Ten years ago, if I had a birdie for every time I heard about the effect of Tiger Woods in growing participation in golf, I would be Tiger now.
We all know that didn’t happen and looking at the growth of the game in North America, you have to wonder whether the “Tiger effect” was more myth than reality 14 years after his career as a full-time PGA Tour player began.
Forget for a moment the sex scandal that has dogged Woods for the past year and think about when he was an exciting, young player breaking out on tour back in 1996. According to the theories, he would draw juniors, minorities and women to the game and even be a catalyst for core golfers to play more.
Tiger is definitely the guy who spikes television ratings whenever he’s playing, but that’s a different story. From a golf industry perspective, did his arrival at the pinnacle of the game spark cause people to either take up the game or play more? If it did, is that spike in participation still being felt today?
How do you see it? That brings us to the GNN Poll for this week.
How would you describe Tiger Woods’ effect on participation in golf?
You have multiple choices to choose from on the GNN Poll on the home page. Be sure to cast your vote and there’s plenty to discuss in the Comments section below.
Perhaps, Tiger did have an impact, but it’s since been negated by the economy. It could be that Tiger was more of an exciting player to watch than a catalyst for participation.
There are a variety of topics to discuss on this matter, so let it rip in the Comments section below.