and the news is pretty good – value was only down 10.7%.

No surprises we are not up – it was almost an impossible task to loose nearly 16 weeks of the year and not expect some negative impact. However some are up and up a lot. Others are down but not as bad as it could have been. Here’s a quick video with some highlight numbers. 

UK Golf Retail Sales Market Update for August 2020

Since lockdown the Golf market has performed very well – courses have been full and people have been reconnecting with the game. In July Golf Datatech recorded their biggest ever month of sales in their UK retail audit.  To follow that up – August has become the second largest month on record.  

Here is a quick Golf retail market update on the numbers for August 2020 and how they compare to 2019.

What is the Future for a Post-Covid Golf Retail Industry?

I started this article before the Covid19 outbreak and was then conflicted as to whether I should continue writing with the ensuing carnage. Inevitably, the pandemic would have a significant effect on our personal and professional lives, as well as our future behaviour. So, I pressed the pause button on my previously planned feature and, as predicted, the global economy has since slipped into recession. Now 8 weeks into lock down and I’ve had plenty of time to put together my thoughts on a post-Covid golf retail industry. Continue reading “What is the Future for a Post-Covid Golf Retail Industry?”