According to a recent GolfChannel.com poll, the country’s economic woes will have a strong grip on golfers’ wallets in 2009, especially when it comes to purchasing new equipment. Fifty-four percent of readers polled said they would spend under $500 on golf equipment, with 11 percent saying they would shell out nothing at all. Fifty-three percent said they would take at least one golf-related trip/vacation, whereas 30 percent said they wouldn’t leave their home course. The good news is that the economy doesn’t seem to be diminishing people’s enthusiasm toward playing golf, with 36 percent saying they expect to play anywhere from 26 to 50 rounds in 2009, and 44 percent playing as many rounds as their other half will allow. The poll was conducted the week of the PGA Merchandise Show.