This years’s North Texas LPGA Shootout started off in the Media Center and then lead SyncLab Media to take a greater role in covering the event. Here is where it started.
Lots of questions are being asked about the new events and I hope I can answer a few of these questions everyone has while I am here at the LPGA Shootout Media Center inside the Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas.
The first question I am asked is..
What the Heck is a Shootout?
Like in all things in Golf there seems to be a unique language spoken by it’s players. The term Shootout is used to challenge an opposing golfer or group of golfers to determine who is the better golfer. Naturally, most people are thinking the word Shootout refers to the Old West which Texas has history with having a few well know Shootouts..one of the most famous being held a few years ago down in San Antonio between a bunch of Texans and a horde of Mexicans fighting over some joint called the Alamo.
But..now days the word Shootout is used in Golf as a description of an event where a group of Golfers are going to let their Golf Shots do the talkin and to sort out who determines who is the better golfer. And here at the Las Colinas Country Club the ladies of the LPGA have one tough golf courses to demonstrate their shot making.
With a $1.3 Million purse to shot for and 49 of the Top 50 women professional golfers shooting for it…yes..there is going to be a Shootout in Dallas and I will be here to see.
Hope you can make it to the event or watch it on the Golf Channel..it’s going to be FUNNNNNNN!
Pace of Play is an Issue
It is getting that time of year when the winds get chilly and the days get shorter. For golfers, Winter is a very frustrating time of year. To get in a full round of 18 holes and get other things done during the day, playing golf in the Winter becomes rather challenging ordeal. Throw in a 30 minute wait on backed up tee times and then play 5+ hour round of golf..the golf course seems to lose on pace of play.
Over at the golf courses they also have challenges that are based on the short amount of sun light available during the day to get enough rounds of golf in to keep the course open for play. To get as much play as they can to pay the bills tightly packing the course with golfers usually is the ruling factor for each day. This is a win for the golf course on pace of play..if they can pull it off.
So, when the challenges of the golfer meets the challenge of the golf course who usually wins?
Actually the correct answer is..Nobody wins when it comes to Pace of Play. Of course, pace of play issues can lean one way to the other if the golf course blatantly schedules too many tee times. The word of mouth marketing golfers can generate from the golf course through social networking can today turn the golf course to quickly be the losers.
However, things go against golfers who do not play the course to their skill level. Playing from the back tees when your handicap is 15 is not a playing the golf course to that skill level. Doing this make the golfer the loser of the pace of play issue since they usually are the cause for the pace of play.
The golf course management wins in this case by asking them to move on to the next hole. Sure, this will more than likely upset the golfers being asked to move on, but the multitudes of golfers waiting behind them are more apt to fire off a friendly remark on Google+ for the golf course thinking of them.
Rules Should Change
Overall, if there was a rule in Golf that needed more review, the Pace of Play Rule would really help Golf as a whole. During my interviews of golfers over the years I found that many of them..over 88%… mimic their style of golf from the Pros they see on TV. Even if their skill level is at a beginner level and just because they jacked a drive at the driving range 300+ yards, they see themselves as being able to play from the same place the Pro’s play. A solution here would be to show on TV the Pro’s pace of play and what happens when they are penalized for slow play. Since many golfers mimic the Pro Golfers..maybe seeing them get penalized will also be mimic by the golf courses that allow them to play outside their skill level.
Sometimes this behavior of playing outside a player’s skill level is egged on by their golfing buddies who either can play to a Pro skill level or have the mentality that 10% of the interviews have..if I paid $100 for this tee time, I’m playing a $100 worth…and play from the back tees when they can’t hit it past the forward tees.
The common denominator of slow play in most cases is golfers playing outside their skill level. The solution to this would be to develop an evaluation or certification program for golfers to take so the golf courses know what set of tees the golfers is to play from. This means every golf would have to have golf lessons..wow that is a novel idea for many.
Change In Thinking
Of course, golf courses are going to take every opportunity to bring in more revenue through scheduling more tee times. Even if all of the golfers were playing from their proper tees, placing Too Many golfers on a golf course…meaning reducing the 8 to 10 minutes between tee times… is going to cause pace of play.
In the end, no matte what action or plan is put into place the golf course and Golf lose the debate on pace of play. When golfers can’t play 18 holes in less than 4 1/2 hours, when they have to wait more than a minute between shots the entire round and when golf becomes a chore to deal with, Golfers are going to stop playing golf. You can take all the belly putters out of golf and it is not going to keep someone from plumb bobbing their fifth putt. It falls upon the golf courses, the golf clubs and golf professions to manage and teach the pace of play for golf. Once this is done, all will be better..not perfect, but better..in golf.
More needs to be done to make golf more pleasurable and there should be some solutions to offer to help pace of play. I am sure you have a few, let’s hear them.
Let me know how I can help.
Why? There were two reasons why I decided it was time to get back to doing what I set out to do eight years ago.
The first reason has to do with recently being asked by a number of people and groups, Google being one, to offer my thoughts on Golf and the state the golf business.
The second reason deals with me also seeing a need to offer my experience to the golf industry in helping them understand how to use social media effectively.
Different Approach Needed
Golf is a different industry than others with a different set of problems which makes the approach Golf needs to take to effectively use the internet different.
It’s all about the change Golf needs to make to getting back to Golf being Social.
How I am going about doing this this time is a little different than before. This time I am using Google+ and the power of the HangOut to offer up answers to people’s questions and interview people in the golf world. These will be live video chats that anyone can watch. The recorded videos will be on YouTube under the Business Golf Playlist for Mr Business Golf Show.
It’s going to be fun..it’s going to be informative and it is going to be Social!!!
Hope to see YOU on Google+.
It is true! Mr Business Golf, aka Scot Duke, is back and will be exclusively on Google+. Mr Business Golf G+ Profile
If you are not familiar with Google Plus you should. As online social networking rapidly moves to Social Search Google leads the way with Google +, social networking with benefits.
Mr Business Golf has always been about finding the things that really work to promote golf and business. Google has now stepped up to plate to improve social networking by offering more tools to better facilitate online social networking.
Mr Business Golf will be bringing back the popular Mr Business Golf Show where different people from around the world of golf and business will be interview using the G+ HangOut On Air. Those live video HangOuts will be seen right here on the Mr Business Golf blog site. The recorded programs will be placed on YouTube for others who missed the live show to view.
Fun With a Purpose
Make sure to stay tuned to the Mr Business Golf G+ Page as well as right here on the Mr Business Golf blog for more information on what is going on in the wonderful world of business golf.
See you all on Google Plus!!!!