While the game of golf is probably more popular now than it has ever been, the sport still suffers from the perception of being elitist.
When Tiger Woods is on the prowl, casual fans tune in. On the other hand, ask most people what they think of the game and you would probably get an answer that matches somewhere between the rigidity of the tradition at Augusta and the snootiness of the Bushwood Country Club parodied in Caddyshack.
The reality is, of course, different. It is a game played by millions of all shapes and sizes. Programs such as First Tee try to take the game into the inner cities to be learned and enjoyed by those who need an extra hand in growing up.
Still, unless you play the game, golf is not the easiest sport to turn on and understand the first few times you watch. In today’s fast-paced world, four-hour rounds and trying to follow a little white ball against a jittery sky can seem tedious. It is the only major sport where the lowest score wins. It also has no real dominant stars that finish near the top every single week.
We all know that golf is a great game and a genuine sport. Here are five ways the pro tours can make it easier for the casual fans to understand and watch more often.