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I'm a trans boy and I can't get a binder. I asked for one, and my mom's concerned that it'll hurt my health as I'm still growing. I'm at the point that even seeing my breasts makes me want to throw up. I hate myself as female. I want to die. Why can't I be fucking male? I'm honestly terrified and I don't want to go to school because I look so feminine.

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Adidas and Nike are signaling the death of the golf as we know it

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Adidas and Nike are ditching golf equipment for apparel, as the sport fails to connect with millennials.

On Thursday, Adidas Golf announced that it was entering a multiyear apparel and footwear deal with American pro golfer Dustin Johnson.

While a new deal typically wouldn’t signal anything amiss in the world of golf, in this case, it serves as another example of Adidas moving away from the equipment business.

In May, Adidas announced it was planning to sell its golf-equipment brands TaylorMade, Adams, and Ashworth.

“TaylorMade is a very viable business. However, we decided that now is the time to focus even more on our core strength in the athletic footwear and apparel market,” CEO Herbert Hainer in a release at the time.

As noted by ESPN sports-business writer Darren Rovell on Twitter, Adidas’ new strategy is just another sign of difficulties in the golf-equipment business, as retailers ditch clubs and balls in favor of shoes and shirts.

(Rory McIlroy, decked out in Nike gear.David J. Phillip/AP)

In August, Nike announced it would transition out of selling golf clubs, balls, and bags, while continuing to sell golf footwear and apparel. And, as Under Armour has moved into the golf business, it has stayed clear of clubs, focusing exclusively on apparel and shoes.

The golf industry has struggled to attract younger players in recent years.

"From the golf-industry statistics, we know that rounds are down. We know that millennials are not picking up the game, and boomers are aging out. The game is in decline,” Matt Powell of industry-research firm NPD explained in a video in July.

With most golf-equipment sales stemming from older, long-time golfers, it make sense for companies to focus on apparel, not clubs, balls, and bags that don’t wear out quickly. Established golfers tend to have loyalties to bag brands, and are unlikely to be won over by newer companies relying on trendy marketing and super-star names.

Meanwhile, an Adidas, Nike, or Under Armour shirt or hat is unlikely to be seen as a make-or-break part of a golfer’s game. Plus, even if golf is failing to attract new players buying their first sets of clubs, even veteran golfers need to buy new shoes at some point. 

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