Power Play Golf is not for me!

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.

 

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3 Comments to “Power Play Golf is not for me!”

  1. I don’t have a problem with the idea of the game. It’s a stableford game with 3 to 4 chances to pick up some extra points, which could make for some fun bets during a friendly game with friends. Not a big deal.

    What I do mind is that it has been copywritten and anybody that wants to play a game of PowerPlay has to pay a licensing fee. No real problem with that – more power to them if they can make a buck off of their idea – BUT – the PowerPlay people, in conjunction with the Golf Channel / NBC have been trying to sell this as the next great improvement to the game and people will start playing golf just because of PowerPlay – which is completely misleading.

    I find it completely dishonest for the Golf Channel people (and I assume Sky Sports did the same thing on other continents) to market this as a human interest idea, but looking for cash behind the scenes.

    • Interesting to hear that perspective. I have to agree with you on pretty much all of this. Will this be the next big thing in golf? I highly doubt it. Just doesn’t seem in line with what golf is all about.

  2. I think’s it fine that someone came up with another gimick for playing the game of golf, making money, and having one tournament a year in this format does little harm. But pushing or marketing this as a “better” way to play golf is just garbage. We all know what golf is and should be. I’d be surprised if “power play golf” is still around in 10 years.

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