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 Ron Sisson on September 23, 2014

If you've been following my posts, I've tried to establish that time and expense are only minor factors deterring golfers from continuing to participate in the game or to take up the sport. Average golfers being able to develop reasonable levels of skill, especially with the long game and the...

By Ron Sisson on September 22, 2014

"Golf is a silly game with instruments ill suited for the purpose." - Winston Churchill

What frustrates the blazes out of me is hearing on a daily basis from the golf culture around me, and specifically the golf teaching culture, that striking a golf ball is unbelievably difficult....

By Victor Romero on September 20, 2014

always 200 yards out on long par fours

By Ron Sisson on September 19, 2014

The most frustrating part of this whole Hack Golf initiative is all the numerous posts about golf being too expensive and taking too long. Indeed, these are definitely minor factors as to whether or not golfers choose to continue their participation in the game: They are not non-factors but...

By Ron Sisson on September 18, 2014

I'm hoping with this post and attached video to shed some light on what, in my opinion, (and it is just that -- my opinion based on what I believe to be common sense, not scientific fact) is the biggest factor driving the trends in recreational golf's rise and its current downward spiral: the...

By Regas Chefas on September 11, 2014

I was following a couple on the golf course a few evenings ago. They were not good golfers. And yet they were studiously measuring their drops, arguing and trying to clarify rules, etc... Life is too short for that crap if you ask me. I competed in golf in high school and was offered a...

By Paul Kenney on September 9, 2014

I have an idea that is working to add to your comments if leaders in golf (both for profit and non profit) would open up the communication lines to what is in everyones backyard.

The communication needs to start with Superintendents at every Independent School District for golf in school...

By Ron Sisson on September 6, 2014

The length of time it takes to play a round of golf is often cited as one of the factors contributing to golf's current stagnation in growth and participation. This strikes me as very odd.

"Why do you find this odd?" you ask?

What I find odd is that it seems that golfers are the...

By Paul Brzozowski on September 5, 2014

My wife is re-entering the game after a ten year layoff, from where she was not that good to begin with. Now, with us both older, she struggles.