This is part 4 of a series of articles highlighting the reasons why playing the game is a challenge for 18 to 34-year-olds. Read the rest of the series.
Golf is a challenge because it is one of the most, if not the most, time consuming and expensive sports to be involved in. The startup costs alone can be very prohibitive, especially to a young professional that doesn’t have any of the required equipment. A set of new irons can be anywhere from $400 to $1400 and that’s not even including the Driver, Fairway Woods, Wedges and Putter. All in all, there could easily be $2000 spent and not a golf ball hit or a club swung. I do not know many young professionals that can afford to spend $2000 on something they have no experience with and don’t even know if they’ll fully enjoy.
The other preventative aspect is time. Everyone on earth is gifted with the same 24 hours in a day, but after sleep and work there aren’t that many hours left for play. This is especially true for millennial golf enthusiasts who are trying to make a name for themselves in the business world. As young professionals, we are in the period of our career where we are trying to “pay our dues” in order to get ahead and stay ahead. In most cases, the desire to get ahead leads to working longer hours and having even less time for pleasure. Golf is not a game that can just be picked up on a weekend. In order to truly enjoy the game, copious amounts of time must be spent on the driving range and putting green. Without the extra time outside of sleep and work, young professionals will find it hard to get in the practice we need to play well and enjoy the game.
If only days were endless and money grew on trees…
By: JT Carney