Is the retail business losing money on ball sales?

Seamus Rotherick
By Seamus Rotherick December 15, 2023 10:17

Ian Melham, Head of Membership Services at Foremost Golf provides advice on maximising ball sales in 2024.

Every decision we make in life is influenced by our perception. In this case, we are talking about perception of choice, value, and convenience. So in order to convince visitors and members that they should buy their golf balls from you, we need to convince them of the following: value, choice, convenience and advice.

Below you’ll find seven key retailing tips which will help you increase in-store golf ball sales.

Clear store proposition – ball plinth displays

Ball plinths are a very effective way to merchandise the ball proposition to customers. These are designed to be set up in front of the counter, and as a result are working in a primary selling space within the store. Due to their stock holding design they provide the customer with choice and the sense of convenience due to their self-serve design. Foremost members have seen exceptional sales performance over the years with their ball plinth concept.

Demonstrate value by offering multi-dozen pricing


When done well, ticketing will ultimately drive sales. The combination of effective ticketing and well stocked ball plinths will only have a positive impact on ball sales. When done correctly, ticketing should act like another member of staff for you, allowing much easier self-service, especially during busy times.

It’s essential that you look to include a multi-buy ticket type in the offering. This will give you the opportunity to sell multiple dozens whilst reinforcing the desired perception of value. This ticket type is available to Foremost members within our industry leading ticketing platform, ForeTickIT.

Effective ticketing will ultimately drive sales

Are you losing money? The best retailers maintain their displays

You wouldn’t ever run out of beans for the coffee machine. The best retailers manage and maintain their displays right the way through the season. We sometimes see shops that look as though they might have been raided mid-season. The section shouldn’t be perfect only at the start of the season, but all the way through the year. Don’t only do all the above as a one-off. Once you’ve created a powerful sales section, make sure you maintain it. Key stock displays must be maintained otherwise you will be losing sales opportunities every day. Why not delegate this stock section to a member of the team, who can maintain display levels, re-order when necessary and adjust pricing and ticketing to maximise sales.

Marketing and showcasing value

There should be no reason why a club member or a frequent visitor is buying golf balls online or from high street stores. It happens because they perceive these stores to be better value than their local professional shop and as a result are tempted into deals. Therefore, in addition to the ticketing, it’s imperative that you market the value you can offer on golf balls through both the digital and in-store marketing channels.

Ball plinths are an extremely effective way to merchandise the ball proposition

Promote expertise

Like any product or service as a retailer it’s really important that you promote the golf club’s expertise and point of difference over the competition. A great way to do this would be to conduct a golf ball review on video. This could provide you with an opportunity to educate customers on the different types of golf balls and the importance of golf ball fitting.

Ball fitting events

People are far more likely to spend money when attending an event appointment. Ball fitting events provide an excellent way to provide advice whilst gaining a better understanding of customers’ game and golfing background.

Staff product and sales training

Ensuring all staff have product knowledge on the shop’s ball ranges is essential. Knowledge breeds confidence which in turn breeds sales. Basic sales training on the golf ball proposition makes all the difference. Are the correct questions being asked delivering value to the customer but also high levels of service from the operation?

For further information on how Foremost Golf can assist you and your business in 2023 simply email or call 01753 218890


Seamus Rotherick
By Seamus Rotherick December 15, 2023 10:17
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