Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 3, NUMBER 80
Friday, April 20, 2012
ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I don't really think about scores, lately I've been trying to do as little as possible with everything involved with golf. Like if I'm hitting bad on the range, I won't even work it out. I'll just quit hitting balls and go home. Instead of thinking about my swing, I'm thinking about the shot instead of my swing and how to execute the shot. It's almost like I'm playing better golf because I'm thinking more on the golf course.”
BRAIN TEASER: 23 holes-in-one were recorded in 2011 (45 events), but already there have been 22 aces (through 17 events) in 2012. The record (since 1971) for most holes-in-one during a PGA TOUR season is 44 set in 1994. Do you know which player possesses the most career hole-in-ones on TOUR since 1971?
COME BACK AND ALL IS FORGIVEN: The National Golf Foundation is reporting the number of “golfers” that have left the game in 2011 is improving. According to the NGF, 400,000 walked away from the game in 2011. While the number is alarming in its own right, it appears better when held in comparison to the exodus recorded previously in the US. Case in point, one million golfers from 2009 to 2010 were lost and 1.5 million between 2008 and 2009. In years past the challenges the game endures is the time it takes to play, the difficulty level involved and the costs associated with it. The latter appears to be the reason for the drop off in recent years due to the “great” recession, according to the NGF. Last year’s numbers is considered a potential sign bouncing along the bottom of the trough and on the verge of a modest recovery the NGF suspects. Based on past NGF research, this pattern would be similar to how golf rebounded when the country emerged from previous recessions.
Nevertheless, inside the numbers is where it becomes interesting. The NGF reported 25.7 million Americans (age 6+) played at least one round of golf in 2011. That represents a national golf participation rate of 9.0% for the year. Golf remains one of the most popular participation sports in this country.
Additional sub-segment detail on the 25.7 million golfers who played in 2011:
• 6.8 million Avid golfers (25+ rounds annually and incl. in the Core number below)
• 14.4 million Core golfers (8+ rounds annually)
• 11.3 million Occasional golfers (fewer than 8 rounds annually)
• 2.4 million Junior golfers (age 6-17)
• 5.1 million adult Female golfers
5.4 million non-Caucasian (incl. Hispanic, African-American and Asian-American)
The NGF hasn’t determined of the 400,000 individuals it’s reporting have left the game, which sub-segment any or all of them fall under. By default it may be an easy conclusion to imply it is the “occasional” player that was impacted first and foremost. This is important since the “avid” player is considered the economic driver to the industry. They are the consumers who are regularly buying equipment and tee times. Its doubtful any business, inside or out of golf, can rely on a customer that makes one trip a year to any facility, which is part of the NGF’s definition of a golfer. Junior golfers, for example, lack the disposable income to enjoy the game on frequent basis unless it is being subsidized from someone else. Since 2008, the NGF is reporting nearly 3 million Americans have left the game, which challenges any industry let alone one that is subject to seasonality due to weather patterns. Perhaps once the recession is no longer a part of the American way, golf will see some of its lost sons and daughters return. However, it may also simply be a case of less to work with, for those that are fortunate to apply their talents to a game they love.
DA? In recent years it’s become somewhat fashionable to decry golf isn’t growing. Fact is it hasn’t for more than a few years. Nevertheless, the recent admission into the 2016 summer Olympic Games is considered a break golf desperately needs to take advantage of. The reason is that foreign governments may subsidize golf to its populous in an effort to win gold in Rio. It could be a long shot or the only chance golf has to be accepted in destinations it otherwise hasn’t stood a chance before. For example, Russia known for its cold winters may adapt to what many of its residents may consider an aristocratic sport due to the lure of gold. READ MORE>>>
LOOKING FORE A REPEAT: World number three Lee Westwood battled heat and humidity before shooting a blemish-free second round four-under-par 68 in the Indonesian Masters on Friday. READ MORE>>>
THERE’S ALWAYS NEXT TIME: Thirteen year-old Chinese prodigy Guan Tian-lang has missed out on becoming the youngest ever player to make the cut in a European Tour event after finishing 12-over par at the China Open. READ MORE>>>
NO WORRIES? Authorities say Australian pro golfer Matthew Giles has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after he crashed his car into a home southeast of Phoenix. READ MORE>>>
ANSWERS: Valero Texas Open first round leader, Matt Every, who set the course record of 63, said, “I don't really think about scores, lately I've been trying to do as little as possible with everything involved with golf. Like if I'm hitting bad on the range, I won't even work it out. I'll just quit hitting balls and go home. Instead of thinking about my swing, I'm thinking about the shot instead of my swing and how to execute the shot. It's almost like I'm playing better golf because I'm thinking more on the golf course.”
Most Holes-in-One, By Player (since 1971)
Hal Sutton 10
Robert Allenby 8
Hubert Green 8
Scott Hoch 7
Gil Morgan 7
Corey Pavin 7
Bob Tway 7
Lanny Wadkins 7
Willie Wood 7
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