Originally Posted by MrGolfAnalogy
I have made a few posts here, but this is my first OP thread. Please understand that I don't have a point to prove here, or a complaint, just an interest in the subject.
Golf is a difficult sport - Agree, in skiing, once you learn to weight the inside edge of a ski and make it turn, you are well on you way to being able to have a fun day.
, and the governing bodies of golf work very hard to prevent it from becoming too easy, with rules and regulations that restrict golf equipment design.
Strongly disagree. The US Golf Association makes the rules with the intent of establishing a level playing field and keeping with the traditions of the game. Can you be more specific about what changes will make the game easy? Hitting the ball with a square clubface going at 90 mph will always be difficult. There is no magic club, tennis racquet, ski, baseball bat etc. I know the USGA has banned some equipment, we can discuss specifics, but, there is a ton of devices marketed to improve your game that never lived up to improvement claims.
A lot of this has to do with competition, but almost all amateur golfers comply with these rules.
- Agree that the rules address competition, but, golf is a game of keeping score. In skiing, we don't keep score and there are no rules...other than the skiers safety code.
Although the intent isn't profitability, the golf industry thrives on golf remaining difficult.
Disagree that the game thrives because of difficulty. It thrives because it's fun to play, at least for those hooked on the sport. Yes, the challenge of consistency and improvement plays a big part in keeping golf fresh and interesting. Golf is not a physically difficult activity in which to participate. The difficulty is playing your misses.
Not only does it drive equipment sales, game improvement products and instruction, but it also contributes to the fascination and addiction that keeps the sport so popular.
You are putting the cart in front of the horse. The sport does not remain popular because of the equipment, the manufacturers remain profitable because of the popularity of golf. Golf and skiing both are equipment centered sports subject to marketing ploys by equipment manufacturers.
There are easier ways to play and teach golf (like non conforming clubs), but they tend to be ignored by the industry and the public.
Again, please be specific. What are the easier ways to teach and learn golf? Instruction is distinct in that it's provided by independent contractors who would do everything in their power to make the game easier to both learn and improve, resulting in more income for that segment of the industry. There are no market forces holding back instruction.
I guess we like the challenge and the industry is happy to keep selling us lessons and equipment.
Both ski shops and golf shops will be glad to take you $$$. Nothing new here and it applies to thousands of other purchases we make. Marketing rules!
Those profiting from the difficulty of golf certainly don't seem to be in a hurry to change the status quo.
Again, you keep coming back to a basic premise that difficulty drives the popularity of golf. That may be truth to you, but, I play because it's fun. I believe most golf service and equipment providers would love to change the status quo as low growth and revenue is an issue. Cost, time and difficulty all make it hard for newer people to enter the sport. Cost and time keep existing customers from returning. Same with skiing.
Does this concept relate to skiing?
I'm really not trying to belittle your question, but, I can't concur with your logic and assumptions. Supplier groups will do whatever they can to entice participants to purchase services based on perceived need. Let the buyer beware.