First, it’s important to know that I don’t play golf. I’ve never had a lesson, I’ve never been on a course, and the only time I’ve swung a club was when I was 9 or 10 years old at a driving range in Texas.
However, as someone who has spent their entire adult life writing about the game of golf, I do have some insight into what makes it so appealing to golfers, and why so many non-golfers have trouble grasping its appeal.
So when we set out to make this video – 8 Non-Golfers Reveal Why They’re Enthusiastic About Golf – we wanted to know why these people were excited about playing golf. As you’ll see from their responses, many were able to express exactly what it is about the game that is so alluring. There’s also some common themes that run throughout the video.
Spending time with friends and family is one of the biggest reasons for taking up the game. For many people, including the folks in our video, golf provides an opportunity to spend quality time with friends or family members and bond with them in ways that aren’t always possible in everyday life. The camarader
This is the first in a series of blogs about how to get your friends and family members interested in playing golf. Today, we’re going to talk about 8 non-golfers who are enthusiastic about golf.
They’re not golfers, but they’re enthusiastic about golf. They love watching the pros play and they love watching their local heroes win tournaments. They don’t play golf themselves, but they love being a part of the game by helping out at junior tournaments and volunteering at the local club.
These people are passionate about golf, and they have some cool ideas for how you can get your friends and family members involved in the game. Here are a few:
1. Get them involved in junior tournaments.
If there’s a local junior tournament or league that needs volunteers, offer to help out! Junior tournaments usually need people to carry bags, set up tee boxes or even help keep score. This is a great way for your friends and family members to be a part of the tournament without actually playing in it.
If you’re having trouble trying to get your friends and family involved in the game, don’t worry. You’re not alone. For every new player who picks up a club and plays once or twice before giving it up, there are a number of others who have tried the game and stuck with it.
In a recent survey we conducted with GolfNow, more than half of the respondents said they had played golf at some point in their life but were no longer playing. But for those who still do play, 95% said the game has given them something positive.
To further understand how and why people are getting into golf, we asked eight non-golfers what excites them about the sport. Here’s what they had to say.
You’ve probably heard the statistics that one in three golfers would like to get someone they know into the game, and a similar number say they haven’t tried because they don’t know any golfers.
So it makes sense that we’re all trying to spread the word about how enjoyable and accessible golf can be. But with so many of us trying to do the same thing, it does make you wonder how many non-golfers we’re actually reaching.
If you’re not sure what message is coming across when you talk about the game with your friends or family, we asked eight people who are passionate about golf why they love the sport – and what convinced them to give it a go.
New golfers are a blessing and a curse. They’re a blessing because they show that we’re doing our job and that the game is continuing to grow. They’re a curse because they tend to take up a lot of time with questions and need help with just about everything.
But through my own recent experience with “newbies,” I’ve realized just how important it is to put out extra effort for these folks. They’re the ones who will continue to keep the game going in years to come, so it’s critical that we give them every opportunity to succeed. And in turn, they can spread their enthusiasm through social media, conversations, etc., to help bring more people into the fold.
That got me thinking. I thought it would be interesting to get non-golfers’ perspectives on why they’re excited about the sport and what they’re looking forward to most when they hit the course for their first round.
I reached out to some friends on Facebook who aren’t golfers yet but have expressed interest in trying the game at some point in 2018. These are people who don’t know much about golf but have been exposed to it somehow (they have friends or family who play, they watch the game on TV or read articles online, etc.).
I recently wrote about why I think golf is one of the greatest games. I talked about how it’s not only a game, but also a lifestyle, and how it brings me great joy.
All of that may be true, but I thought it would be fun to see what non-golfers have to say on the topic. I asked around in my office, and they were more than happy to share their opinions.
Some of the responses were expected (it’s a walk in the park), while others surprised me (the outfits). But all of them were really fun to read!
Here are eight reasons why non-golfers love golf:
Today, we’re going to pull back the curtain on our research and share what we’ve learned.
While this is a “quick read”, it’s also an important one. If you want your non-golfing friends and family to join you on the course, this article will help you understand what they need.
So without further ado, let’s get started!