Golf Hackathon

HOW DO WE MAKE GOLF MORE FUN FOR EVERYONE?

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

DIAGNOSING THE FUN PROBLEM

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 GrampaB73 on July 23, 2014

We do not need to follow all of the Rules of Golf during casual play. Search for "modifiedrulesofgolf" and read the modified rules and the explanations. The USGA in its Handicap Manual only require that we play by the Principles of the Rules of Golf to have a valid Handicap. And if you do not...

By Mike Paduano on July 23, 2014

Since the earliest origins of the game, golf has seen an upward tick in participation for lilies to 500 years. At least in my experience, about 15 years ago, a lot of courses started putting in "natural" or fescue rough everywhere, breaking the progression of grass getting shorter. I'm pretty...

By Karl Hellmann on July 22, 2014

AS a Marshal on a very busy course...I see many golfers who are obviously affected by Pro Golf on Tv. This week, to prove my point a golfer was emulating Keegan Bradley's pre-shot routine. This golfer made 7 on a par 4 and performed the pre-shot routine 7 times...
Had his group been on...

By Patrick Guilbault on July 22, 2014

Spending 5 or more hours for a game of golf is frustrating. What's even more frustrating is watching someone "mark" his ball for a 9" putt. Come on... Let's move on.

Slow play seems to be the number one issue with current golfers. Let’s make sure we keep them before trying to recruit new...

By Pat Gallagher on July 20, 2014

I'm fascinated by how much power and influence the USGA has over all of the stakeholders in the game: course operators, equipment makers, television executives and actual players. Serious golfers ought to play by the rules, but don't call the rest of us who play by our own rules as "cheaters"......

By Craig Lonsdale on July 20, 2014

I love golf but was not reliably getting maximum fun from my experience until I joined Social Golf Australia (SGA) about five months ago. Until then my golf experiences often involved slow play and I was just one random visitor to each course I played. I also missed the thrill of friendly...

By Pat Gallagher on July 20, 2014

Currently there is no genuine innovation in the design of golf equipment. R&D is restricted to what the USGA will deem "conforming". Flashy graphics, moving a few grams of weight around, passing "white" or "black" colored drivers as innovation may lure some core golfers to buy, but...

By Craig Lonsdale on July 18, 2014

Many of the contributions to HackGolf agree that the game of golf is held back by the difficulty of learning to swing the club and the time taken to master it. Most also agree that slow play would be improved if the average golfer was a better player. Maybe golfers would learn faster is they...

By Craig Lonsdale on July 17, 2014

The arrival at golf clubs and many public access courses is often an unfriendly experience from the beginning. At many courses, the best car-parking spots are reserved for “The Club President”, “The Club Captain”, “The Club Professional” etc. etc. At my local municipal course, the best ten...

By Craig Lonsdale on July 17, 2014

Golf might be more enjoyable for me if large corporations could be encouraged to take more of an interest in my golf. There are plenty of businesses that want to incentivise me to like them or their products via promotions where they give away movie tickets or restaurant meals or other “free”...

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