Golf is gaining popularity with time, but it was always not so. Recently, golf has been included in the 2016 Summer Olympics Games. This means that golf is set to see more fans in the coming years. But it is also a highly costly game and this is the major reason that golf has not become as popular as other games.
It is a known fact that the United States has about 26 million golf players. And more than a third of the U.S. population are fans of golf. Yet, there are some reasons that golf is not taken up by more people as a professional sport. We have discussed the 8 top reasons why golf has not become a more popular sport in this article.
1. Cost Of Basic Golf Gear
The cost of just the basic golf gear like golf clubs is very high. If a person buys a golf club set from any good golf equipment brand, it would cost at least $200. This is a high amount as compared to buying gear for other games like hockey, where you can buy the bat and ball with lesser amount comparatively.
Though you need not break your bank to buy the golf clubs, with the cost of other necessary equipment, you could come close to dipping low into your bank account. This essentially makes golf a rich man's sport.
2. Cost Of Other Golf Equipment
Golf is a highly sophisticated game and it needs good precision. To help golfers play a good round of golf, there is a myriad of golf device products available in the market. Top golf equipment manufacturers have good golf GPS devices like golf GPS watches, laser rangefinders, hybrid devices and other equipment to help golfers spot the hole and hit it precisely.
Also, there are devices like which help golfers to analyze the swing, track stats and other essential functions. Though these devices are almost unavoidable for a good game of golf, they cost high amount of money.
3. Cost Of Golf Lessons
Some golfers are natural at the game and may not need any golf lessons. But a few people might want to go for golf lessons to learns the tips and tricks from experienced players. This costs dough too.
4. Cost Of Golf Club Memberships
Speaking nothing of the golf club memberships itself built up golf as a costly game considering the above points. But when you actually look at the cost of a golf club membership, it is jaw-dropping. Some clubs charge as much as a whopping $6,000 per year for membership.
5. Ignoring Golf In Popular Media
Also, golf is not well publicized in the regular media like TV and newspapers. Though top games are in fact covered, the reach is fairly limited. Even when the golf games are shown on the television, the general public is not aware of the events and miss watching them.
6. Attitude Of General Public
Coming to the attitude of general public, it is easy to notice that golf is not even spoken often enough in conversations among people of any age group. This is because other popular games like baseball steal the limelight and leave little time and space for golf. Even when someone gets a gift for their son, it would be a baseball glove rather than a golf club set. Is it not? And this is also because of the fact that golf is not a well known sport to people.
7. Specifications Of The Game
Also, the specifications of golf can be a little complicated and intimidating at for new golfers. With all the holes, tees, clubs, yardages, hazards, drivers and such terms, golf sounds a little overwhelming. This makes people tend to stay well away from golf. But all is not lost, the specifications are fairly manageable if one keeps at it constantly.
8. Dedication Required
Golf is one of the sports that requires high amount of dedication and perseverance. It is not easy to achieve a good swing even with months of practicing. It often takes years to reach a good level and play a great game. Lesser handicaps can be seen only if a golfer continuously strives to reach that goal with dedication.
Though golf is increasingly becoming more popular, it is still confined to a few classes of people, mainly because of the high cost involved. We hope that with this year's Olympics, many people will see that golf is a really fun game that involves both mental and physical skills.
We also feel that, this will cause more people to show interest in the game and also that the golf equipment manufacturers find innovative ways to reduce the cost of golf products so that many more people can afford the game and enjoy it.