""Learn to play (better) golf

Learn how to play golf by first learning the short game and the golf culture, and then proceed to lower iron clubs and woods.

Your first golf clubs and pro assistance

We assume that you are an adult. Buy or borrow max five clubs to be used for short game golf - e g iron 7 and 9, a putter and two wedges - 48 and 56 degrees. They don't have to be custom fitted at this stage. It is a good idea to take a few lessons from a Pro right from the start. Golfing friends are fine, but learn the basics like grip, stance, posture and swing plane from a Pro. We suggest that some of the lessons take place on the course. Some Dropgolf will make your training more realistic. Don't spend too much time at an ordinary driving range.

Spend several hours watching great teachers advising you on - e. g. Youtube.com - about various aspects of the game.
Read some great tips about the short game here.

Improve your short game

Dropgolf has a modern reward model

An increasing number of beginners have played a lot of computer games. In one category of computer games you are supposed to hit fast emerging enemies and you practice your talent for speed and precision. The logic of the game pushes you on with quick and continuous rewards like the number of hits and other rewards. Dropgolf is also a precision game with 18 chances to make a Hole-in-One and has a different and faster reward model than classic golf.

Simplicity is a megatrend

Simplicity beats complexity

It is a megatrend that a product or service should be easy to understand and use.

As we see it, golf has in many ways become more complex, and this has contributed to some of the woes of the golf market. Which factors will influence the development of golf?

Examples of the simplicity of Dropgolf

  • You need fewer clubs in Dropgolf. A pencil bag is enough.
  • The Scorecard is universal and works for all courses.
  • Par is always 50
  • You almost never have to look for lost golf balls.
  • Your Handicap Index is always an integer, no decimals.
  • No GPS-gadgets to measure distance and other factors.

Does the Slope- and Handicap system increase the number in golfers?

It all starts with deciding what the question is. It is quite likely that the Slope system equalizes the players handicap over different courses. However, that success came at a price. The main cost is that it has made more golf and the Handicap system more difficult to understand. We argue that this constitutes a barrier to the entrance of new players and probably many others too.

Many experienced pro:s complain that the Handicap system has become too complicated and earlier one used to be able to teach a beginner the Handicap system in 5-10 minutes, today it is almost impossible.

The Slope system, with its decimals and complicated calculations, and added justice came at a loss in the form of transparency, overview, too much detail and a barrier to entering the game. A large study in Australia in 2013 showed that around 90% of all golf rounds were at the members home Club, where the Slope factor is of no importance for the players.

Let's assume there is an Equalizing gain due to the Slope system for around 10-20% of all rounds played. Has the Slope system increased or perhaps even been part of the decrease in the number of golfers? By the way, did you hear that John-Mary now plays a 17,2 Hcp and not 17,6 - fantastic :-)

In competitions, there will always be those who cheat on their Handicap, the sandbaggers, but one answer to that would be to lower the prizes you can win.

Accessibility and barriers

Here is probably not the right place to suggest how to increase the accessibility to golf, but we suggest a study of many other businesses where simplicity of use has been a driving force. Look at the changes in the imaging business or books and many more.
We hope that golf will improve, cause fewer golfers to become ex-golfers.

coverDropgolf for young men and women

In increasingly many contexts, there is an awareness of the value of gender mixed teams and groups. Golf is still a predominantly male sport, but Dropgolf offers both Pro:s and players a unique way for men and women of all ages to train and play together. Dropgolf is worth trying for the computer game generation who have other perceptions of reward systems - read less patience - than earlier generations.

Learn golf by starting with the short game

Learn golf by short game first

Dropgolf for occasional golfers

Unfortunately, golf is not like biking in the sense that it works fine even when rarely practiced.

Statistics in many countries show that club members play fewer rounds per year which leads to a vicious circle and a risk that a player feels disappointed with his/her game. Unless reversed this experience may lead to yet another ex-golfer.

A few rounds of Dropgolf keeps your golf touch and feel alive and will contribute to making your classic golf better and more fun.

Short game Golf Card

We suggest the introduction of what you may call a Short game Golf Card that is a step towards full access to a golf course. It is more likely that people who master the short game reasonably well will become members of a club, or stay members.

Included in the Short game Card is a basic knowledge of golf etiquette and rules and that you can finish nine holes of Dropgolf at e. g. 50 strokes (stroke play).

Occasional golfers

Read more about Occasional golfers.