Why are weights so expensive?

I just inquired with my local shop about getting a single bezel weight for my 913 driver that I recently purchased and was quoted a price of $30.  That seems incredibly expensive for a small metal weight with a screw through it...excessively so really, especially after purchasing a $400 driver.  What could possibly make them so expensive?  It really seems like there should be a swap out program or something where you can turn in a given weight chip for another one.  I want to take a 1/2" off my drive but not sure I want to spend another $30 for a weight chip.  I suppose I could slap some lead tape on it but that doesn't look very good. 

Anybody else think that price is excessive?  

Love my 913 D3 though, best driver I've ever played and first driver I've purchased brand new in over a decade.  Makes me want to get the 3-wood and hybrid to go with.  

It seems excessive until  factor in all of the other costs associated with it.

 

The weight itself probably cost $1 or 2 to make. What does it cost to ship to retailers, packaging, labor costs, cost of holding goods in inventory, not to mention a little bit of profit. R&D, Sales and Marketing, and Administrative costs as well.

 

That is just my thinking.

 

MMW

Hmmm...not sure I buy that on something like this.  Shipping cost...$1.50 maybe...all you need to do it put it in a padded envelope.  And I think I paid for the R&D, marketing and advertising when I bought the driver. Some administrative costs for sure, but I'm absolutely positive the cost to produce is in the neighborhood you specified.  I work for a specialty sports mfg. and have a pretty good feel for markup on things like this.  Admittedly we have some items with pretty high markups for us...but nothing that seems quite this extreme.  If it was $15 I would think that seems reasonable but at twice that...just seems like a lot.  

Oh well, it is what it is I guess, and I do love Titleist....I guess next time I just need to remember to special order and request the weights I want from the start...live and learn.  Lead tape will do I suppose.   

Chris L

I just inquired with my local shop about getting a single bezel weight for my 913 driver that I recently purchased and was quoted a price of $30.  That seems incredibly expensive for a small metal weight with a screw through it...excessively so really, especially after purchasing a $400 driver.  What could possibly make them so expensive?  It really seems like there should be a swap out program or something where you can turn in a given weight chip for another one.  I want to take a 1/2" off my drive but not sure I want to spend another $30 for a weight chip.  I suppose I could slap some lead tape on it but that doesn't look very good. 

Anybody else think that price is excessive?  

Love my 913 D3 though, best driver I've ever played and first driver I've purchased brand new in over a decade.  Makes me want to get the 3-wood and hybrid to go with.  

You COULD send your club in to Titleist to have the work done. Have them shorten it and tell them which weight/swing weight you desire. As far as cost goes, you'd have to go to your authorized Titleist rep and have them call Titleist for you. 

For what it's worth, that "little weight chip" is well worth it. Without one, your driver wouldn't be the same. You could experiment with a lot of lead tape to see how the weight works for you, then decide on what you want to do. 

Have to agree with David that the little weight chip is well worth it since this is how you adjust the swing weight and, ultimately, the feel of the club.  I have always special ordered my clubs from Titleist for my preferred setup.  Based upon the shaft you have in the club and even the grip you use, this weight needs to be swaped out to achieve your desired swing weight.  Titleist includes the correct weight to achieve the desired swingweight when you order a club based on it's setup.  If you shorten the shaft or change grips, you should change the weight. 

At the end of the day, $30 is well worth it to have the club setup properly especially once you consider how often you use that club.  Not sure if there is any golf wagering when you play with your buddies, but thing of that $30 in relation to how much you cound win from your pals!

I know many of us have tinkered with our weights in the driver, fairway metals and hybrids... I would even appreciate the ability to adjust my swingweight without another big cost.  However, I realize Titleist is a company that has many costs and they need to make a profit in any way possible.  That being said, I purchased a full weight kit for a slightly higher price than one weight and I am thrilled!  Just a thought...

Thanks for the input everyone, yeah, I'm sure you're all right.  I'll be getting a 14g weight and will be stoked to have my driver properly swing weighted at my preferred shorter length of 44.5".  .5" doesn't sound like much but it's a noticeable difference for me and my control definitely gets better.  

I sure do love my 913 D3...I used to hate drivers because I always had trouble hitting them well for some reason.  I think the slightly smaller head size and shaft (D+ 72) have made all the difference.