Here's a thought, I just don't think golf has ever been a young persons sport, by and large. Alot of people tend to filter into the game by chance when they get older and have disposable income (me for one). Could be for many reasons - business associations, introduction through friends/coworkers, plain curiosity, etc. Funny, looking back on it in my case ... I must have walked past the golf dept in Dicks Sporting Goods hundreds and hundreds of times on my way to the fishing dept over all my years - never once even gave it a thought, ever. Then I played one time & got hooked () ... nowdays, I rarely even make it past the golf section to the fishing dept.
Most young kids get into the game through their parents, and they're the lucky ones - parents have to be financially able and offer support / sacraifice to get their kids into it - transportation, cost of tee times, lessons, junior clubs, time, etc. I just think golf has always been a sport for the more affluent amongst us - not always, but more often than not. And most importantly, kids have to WANT to play ... I have a nephew who was given everything by his father who is a serious golfer & has absolutely no interest (having to actually work at golf goes against his aptitude for video games, for which I understand he is legend amongst his peers, and where he gets his jollies). So many factors influence peoples decisions to start golfing ... I just don't think it's ever been about young people.
Seems for a person to get involved with golf, there has to some sort of introduction to the game. Either through family, friends, coworkers, business contacts, etc. I could be wrong, but I doubt very many people just see golf on TV, and think to themselves., that looks like fun, maybe I'll buy some clubs and try it ...
Edited by inthehole - 3/4/13 at 9:26pm