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Forum Thread of the Day: “Why are people walking away from the game?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from dedicated2journey, who shared with fellow GolfWRX members his reasons for why some people are walking away from the game. The entire thread is a fascinating read, which developed into a broad debate about the growth of the sport, with plenty of excellent arguments and counter-arguments made. If you have some free time over the weekend, you’ll want to get stuck into this discussion.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire debate and have your say at the link below.

  • mark174ace: “I will also say taking lessons from a good teacher who will give you good swing habits can pay dividends for a long, long time. People would spend far less on clubs if they spent more money on lessons and understood their own swing. Their scores would improve, and their mishits would not be as bad so there would be no b.s. psychological need for a new club that will make your problems go away.”
  • DDG61: “Am I one of the few that cares very little about the overall “growth” of the game? Other than my seven-year-old daughter I couldn’t care less how many people are exposed to, interested in or committed to golf. Presuming the Tiger era was the large growth what difference does it make if we go back to pre Tiger levels? The game will still be around, ready for all those willing and able.”
  • Swisstrader98: “New generation of youth view golf and golfers as stodgy and rigid. Proper dress codes, no music allowed on most courses, having to wear polo collared shirts, a rulebook that even the pros can’t quite decipher and on and on. If we don’t change or at least greatly simplify the rules and make golf exciting or cool, we will continue to see less interest.”
  • Lancj1: “I honestly think we need to introduce the availability of playing 3, 4, 5, 9 holes. I’m a club member and live very close to my course. I have a lot of fun in summer taking a carry bag out and playing “my” 5 hole loop. To enable me to do that I have to be a full member on 7-day membership. If my son comes for a walk with me, he’s not allowed to hit a ball.”
  • wrmiller: “I wouldn’t say golf is dying. More like it is on a diet and needs to lose a few pounds.”

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  1. Tony

    Nov 19, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    I have been playing for over 20 years. It is very expensive, even for the serious golfer. I for one have had all my golf partners move too far away in our area, or some of the guys I play with are terrible and really slow the round up. I really enjoy just going out to play alone, but that often means later in the afternoon. P.S. I made a equipment change this summer with PXG clubs purchased through the PXG for Heros Program. Best clubs I have ever played.

  2. Speedy

    Nov 17, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    For newbies, golf’s frustrating, expensive, and time consuming. Fewer audition golf.
    For oldies, golf’s evolved beyond their acceptable price point. More are leaving earlier.
    For those who remain at some level, driving ranges are the most obvious option.

  3. 8thehardway

    Nov 17, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Prep – Golf laundry, clean clubs & shoes — 1 hour
    Change into/out of golf clothes — 30 minutes
    Commute to/from course — 1 hour
    arrive an hour early (pay, load up cart, warm up) — 1 hour
    PLAY — 5 hours
    post-round bragging, taunting, settle bets — 30 minutes

    TOTAL TIME — 9 hours

    • da judge

      Nov 17, 2018 at 6:21 pm

      …. versus staying home with yer nagging wife and nasty kids… watching TV in the basement rec room and drinking beer and eating popcorn… watching football… burp

  4. da judge

    Nov 16, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Most of the world’s 50 million ‘golfers’ can’t break 100…. they only play for ‘fun’…. and now the fun is gone because they can’t buy instant gratification. Also most of them are non-athletic failures with pot bellies. They can’t even walk. Golf, the sport of last resort.

    • James

      Nov 16, 2018 at 9:38 pm

      Sounds like you are not golfer. How’s your belly looking these days?

      • da judge

        Nov 17, 2018 at 6:18 pm

        My belly is 6-pack slim…. I musta hit a nerve with you and your fat pregnant belly.

    • MT

      Nov 17, 2018 at 11:31 pm

      What do you mean by “ they can’t buy instant gratification”

      • da judge

        Nov 18, 2018 at 7:31 pm

        Instant results and gratification from their new set of PXGs, P790s, etc., … without realizing that to master a golfswing takes many years, decades, of dedicated conditioning, practice and playing. Most who play golf are non-athletic dweebs who have more money than physical ability.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Why do so many people have an issue with Rory Sabbatini?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Hit em Good, who asks fellow GolfWRX members why they think that there is so much animosity from golf fans towards Rory Sabbatini. There are always two sides to every story, and in this thread, our members discuss the 42-year-old, along with other PGA Tour professionals.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • sdandrea: “I don’t know the man so I can’t pass judgement.  His face and body language to project a bit of impatience and negativity.  Could be that he is just very serious during competition. “
  • 27×10.5: “Something years ago about quitting Tigers tournament for shin splints while in last place then keeping the automatic $200k for showing up…not that I cared, but it was a big story then.”
  • Rosco1216: “I was playing with a local pro I know well.  He played 30 some PGA tour events in the early 2000s.  I randomly asked him who the most disliked guy on tour was, and without pause, “Rory Sabbatini without a doubt.”
  • BMC: “There was a story a few years ago at the Sony in Hawaii.  Rory S came in very early for a practice round and was paired with a husband and wife tourist twosome.  It’s a resort course.  The couple said he couldn’t have been nicer.  Helping them with their game and enjoying his company.  They ate lunch together after the round, and he picked up the tab.”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best Country Club amenities?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from regiwstruk, who asks fellow GolfWRX members what the best country club amenities are that they have experienced. Plenty of different and very cool facilities get a mention, and the thread gives an excellent insight into the little things that can genuinely enhance a golfers day out.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • burnsniper: “Hands down the best amenity is Child Care.  Our club will watch the little ones for up for 3 hours per day at no charge.  Gives you plenty of time to play nine (or more) or to go to the gym or a nice meal with the wife/friends.”
  • defnotapro: “Live in Texas and one of the simplest things, but don’t see it that often, is ice towels on the course. Especially when it’s over 95 and humid in Houston. I’ve learned just to throw a towel in the ice chest but would be really nice if they were on the course.”
  • ratspros: “A creative chef that can come up with amazing weekly and daily features is key. Nothing worse than ordering off the exact menu in the summer as you would in the spring or the fall.  You go from boring and almost regretting having to eat to excited for something fresh and different. In my opinion behind a great supper, the next most important position at a great club is the chef, even above the head professional.”
  • roadking2003: “I played Stonebriar in Dallas several years ago, and they had a cigar room.  That was wonderful.”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “What clubs do you chip/pitch with greenside?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Norboo, who asks fellow GolfWRX members what clubs usually get the nod when they are greenside. Our members discuss a variety of different methods that get the job done for them and prove that in golf, there’s always more ways than one to achieve your aim.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • kmay: “Used to use my set 49* gap wedge a ton, since upgrading my wedges I’m using my 54 for most greenside shots…fringe shots I close down on my pw for a bump and run, maybe a 9. But for actual chips around the green, I’m using my 54 for most shots now unless I need to get it higher in which case the 60 comes out, but I’ve learned to only use the 60 when I have to.”
  • bobcat: “My set of (3) 2011 Cleveland Niblick Hybrid Wedges are ‘ideal’ for those shots!”
  • Cwebb: “I prefer to use “lower” lofted clubs whenever possible to get a bump and release….instead of a bounce-bounce check.  So I’ll go all the way down to a low 30’s loft club if only a few feet of carry is necessary with a lot of green afterwards.”
  • Viktoryred3: “I’d say my 54* is my most versatile club around the greens. I can open the face to get it up faster and land with more bite, or de-loft it to get more rollout. If I’m really short sided, I’ll go 60*. If I need a bunch of run, I’ll go PW or 9i.”

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