October Growth for Apparel Categories

October 2022 was a good month for golf apparel sales in the US

October was another good month for golf apparel: up over 8% on the month and 6% on a year to date basis.  The categories with the highest growth were Headwear (+18.5%), Men’s Tops (+15.0%) and Women’s Tops (+11.6%), while Men’s Shirts, which is the largest single category of golf apparel, was up over 7%.

On the latest sales figures, Golf Datatech co-founder John Krzynowek, said, “Both the Green Grass and Off Course specialty channels have had successful golf apparel seasons this year, with more and more golfer buying in person, and fewer purchasing online.  With more golfers walking thru and shopping in pro shops this year, sales have boomed. Inventories that were once very sparse or dated, have been replaced by current merchandise, improving selling prices and margins for Brick and Mortar outlets”.

The Golf Datatech Retail Market Share Reports covering US sales through the month of October and total 2022 for Bottoms Men, Bottoms Women, Headwear, Outerwear, Shirts Men, Shirts Women, Tops Men, Tops Women are now available by going to www.gdtreports.com. If you have questions about the reports or problems accessing or finding the data that you need please contact us at reports@golfdatatech.com and someone will respond to your request as soon as possible.

Eighth Consecutive Increase for Golf Apparel

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The latest data for golf apparel retail sales is now out with great news for the category. Outerwear was the only product with lower sales in September 2022 than in 2021. Furthermore, while headwear had the largest increase (+17%), men’s shirts, the largest of all golf apparel categories, was up 12%.

Not only were apparel sales up significantly from 2021 (+6%), but they are also up nearly 50% vs. 2019, indicating just how the much the category has rebounded from the depths of the pandemic.

Total September 2022 Retail Sales (On-Off Course)

On-Off Course September ’22 vs ’21: Dollars +9.1%
On-Off Course September ’22 vs ’19: Dollars +57.1%

On-Off Course YTD ’22 vs ’21: Dollars +5.7%
On-Off Course YTD ’22 vs ’19: Dollars +49.8%

Boom Month for Apparel’s Largest Category

The stats are just out for the Golf Apparel market based on August retail sales.  Great to see Golf Apparel sales for the month were up +5.3% and up +8.8% YTD thru August.

It was a big month for men’s shirts: the largest Golf Apparel category – with sales +9%

Said Golf Datatech co-founder, John Kryznowek, “Overall golf apparel sales remained robust thru August, with both the Green Grass and the Off Course Specialty channels gaining vs. year ago.  And compared to 2019, total Golf Apparel sales are up close to 60%, showing just how far ahead the industry is vs. the pre pandemic period.  Good weather during August was certainly very helpful, as men’s shirts and total headwear sales, the largest and second largest categories in shop, were up double digits combined.”

Total Apparel August 2022 (On-Off Course)

On-Off Course August ’22 vs ’21: Dollars +5.3%
On-Off Course August ’22 vs ’19: Dollars +48.9%

On-Off Course YTD ’22 vs ’21: Dollars +8.8%
On-Off Course YTD ’22 vs ’19: Dollars 59.7%

Good Winds for May Apparel Sales

US May 2022 Total Apparel Market

On-Off Course May ’22 vs ’21: Dollars +4.9%
On-Off Course May ’22 vs ’19: Dollars +14.0%

On-Off Course YTD ’22 vs ’21: Dollars +3.8%
On-Off Course YTD ’22 vs ’19: Dollars +21.6%


Six of eight apparel categories went up in May of 2022 vs. 2021, up 4.9% for the month

On a YTD basis, total apparel sales in dollars were up 3.8%, with growth in all eight categories

Compared to 2019 levels, May of 2022 was up 14.0% and YTD was up 21.6%

Men’s Tops and Outerwear were both up the most for the month of May, improving by 17.9% and 11.3% in dollars. Both of these categories are weather sensitive, and sales increases are often the result of less than ideal weather


More Good News for Golf Apparel

The total US Golf Apparel retail sales numbers are published this week with confirmation that they are up for the third consecutive month. Sales have increased in 21 of 22 months since the shutdown months in the early stages of the pandemic, with the only decline coming in January of 2022.

Total sales were over $150 million for the month, only the second time total sales have eclipsed that mark.  The only prior $150+ million month was June of ’21.

Total US Golf Apparel Market

On-Off Course April ’22 vs. ’21:  Dollars +6.5%

On-Off Course YTD thru April ’22 vs. ’21:  Dollars +5.0%

Strong Signs for Apparel this Month

The retail sell thru data is now out for the U.S. Apparel category and, despite slow sales for equipment, apparel seems to be faring well with total golf apparel sales for the month of March up 5.3%.  Interestingly, both Green Grass and Off Course sales have improved by similar amounts.

March 2022 Apparel Sales Summary

  1. Men’s shirts, which are the largest single apparel category, were up 4% for the month and YTD. While units have declined, Average Selling Prices on men’s shirts are up 10% YTD and are at all-time highs.
  2. YTD Average Selling Prices are up mid to high single digits across most apparel categories
  3. Inventories remain very tight in several product categories, in particular in men’s shirts, where inventories are 8% below last year and 28% below 2019 levels.

On the latest results, Golf Datatech co-founder, John Krzynowek commented:  “Contrary to equipment, which hit a rough patch with slowing sales, apparel sales remained brisk even with limited availability of some key products, such as men’s shirts. Demand seems robust but, so far, the major brands continue to chase supply.  Whether it is raw material issues, manufacturing/Covid outbreaks or shipping, the apparel category is succeeding thru Q1 of 2022 despite itself.  Limited supply results in higher prices, which may impact demand down the road, but for the moment the category continues to grow.”


Apparel Retail Sales Update for October

After a slow start in 2021, retail sell thru of golf apparel has been on a tear for the rest of the year.  All 7 categories of golf apparel have enjoyed significant expansion vs. 2020, led by the largest product category, men’s shirts, up 44%.

On a YTD basis, total golf apparel sales are now at an all-time high thru the first 10 months of the year, 4% above 2017, which was the prior highest sales thru October.

Golf Datatech’s co-founder, John Kryznowek commented, “After a rough 2020 due to the pandemic’s negative impact on sales, the golf apparel business bounced back with strong consumer demand driving On/Off Course retail to all-time highs this year.  All indications suggest there will be ongoing issues this fall into the winter and possibly even into next spring with sourcing for some products, but clearly golfers continue to purchase new golf apparel at astonishing rates.”

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