New junior Golf Website Launches in January to Help Shore up Participation Among Youthful Players, says Golfersadvice.com
Austin, TX. (PRWEB) November 24, 2011
A new junior golf website dedicated to shoring up participation in the game will launch this January, 2012, says golfersadvice.com, a golf news and instructional destination. According to the website, which publishes a number of golf-related books and online golf travel sites, the new junior golf website is an effort stem the continued erosion in the game, especially among
young golfers and women.
“We’re taking to heart what Jack Nicklaus has been trumpeting for years… that golf has to become more ‘user friendly’ in order to survive,” said golfersadvice.com senior writer Joe Brown. “Nobody could have put it any better than Mr. Nicklaus when he said, ‘we’ve lost 34 percent of junior golfers and 23 percent of female players. If you’re the CEO of a corporation and have those numbers, you say, ‘what do I do?’”
Brown believes that launching a new website in these troubled economic times may not be the best business strategy, if something isn’t done to keep kids playing the game, the sport could suffer irreparable losses in the future.
“For a kid to stick with golf on their own, they’ve got to be tremendously motivated,” said Brown, who said his 11-year old son chose video games over golf last summer after becoming frustrated with the sport. “I mean, a kid doesn’t start off playing tackle football, or step into the batters box to face a 60 mph fastball in little league. Instead, they gradually build their skills and gain confidence until their ready to actually play the sport in earnest. In junior golf, though, we throw our kids to the lions and expect them to love it.”
Brown says the new junior golf website will focus on equipment, golf tips, special discounts, and new rules and golf courses intended to make the game more enjoyable for the entire family.
“For example, we wholeheartedly endorse the modified event that Nicklaus hosted earlier in the year,” Brown said. “It was a 12-hole tournament with the tees moved forward. And circumferences of the holes were eight inches, as opposed to 4.25 inches. The junior golfers loved the event, because they got to watch more balls drop into the cup, which is so crucial in building confidence in this game.”
Brown also believes that cutting a round of golf from 18 holes to 12 holes will naturally attract more families. “In today’s stressful world, between work, school and shuttling the kids all over town for lessons – fewer and fewer families have time to spend five plus hours on the golf course. At Jack’s event, the longest around was a little over two hours – a more reasonable time frame for busy families.”
Brown says the new junior golf website will extensively cover the USGA’s ‘Tee it Forward Program that enables beginning players to move the tee forward enough to make the holes more age appropriate in length. “If the game doesn’t face the realities of the times and adjust accordingly, we’ll become irrelevant as a sport. That’s why we feel this new junior golf website is so important.”
The publishers of golfersadvice.com also believe that with golf returning as an Olympic sport for the first time in 100 years, this is an ideal time to generate interest in the sport with youngsters.
“Our coverage of the 2016 Olympics in Rio will actually start in February,” Brown said. “I can’t think of a better way to fire up junior golfers in the game than by writing about the Olympics. In fact, one of our regular features on the junior golf website will be called ‘The Road to Rio.” The new junior golf website will also feature stories written by kids about the sport from their perspective, including event coverage, equipment tips and specific kid-friendly golf courses.
For additional information on the new junior golf website, including content and scheduled events, go to http://golfersadvice.com/157/golf-fitness-exercises-for-your-junior-golfer.html.