Golf Hackathon


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Welcome to Hack Golf—an open-innovation initiative
aimed at crowdsourcing the future of the game.


In the current phase of Hack Golf, we’re asking you to help us diagnose and establish the definitive list of golf’s frustration factors: what makes the entire, end-to-end golf experience less fun than it should be?

To help guide your feedback, below are 10 categories describing different aspects of the golf experience. Please select one or more of these categories and share with us your frustrations and ideas for addressing these (we'll be developing ideas more fully in subsequent phases).


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By Steve Loeffert on April 21, 2014

You guys are missing big picture. Golfers take way to much time looking for balls. With technology today put tiny chip in ball that someway does not hinder ball technology u can scan ball to phone (app) or gps on cart and track ur ball. Im sure that would speed up the game if done correctly. I...

By Stephen Tulley on April 21, 2014

Purely in terms of playing, the rewards (and punishments) of golf are doled out 18 times per round, once for each "per-hole score" relative to par. However, good scoring is the product of "linking" shots together from tee to green. For average golfers, the probability of linking shots together...

By Richard Katz on April 21, 2014

Too many rules are stupid for the average golfer.

By Lobelia on April 20, 2014

Grounding your club in the sand is considered a penalty.

By Lobelia on April 20, 2014

A whiff is a stroke. New players often do this when learning and even experienced one whiff occasionally.

By Newalgier on April 20, 2014

Racism and sexism: Back in my golfing days, a rather fetching friend and I were arranging a golf date at a semiprivate club... after she tried to book the tee time, she tore into my cubicle breathing fire that women weren't permitted on the course before noon on weekends. We went to a movie...

By Martyn Gray on April 20, 2014

I get concerned about pace of play, I'm always looking back at the group following us. I don't want to be tagged as a slow player but I don't want to rush through my round either. One issue I see is around the greens with lining up putts using the line printed on the ball. The player then...

By Sam Williams on April 20, 2014

I don't have a problem with the rules - part of the fun of learning golf was learning the rules. The rules are logical and make sense. The problem is, in my experience very few casual golfers actually play by the rules. A common violation is using a club head to push the ball into a "...

By Eric Filipowicz on April 20, 2014

The biggest problem for golf in today's youth is that it is too expensive versus the alternatives of basketball and football (the two sports I consider most popular today). It's much more affordable to purchase one football or one basketball and play in the field or court for absolutely free. If...