On Politics and Putting Two of the most surprising news makers of the past month have been apparent presidential candidate Donald Trump and the formerly maligned and newly popular long putter. According to The New York Times, when asked about his opinions on same-sex marriage on Monday, the Trumpster (an avid golfer) managed to make those two worlds collide with a decidedly mixed metaphor:
“It’s like in golf,” he said. “A lot of people—I don’t want this to sound trivial—but a lot of people are switching to these really long putters, very unattractive,” said Mr. Trump, a Republican. “It’s weird. You see these great players with these really long putters, because they can’t sink three-footers anymore. And, I hate it. I am a traditionalist. I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist.”The Great Golf Recession you're not imagining things
The number of golfers fell slightly in 2010 to 26.1 million, down 3.6% from the 27.1 million recorded in 2009, according to NGF’s annual golf participation study. That marks the third consecutive year of declines in both measures, not surprising, considering the severity of the economic recession that has affected consumer behavior during the period.
Similar decreases were seen in both the Core and Occasional golfer categories. Core golfers (age 6+, eight or more rounds a year) fell 3.6%, from 15.3 million to 14.8 million. Occasional golfers (age 6+, one to seven rounds a year) dropped 3.7%, from 11.8 million to 11.3 million.
It was encouraging news that the number of golfers gained in 2010 held steady vs. previous years while the number of lost golfers dropped significantly.
“I’m kind of afraid that while I’m on a hot streak, why take a week off?” he asked.Tweet of the Day Justin Rose Brad Faxon
Assessing the schedule over the month of May, including The Players, the Texas Swing: Part Deux and the Memorial, Gainey has plenty of reason to play.
“That is five class golf tournaments in a row to play in, and I definitely want to be a part of all five.”
Gainey attributes his hot play of late to big improvements in his short game – making 10-footers that give him confidence and a gateway to a paycheck. He’s just happened to have several substantial ones in recent weeks.