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Old 07-25-2014, 09:53 AM
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Is Golf In the Dumps?

The annual golf-is-in-the-crapper story is here (although there are a few of them this week). What do you think?

http://time.com/money/3007501/tiger-...golf-industry/
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Old 07-25-2014, 05:21 PM
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Accurate. Dick's Sporting Goods just laid off 560 PGA Pros from the Golf Department.

Mostly older people playing. No new Golf Course Construction, to speak of. Over 100 Golf Courses closed this year.

It's too hard to play. Kick Golf? 15" Cup Golf? Takes too long. Elitist. Equipment sales down.
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Old 07-25-2014, 05:39 PM
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Its not in the dumps, but the fad is wearing off because tiger is not on tv as much. Fads come and go based on marketing, ie LA Law spiked law school enrollments, Chris Money spiked poker, but the dedicated support their cause.
I don't know how many times in the last few years I saw people on golf courses look like they were clubbing rabbits instead of trying to hit a golf ball. They thought it was the in thing to "play" golf. Translated, they make everyone's day miserable. Good riddens to the fad riders.
On to the next fad
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Old 07-25-2014, 05:51 PM
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I wouldn't be counting on Tiger to save the day. Looks like his body is about done with being Superman
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Old 07-29-2014, 01:34 PM
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I wouldn't be counting on Tiger to save the day. Looks like his body is about done with being Superman

But look at Rory, he's got a moment here to take it and run with it. First, being in a relationship with an international level competitor, then breaking it off, then winning the Claret at the Open. I know he's not American, but he's using his position to perk up golf.

Dufner has his chance right now too. We need to elevate a few of these players to celebrity status to get the general public's attention back.

And we are about to see the game played out internationally at the Olympics. Certainly that will give the game a new look as well.
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Old 08-02-2014, 08:24 AM
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We will just have to wait and see whether Rory can be another Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods. Jack also attracted many to watch and play golf. Jack also had better consistent competition ie Lee Trevino, Tom Watson, Kite, etc Golf is not the only games that are suffering lack of super stars. Both baseball and football are not churning them out either. In the old days baseball had Reggie Jackson, Babe Ruth, Hank Arron and many others. The NFL had Roger Staubach, Walter Payton, Too tall Jones, Randy White, Lawrence Taylor and many more. I watched teams from other cities just to see these Super Stars do their thing. Same thing with Tennis. I never watch Tennis now that John McEnroe. Jimmy Conners, Ivan Lendl and others are gone. Female tennis had its stars that attracted you watch too
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But look at Rory, he's got a moment here to take it and run with it. First, being in a relationship with an international level competitor, then breaking it off, then winning the Claret at the Open. I know he's not American, but he's using his position to perk up golf.

Dufner has his chance right now too. We need to elevate a few of these players to celebrity status to get the general public's attention back.

And we are about to see the game played out internationally at the Olympics. Certainly that will give the game a new look as well.
I don't know how you get "it". Jack had it and Tiger had it. 2 bigger than life players in my lifetime. Players that could attract non fans to watch and participate in larger numbers. I think they created "it" by playing almost to perfection more often than not. Jack was great at coming from behind with hot streaks. You could hear the gallery go crazy when he was on a roll.Tiger was great at dominating the entire game. Jack was more likable than Tiger in my opinion. I can't remember Jack having tantrums or lashing out at fans. He was always a class act. Why did Tiger attract fans better than Phil?
Basketball had Michael Jordon, for example, as someone who could really attract many people to the game who never watched before.
You just never know when a Super star will come along that has it. Rory maybe the one, who knows.. Why did MJ attract fans better than Larry Bird?
I guess it is the way you win they has something to do with it

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Old 08-07-2014, 04:47 PM
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I don't know how you get "it". Jack had it and Tiger had it. 2 bigger than life players in my lifetime. Players that could attract non fans to watch and participate in larger numbers. I think they created "it" by playing almost to perfection more often than not. Jack was great at coming from behind with hot streaks. You could hear the gallery go crazy when he was on a roll.Tiger was great at dominating the entire game. Jack was more likable than Tiger in my opinion. I can't remember Jack having tantrums or lashing out at fans. He was always a class act. Why did Tiger attract fans better than Phil?
Basketball had Michael Jordon, for example, as someone who could really attract many people to the game who never watched before.
You just never know when a Super star will come along that has it. Rory maybe the one, who knows.. Why did MJ attract fans better than Larry Bird?
I guess it is the way you win they has something to do with it
Actually Jack got booed until Arnold got old.

No one in the History of Golf had the following that Arnold Palmer had.

Arnies Army.
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Old 07-25-2014, 05:53 PM
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Ztman sounds like an elitist. Many people play golf for years and just can't break that 85-90 mark. They spend tons of money on equipment, lessons and rounds but just never quite get it. If a "fad" golfer wants to play some rounds I say have at it. Just learn some etiquette and have fun. Golf is not dying at least not in my area.
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There are signs of trouble locally. A very nice golf course, Crooked Creek, in the Raleigh area is in financial trouble and is up for sale. This is a very challenging course in a golf community and I played it several years ago, really enjoyed it even though I got my butt kicked. Check out some of the course photos here:

http://www.playcrookedcreek.com/
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