If there’s one thing we can take from the legacy of the late Ken Trowbridge, besides his passion for the game and the golf industry, it’s his penchant for voicing his opinion on issues that matter within the business.
As Kevin Thistle pointed out in this blog, he had some lively discussions with Trow after a few of his columns, but even though he might have disagreed with his opinion, he felt Trowbridge was doing it for the right reasons.
“Controversy isn’t a bad thing and Ken’s columns were always for the betterment of the game and the Canadian PGA,” wrote Thistle.
Part of our job here at GNN is to not only be a source of news and information, but also a place in which people within the industry are welcomed to voice their thoughts and opinions. That’s the reason for the GNN Poll, which we will get to in a minute, and the Comments section below each story
Having a strong opinion doesn’t mean you’re rocking the boat, no does it mean you have to demean anybody who has a differing opinion.
Opinions simply mean you’re passionate about what you do and with all of the challenges facing golf these days, the industry needs some new ideas from that type of person instead of apathy from somebody who might just regard the game and business as simply a job.
Thistle made a good point in his blog last week.
“Just because we do something for 50 years, it doesn’t mean that it’s right in this day and age,” wrote Thistle.
In short, opinion can be constructive, not destructive and should be welcomed by all corners of the golf industry if we are to move forward.
Some people have questioned our use of comments by people who use a pseudonym or alias, but our policy is that as long as that person has a legitimate message and isn’t going over the top and demeaning people, then we’ll publish it. We take such comments on a case-by-case basis.
What I’ve always wondered is why those people feel they need to use a pseudonym or alias? Is it their perception or reality that somebody – be it a person in charge at the business they work for or the association in which they circulate – might come down hard on them?
That brings us to this week’s GNN Poll.
Do you feel inhibited when it comes to voicing your opinion in the golf industry?
- YES (50%)
- NO (50%)
Be sure to contribute to the Comments section below.
What goes on in the golf industry will affect your very livelihood. You should have an opinion on matters that affect it.