I have read about the new format of “Power Play Golf” that is being promoted in a few highly publicized events this year. I don’t know about everyone else, but it seems like a really cheesy attempt at making golf more extreme and exciting for viewers. The people behind power play golf should have taken a good lesson from the flop that was the XFL and left this one alone.
This first obstacle is the fact that they are implementing new rules for the new format. Most people don’t understand the current rules of golf and now they are going to have to figure out what the heck is going on with brand new rules? Sorry, but that isn’t going to happen. I have a feeling that most novice viewers will be lost at the first sight of two flags on the green.
Just the name alone makes it seem like golf is trying to take a stab at an X-games type feel to golf which is never going to happen. Golf is a game built on tradition and there is no getting around that. No matter how much the high ups in golf want to reach new markets and grow their viewer base they will always be hindered by the fact that golf is a game of tradition. It doesn’t have the flash of end zone dances and huge hits like some other sports. Tiger changed that for a time when he was dominating, but that isn’t the case anymore. Just look at who is the new world #1! It is a scrappy looking Englishman who doesn’t hit it much further off the tee than most lower handicap players. He is steady in his game and is a great putter, but lacks all of the flare that Tiger did.
That last sentence might sound like a bad thing, but I assure you I 100% think it is a good thing. I truly believe golf is one of the pure sports left out there. It doesn’t have the big ostentatious draft day like the NBA or NFL. It’s players don’t have tattoos from head to toe. The game is played with respect and integrity. Most NBA players try to get fouled in order to make baskets and gain an advantage. PGA tour players call penalties on themselves just to preserve the integrity of the game.
What I am really trying to say is that I don’t like the idea of power play golf and I think the powers that be should leave golf alone. It is a wonderful game of tradition and respect. Those two character traits have largely been lost in the world of sport recently and we should embrace them where they still remain in tact.