Golf, as Defined by Mark Twain, “is a good walk spoiled”, and too many in this day it is becoming more and more common to be looked at in this way. Golf, beginning around 1996, entered a new era, and that is the one controlled by a sports icon, named Tiger Woods. What used to be a game for elderly gentleman sitting at the country club, playing nine holes a day on a fairly easy golf course, took a whole new shape. Golf became a game of long tee shots and amazingly accurate approach shots, taking the game to a new super low scoring level, that seemed to be only feasible by tour pros, which seem to never miss. With all this change, golf is beginning to lose interest, yet why? Is it because it is too difficult? Not any fun? Or is it just too expensive? Well in all honesty, it may be all of these things and more. Yet, I believe, it is time everyone over looks these hurdles, hops over them, and on to the golf bandwagon, and understand how to enjoy the game, more than ever before.
With the game continuing to progress, it hasn’t gotten any easier, yet that is a simple fix. When it comes to making golf easier, shortening the golf course would be a huge advantage to the everyday golfer. Even just playing from the correct tee box, would have just as big of an advantage. With the PGA tour’s average drive going around three hundred yards, it is understandable to play a course at over seven thousand yards. Yet for the average golfer, who is hitting it around fifty to seventy five yards shorter, it is extremely difficult to shoot a low score. As written by Jack Nicklaus in Golf Digest Magazine, “golfers want a challenge but end up playing from the wrong tees. The game needs to become more concise.” Nicklaus makes a great point in saying this, because golfers really do play from the incorrect tees. With programs such as tee it forward, players are realizing that lower scores and better pace of play is way more important than playing from the longest tees, and boosting their egos.
Along with making the course shorter, the golfer can also make themselves hit the ball further and better, by being fit for proper equipment. A fitting gets the length, loft, and club brand, best made for the player’s specific game. A proper fitting can make golf a lot easier. As written by James Achenbach of Golf Week magazine, “fitting is the number one fundamental for providing consistency through a set of clubs.” James continues to write “many players have discovered that a fitting can provide a more uniform and predictable distance gap between clubs.” With precise yardages, the ball can be hit closer to the hole, more often. Along with that being true, when it comes to hitting good shots, the game becomes a lot more enjoyable, and with a well fit set of equipment, good shots are a lot more possible. Both shortening the courses, and proper fitting, will make the game easier and help draw more players in.
Golf’s loss of players is also coming from the fact that the game is...