The Sport of Golf Needs an Overhaul

Wed Mar 18, 2020 19:05:40PM

PGA golf professional Adam Scott chips out of the trap for par on #3 during the 2008 The By: Craig ONeal
At one point golf was gaining popularity extremely fast. It's safe to say now that the dust has settled, and it's looking very bleak for the sport. Over the past few years the sport has teetered on a tightrope as to if it will take a dive or not. There's no denying the it has become way too expensive to keep as a daily practice. All you need for most other sports is two legs and ball. Golf however, requires (on any other level that basic) special shoes, special clubs/gear, gloves, money for a decent coarse, balls, etc. Something that I just don't see continuing in the future with the coming generations. Especially with all of the advancements in technology these days. You will be able to practically do anything from a virtual headset within a year.

What does golf need to come down from the cloud it's been on? An overhaul. To be honest, I'm not quite sure what that would entail at all. To some, the sport is only for business meetings, being so slow that you have ample time to talk to one another. And to others it is a highly concentrated dose of skill and patience. People want to watch and participate in activities that are exciting and demanding. Especially if you are the viewer. It is very hard to sit and watch an entire session of golf without wanting to do anything else. It's just not exciting.

NBC posted statistics of their golf channel recently, stating that they have had the best four years of viewers in history. With a increase of 40% since the starting day in 2011. I find that very hard to believe, but I guess you can't argue with numbers. I know that if I were to head out of my home at the moment and ask a neighbor if they caught the masters, they would more than likely say no. Same goes for anyone I talk to on a daily basis. Now if I were to ask if they caught the Superbowl or the Stanley Cup, they would most likely say yes. Well, I'm not too sure on the Cup. That's more my cup of tea.

All in all, I would never go as far as to say golf is just a boring sport that no one watches. The number of viewers that is has is not a shabby one by any means. Though I do think something needs to happen in order to get more people interested in the future.
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I don't think there's much you can overhaul about the game of golf. There can be a discussion about ways to get more people to participate, but I think it all boils down to the cost of play and not that there aren't enough people who want to play. With regards to NBC's viewership numbers--I guess it all depends on how they count. Does a tv have to be tuned to the tournament for a certain time frame or are they counting their numbers based off of the number of people who tune in at 5 pm on a Sunday to catch the end of the tournament?!