Can 'Hack Golf' Save Golf?
By Torleif Sorenson on 1/23/14
TaylorMade CEO Mark King advocates thinking outside the box in finding ways to make golf more enjoyable to the uninitiated.
WAY outside the box.
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The course that Im a member at has 1 18 hole course and 2 nine hole courses and I have always wondered why they havent increased the hole size on the nine that dont receive much play, not that its a bad track but it plays much like an ocean course. The rest of it about bigger ball and clubs I could live without....
joe jones says:
I tend to agree with the statement about taking control of golf away from the USGA and The Royal and Ancient. PGA professionals have a better feel for the pulse of the golfing public. They ruling pubah's of the golf world attack a commonly used stroke like anchoring and don't pay any attention to controlling the distance that today's clubs and balls provide. They don't even listen to Arnold palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player about that subject. It will be interesting when and if they disclose the ideas that the Great Golfing Unwashed come up with. After all, why listen to the group that play more golf than anyone else.
I like the idea of larger cups. I'm especially fond of Double DD.
I played a course last year that was re-doing one of their greens. The temp green was just closely mown fairway with a 7" cup in it. The thing looked like a 5 gallon bucket.
Seeing something like that makes you think twice about lagging a putt close. I decided I didn't care if I ran the 1st put 8' past because it would be next to impossible to miss from inside 10'. So I jared one dead center from 20'. Confidence is a hell of a drug.
Many years ago I was first out by myself one morning. The day before there had been some sort of silly golf event and one of the greens had a bucket sized hole in it. It was the only hole on the green, so I had no choice to take a run at it with my 20 foot birdie putt.
I left it short.
I hit practice balls every day so no one will ever call me a hack.
The proposals I've heard will serve two purposes.
They'll create a fad that might boost business short term but will disappear almost immediately.
And they'll manage to drive off a lot of their current core customers in the process.
There will be a story on this very site about the fight that took place when a group trying to complete a 4 hole loop cuts in front of someone who's playing 9 or 18. They are going to need to hire off duty cops or retired MMA fighters for marshals.
And dumber. Around here (in season) you cant tell the game is slowing down overall. Yes I know a few guys who have hung it up, so to speak, but there is no let up on the course. The muni's and mid level tracks are packed. The high dollar venues not so much but they wont bring it down to my wallet level.
Crowded tee sheets, high prices, painfully slow golfers and general equipment costs are taking many out. Not to mention, the game is f'ing HARD. Nobody moves up a tee. If they really want to grow the game, don't allow anybody to tee off over 6500 yards on weekends. But I agree with Shallowface. If you gimmick up a course and every hack around comes over I wont be back.
Alas, egos are in the way. The Asians are the worst. Play from the tips and wont let you thru. Sorry, but that's the way it is.
As I sit here in my den pondering a little more on the subject it occurred to me that I have played(hacked)several rounds from the tips anywhere from 6800-7100 yards. Best round of 84. Worked my ass off and got some breaks. Toss on my 'cap' and its a 78. That aint gonna cut it brother. Few pars and no birdies and no real birdie chances. Too many woods and long irons in. It was not fun. But my HDCP says that's where I should be. Bullshit! In reality anything over 6700 qualifies me as a 'hack'.
But I admit it. Too many cant.
No hack golf. Legitimate golf. That's the only way to preserve the greatness of this stupid thing. Hack golf is an attempt to drive golf into the realm of croquet or bocce ball or lawn darts--bullshit games that no one cares all that much about. Accepting the rules and accepting your scores and accepting that the game is hard is the only way to really enjoy this and eventually improve at it. Why are people having such a hard time with golf all of a sudden, to such an extent that they are talking about adapting the rules to make up for their sucking. What gives. Golf has never been easier than now--oceans of equipment to choose from, game improvement technology, oceans of golf instruction in print and video, youtube, etc to help you learn. Smartphones and apps to help you analyze your swing frame by frame. Hmm then again maybe these things are actually making the suckage worse overall.
You are right again Beef. Golf is hard. Golf by the rules is really hard. People now-a-days don't like hard. Some guys improve, some don't. It isn't fair you know.
Baseball is hard, the ball is coming at you at around 100 mph, pretty hard to hit that. So we teach the youngsters to play by putting the ball on a tee for them to hit. Maybe we should ...wait ...nevermind.
Its all about the money. They want more people so they can make more money. If they could figure out how to make more money with less people they'd be all for that. When they say more people its code for more money.
This reminds me of the bumpers that they used to have at my kids' bowling birthday parties so that the ball wouldn't go into the gutter. Great for 9-year old kids, but I doubt if too many regular bowlers want to use bumpers.
Caddyshack 2 sucked
jfish, somehow that comment summed it up better than any other. kudos.
Good one falcon. That's too funny, haaa!
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