I've kind of waited to reply about the loss of PGA professionals in the Dick's Sporting Goods. As many of you know - I spend time in a golf department of that retail establishment. The golf pro there, knew I was getting ready to retire and he needed some day time help in my particular store. I've been in that store for 5 years as a Club Tech, (I'm very knowledgeable concerning repair, fitting, and many of the other aspects - might be the strongest FJ/shoe guy employed in the chain).
I understand the retail world - and the decision did hit close to home; however, what it took me sometime to reason was why the chain didn't look at each store and make some type of effort to keep the above goal performing (golf departments) staffed with the PGA professional.
My local store is a small footprint store (tier 3 out of 5). We have been a top 5% store for the last 6 years - the major problem we have been facing in the past couple of months is actually getting inventory to sell. I'm sure there are other stores having the same problem.
I guess that's enough venting for now.