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New Era of Golf Sees Increased Athleticism and Training

In the company of other professional sports like hockey, football, baseball and basketball, the game of golf is seeing an insurgence of performance and athleticism. The sports of today are witnessing increased levels of physical ability and skill levels with every new generation of athletes. Players in the NHL and NFL are brokering record level contracts worth millions and tour golfers are keeping pace, winning potential millions each and every time they play.

While spectator sports bring in money based on national interest, athletes need to continue to improve to keep fans engaged and coming to events. From new equipment like golf simulators to intense levels of training, golfers in the PGA employ every tool at their disposal to better their games.

It never used to be this way, previously many would argue a golfer didn’t need much more than a few practice swings. Others even debated as to whether a golfer was an athlete. Sports writer Steve Silverman says while there may have been a case before, that argument is not valid today.

“Today’s golfers take the game, and the prize money, much more seriously than they did even 10 years ago,” he said.

As a result, golf clubs across North America and Europe have equally stepped up their game. Courses have improved and have become more challenging, and pro shops and club services have seen a boost in offerings to serve golfers needs.

Oakville’s Zack Creed has spent his career in various teaching and management positions such as head pro and golf director, working with a network of golf experts and courses across the United States and Canada. He has been a player, an administrator and even marketer and has witnessed the growing popularity of the game. Creed says with increased revenues and public interest, the game will only improve, as well as the players’ levels of performance and athleticism.

“The pro golfer of today is at peak physical fitness and their skills are fine tuned to the science of the game; they dedicate their lives to becoming better golfers and better athletes,” Zack Creed adds. “The things these athletes can do inspire and amaze, which has led to the game of golf reaching more people than ever before.”

While pro golf is becoming more visible in terms of the impressive feats of physically superior athletes, participation was thought to be on the decline according to 2017 reports.

The National Golf Foundation, however, recently released its 2019 Golf Industry Report. The report assesses the overall health and vitality of golf. According to the report, more than one third of the U.S. population either played, watched or read about golf in the previous year. Participation has halted its decline, and there are now almost as many who play increasingly popular off-course forms of the game such as Topgolf, Drive Shack or on an indoor golfing simulator offered by state of the art facilities nationwide.

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