6 Trends That Could Change the Game of Golf in 2015
Feb 26, 2015
Golf Digest did an excellent job breaking down some of its emerging trends for 2015. Here’s our take on some of those and other trends in the industry:
- Anchors away: We’re getting closer to the PGA Tour ban on anchored putters, so some of the more notable pros have started to make the adjustment in anticipation. American Keegan Bradley is a big-name player who is making the switch this season. It will be fun to see how this affects his putting average. The trendy replacement for anchored putters is the counterbalanced putter. It’s as simple as it sounds. There is more weight loaded at the grip end of the putter to balance the weight of the club head. Because balance is so essential to putting, this should be a relatively simple adjustment for most pros.
- Ryder Cup secret society: OK, not really. But it’s clear the head honchos of the American team want to make sure it’s in the best position to win. When the Ryder Cup comes back to the American shores at Hazeltine in Minnesota, the team wants to put its best foot forward. So expect some forward thinking, but don't expect to hear much about the adjustments that are being made.
- Go pro: The allure of success in pro tournaments is beginning to outweigh the advantage of staying amateur in order to play in majors. Expect younger players in PGA tournaments and expect them to do well.
And now, some trends for the rest of us. Here are some predictions for the golfers who won’t be on tour in 2015.
- Wearable golf technology: This trend may not explode for a few more years, but wearable golf technology is coming. The inventors of golf probably never envisioned golf gloves. Now golfers can attach tiny computers to their golf gloves to help analyze their swings. Traditionalists may not like technology taking over the game. But we’re excited about the opportunity for players to get better.
- Playing fewer holes: How to speed up the game? Well, one way to shorten your time at the course is to play fewer holes. Sometimes you only have time or the desire to play six or 12 holes. It may seem strange to leave some holes on the course, so to speak, but it may be a way to keep fringe players in the game. That could be important to build up the game, as a whole.
- More tracking: We’ll be seeing many more stats for pro golfers on tour, but we’re hoping this will translate to the rest of us as well. With so much technology, it’s much easier for golfers to track their stats beyond their scores. Even tracking simple stats like greens in regulation and putts per round can help you determine what you need to do to get better. You don’t even need high tech to mark these numbers on your scorecard and keep your scorecards organized all season. Just a simple way to help improve your game.
Spring and the full swing of golf season are almost here. We’ll see you on the golf course with shorter putters, heavier grips, computers to analyze our swings, and oh, yes, we’re only playing 12 today.