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Response to TlalocW (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 05:00 PM

3. Golf is fantastic and will not go away

 

Extremely difficult sport to play. That turns people against it, because they see pros on television maneuvering the ball at will and it looks simple enough. But when those people actually attempt the sport it's difficult to merely make decent contact, let alone make the ball cooperate.

That's why the greatest athletes in the world are particularly fascinated and frustrated by golf. They have mastered everything else and can't believe they struggle so mightily on the golf course. One famous athlete after another holds the top golfers in absolute awe.

I have lots of respect for hackers who stick it out. Yesterday I played with a guy at my home course who is determined to improve. He slices the ball into adjacent fairways or out of bounds, but doesn't get embarrassed by it. Yesterday on 17 he sliced the ball so badly it went into the middle of the adjacent 16th fairway, at least 100 yards off target. I pointed out where it finished and he merely drove his cart over there and picked it up, as the group trailing us waited for him briefly. No big deal.

After the round we went to the range and I changed his grip slightly, moving his left thumb about a quarter inch to the right. That thumb needs to be right of center and he had it left of center. That made such a difference on the range. He couldn't believe it. He was actually hitting some pull draws instead of weak slices. Obviously it won't be a miracle cure but small fixes like that are necessary as someone learns the game.

Golf surged beyond realistic need in the early 2000s. Too many courses were built and too many companies like Nike thought it would be a future gold mine. Now the millenials are taking it in another direction and that is fine. The strongest courses will survive and thrive.

In my area of Miami we had a few courses close but the ones that inherited the customers have really benefited. Recently one of the courses seized upon the uptick to put in a popular franchise restaurant in the clubhouse. That really picked up the midday traffic and number of rounds played also jumped. The course used the added revenue to buy an entirely new flock of electric golf carts. They are fantastic. Now they have added an assistant greenskeeper and the greens are in the best shape in 20+ years.

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