Golf reaching out to younger generation — but is it trying too hard?
It's not just golf.
Table tennis announced TTX
just before the Olympics.
I don't think that adding booze to the sport would be a change for most corporate golfers I know.
I'd aver that most of the time when a sport needs to dumb itself down to attract the next generation it has peaked and is vainly trying to recapture past glories. There are some exceptions, however.
I think it's more that the next generation is overly fixated with a tiny screen in front of them than with interacting directly with life.
I think the six hole, final day proposal in the article is silly. If you've managed to make it through the first three 18 hole days, anyone left after that would feel robbed with only six holes on a final day. Conversely, anyone who only possessed the attention span to last six holes wouldn't have survived the first three days.
PWT has undoubtedly been a success story.
@tRicky: I think the 6-hole proposal was meant to appeal to the spectators/TV viewers, rather than the players.
Golf as a spectator sport eventually looks like a wall of sameness. I think the last round should only be 13 holes with two new rules.
1. After each hole a player must remove a club from their bag for the rest of the day.
2. A player must not choose to remove the same club as someone else in the playing party if they have that option.
3. Turn to remove clubs follows inverse of hitting off the tee.
That would introduce some strategy and lead to players making shots as stupid as a typical weekend golfer. The rest of us would really enjoy the humiliation and might watch more final day golf.
MC, my comment applies to both players and spectators.
Spectators don't have to watch all days.
My point is the whole competition still goes for four days. It's only the last day that's 'dumbed down' and anyone who managed to get through the first three was obviously a golf fan in the first place and would feel cheapened by the final day. Anyone who only had the attention span to watch six holes didn't get through the first three days. Either you make it a four day competition or just a slog fest over a short time - can't have it both ways.