Donald Trump is good for the game of golf

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Times have changed, the world has changed, business has changed but through it all Donald Trump remains the same.

Love him or hate him, all ‘The Donald” does is win, win ,win.  So when it comes to the game of golf which he adores, should it be surprising to see that he continues to flex his considerable resources in order to fulfill his appetite for opportunity?  You have to remember that once Trump gets an idea, an idea that he feels is right, that he’ll never ever quit or give up on it.  When you take a quick look back at the history of his other 16 golf courses you’ll see that Trump has a track record for buying up troubled resorts and retooling them, with an end goal to return the resorts to profitability.

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In Voke We Trust – New Titleist Vokey Design TVD Wedges

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In Voke We Trust.. our short game.. our scoring.. and wedge grinds that you can find being played by the best of the best on the PGA Tour.

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Following the release of the SM5 wedge back in January, Titleist has announced the addition of a new TVD (Tour Van Design) line that features TX3 grooves and additional grind options for the TVD-M and TVD-K.

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Future stars Noh & Ko shine bright over the weekend…

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Seung-Yul Noh posted a final round score of 19-under 269 to record his first PGA Tour victory at the Zurich Classic.  It was a bittersweet moment as he dedicated his first PGA Tour win to South Korean ferry victims.  With the win Noh becomes the youngest winner on tour for 2014, he accomplished the feat by going lights out (bogey-less) on his first 54 holes.

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6 most important reasons to buy the new Garmin Approach S4

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Like most other consumer electronics the lifecycle on the Garmin Approach watches are quite short with an expected upgrade available ahead of each golf season.  2014 is no exception to this rule and Garmin has introduced the new and improved Approach S4.  The big question for most potential buyers? Do the Garmin Approach S4 enhancements make it a worthy golf purchase?

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Best of both worlds – Adicross Gripmore

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The super comfy hybrid golf shoe continues to be a huge hit with golfers. Unsurprisingly a lot of that comfort has to do with the evolution of the cleat – going from metal spikes, to soft spikes, to spike-less.  The one complaint that is often brought up would be “slippage”.  Though the current gen spike-less offerings are pretty good, they still tend to lack in performance when it comes to wet conditions.

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Cheyenne Woods tosses sweet first pitch curveball at Rays game

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A few nights ago at the Tampa Bay Rays game Cheyenne Woods showed off some sweet baseball skills when she took the step to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and tossed a mean old curveball across the plate.

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Growing the game of golf through a Target Oriented Practice Golf experience!!

Wait a sec, it’s totally not what you think! Disregard the “full name” we’re talking Top Golf.

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TopGolf is a sports entertainment facility where you meet up with friends and enjoy a gamified version of the ol’ driving range.  The golf balls are chipped for tracking and you’re hitting into a skeeball range on steroids.  All the scoring/shot accuracy/distance is kept tracked on a slick interface that you can monitor on flatscreens.  But the key to the concept is that people aren’t just here to golf.  They are out to have a great time and golf just happens to be a part of that experience.

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Congratulations to Lydia Ko! 17 year old is named to TIME – 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE

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Huge day for Miss Ko! She is one of 2 people to make the list under 20 and joins Cristiano Ronaldo, Jason Collins, Richard Sherman and Serena Williams as the only athletes on this year’s list.  It’s a huge accomplishment and recognizes the important role that she will have in the coming years to help grow the game of golf.

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It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s Hack Golf to The Rescue!

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In case you missed the Hack Golf pop up in the NY times… It was a great little read about the state of the game and the movement that’s happening to both grow and potentially save the game of golf.

 

The current situation in the US via the National Golf Foundation is bleak:

  • Golf has lost five million players in the last decade.
  • 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers are likely to quit in the next few years.
  • People under 35 are turned off by the game – why? the game takes too long/it’s too difficult to learn/there are too many rules

We’re not immune from these issues in Canada – The 2012 NAGA: Canadian Golf Consumer Study sounded the alarm bells on the opportunity to reach and engage Canadian golfers.

  • 4.2 million golfers are at risk  to leave the game with 2.2M deemed to be infrequent golfers and another 2M as occasional golfers.
  • This at risk group accounts for 74% of the effective population

 

So where do we go from here?

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Matt Kuchar’s dagger to win the 2014 RBC Heritage

Matt Kuchar makes a 56 foot hole out from bunker on the par-4 18th hole to win the 2014 RBC Heritage.  It was a crazy shot and showed a ton of emotion from Kuch, but how much better would it have been if he unleashed some of The Truth on the crowd and his playing partner Brian Harman? Well wonder no more…

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