If we look at modern day trends in fashion, golf simply does not fit into the culture of the younger generation, it isn´t “hip” or “cool” enough and this is down to the traditions and image that golf has portrayed for decades. Many of the larger manufacturers are beginning to address this and the clothing ranges are becoming more varied with modern styles, cuts and fabrics. But unlike what many may think, this is not the real reason why golf is not being taken up as a sport which we can be enjoyed with family and friends.
It is the second reason that we cited which is the real cause of the decrease in popularity of the sport in the current scheme of things.
Golf simply does not fit into our daily lives anymore, we have too many other things to be doing that it simply gets in the way of everyday lives.
People now find it harder, especially youngsters and those with careers and a family, to justify spending 5 hours or sometimes more at the golf club.
Golf has become too slow and tedious and the fault primarily lies with the governing bodies and the professionals who play the sport for a living.
The governing bodies have guidelines in place to ensure that golf is played to certain time frames, but it simply is not being enforced, rounds of golf are getting longer and longer. A round used to take around 3 hours 40 minutes to complete, but now it is closer to 5.
Are the amateurs playing the game slower? Do they have a lower initial level of play? Are the courses getting greedy and filling up the courses creating a bottleneck of golfers?