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gammaxgoblin 01-15-2019 05:05 PM

"Grow the sport"
 
I really don't understand this one. I love disc golf but I also love what it is....right now. To that end I ask you who exactly benefits from growing the sport? I can see how the manufacturers will benefit most of all. I can see how a HANDFUL of ELITE TOURING PROS will benefit. How does grow the sport benefit the average disc golfer? Average casual player?

Is "grow the sport" just a veiled way of saying "pay players more?" I find myself confused by this "movement" and would like to try to understand why people feel this way.

Grippenripp 01-15-2019 05:09 PM

I feel like helping to grow the sport can add more to the sport and the world around it. What if it were in high schools? What if more colleges could offer scholarships for playing DG? Teaching this game to youth could possibly help keep them from going off and getting into something stupid. IDK it seems to me like there's a lot of good to growing the sport.
#growthesport

EarthRocker 01-15-2019 05:13 PM

The simple answer is that we know how cool it is, while the Muggles struggle and do other, much less-cool things for fun, relaxation, and/or profit.

I sure do understand your feelings, though.

When I try to grow the sport - and I do! - it's usually because someone I already like has expressed interest. BANG! Here's a disc or two, my friend. See you on the course...

The flip side of that is meeting and playing with people who are already into the game, but who shouldn't be allowed near children, schools, or military installations. Or arms depots. :D Those are the ones who I think we'd all prefer play more checkers and Mousetrap, stuff like that.

Moose33 01-15-2019 05:13 PM

It’s a sales tactic. One of the easiest ways to grow revenue is to increase your customer base. So if you “grow the sport” make it more visible, add courses, grow the amount of players and the companies benefit.

Most touring pros are likely to get paid more if their employers are thriving, so of course they want that.

In the short term it means for more crowded, and corroded courses, but if enough are added in the right areas it should take some pressure off.

Right now disc golf is kind of like where cities like Asheville and Austin were a few years ago. It’s kind of small, weird and people who don’t get it make fun of it, but at the same time it’s growing a lot and becoming mainstream.

It’s fine for you to like it the way it is, it’s this great little corner of the sports world that is hard to explain. But the companies want to grow, so the “grow the sport” thing won’t be stopping.

PlasticMotif 01-15-2019 05:16 PM

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Originally Posted by gammaxgoblin (Post 3403004)
I really don't understand this one. I love disc golf but I also love what it is....right now. To that end I ask you who exactly benefits from growing the sport? I can see how the manufacturers will benefit most of all. I can see how a HANDFUL of ELITE TOURING PROS will benefit. How does grow the sport benefit the average disc golfer? Average casual player?

Is "grow the sport" just a veiled way of saying "pay players more?" I find myself confused by this "movement" and would like to try to understand why people feel this way.

More courses is a direct benefit to all players. Hell, even if more people don't pick up the game, at least there will be less people at the other courses. :thmbup::thmbup:

Armus Patheticus 01-15-2019 05:42 PM

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Originally Posted by gammaxgoblin (Post 3403004)
who exactly benefits from growing the sport?... I find myself confused by this "movement" and would like to try to understand why people feel this way.

It's a commercial slogan.

Commercialism runs on emotional manipulation. Which is why so many discs are sold when 90 percent of all owned discs could vanish overnight with no perceptible practical impact on play.

Growing the so-called sport is attractive to many who want their hobbies to be seen as legitimate, as well as the growing handful of media persons who want to be seen as legitimate and to make some money. These motivations are relatively harmless ecologically (unlike in some other niche activities which have gone or are going through the same nonsense) but they do involve individual dignity, which is important.

It is well for more people to spend more time playing outside, provided that time is bought from less important or less healthy things. In this sense growth is positive and it is good to share enjoyable things with others. But I will never give a hint of affection or a charitable penny to the commercial, organized, competitive, or political sides of the game.

DavidSauls 01-15-2019 05:53 PM

At what point in the past do you wish people had stopped growing the sport?

I've been around a while. I remember when we pretty much had the courses to ourselves---both courses in my state.

And when, if you wanted to play tournaments, you had to drive hours for the half-dozen annual opportunities in my region.

Would anyone wind the clock backwards, watching courses disappear, disc makers and models and plastics vanish, just to have most of the current disc golfers out of the sport (including many friends)?

If not, why the assumption that prior growth has been good, but future growth would be bad? What makes this the magic point?

DavidSauls 01-15-2019 05:57 PM

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Originally Posted by gammaxgoblin (Post 3403004)
Is "grow the sport" just a veiled way of saying "pay players more?" I find myself confused by this "movement" and would like to try to understand why people feel this way.

It's easy to be confused, because the phrase doesn't mean anything---or, not any one thing. The sport is growing in all sorts of ways, and people who say "grow the sport" might be referring to any of them.

To some it might mean building up and bring in more money to the pro tour. To others it might be starting youth programs. Or more courses. None of which tend to hurt those who aren't involved with them.

mostlynorwegian 01-15-2019 06:06 PM

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Originally Posted by gammaxgoblin (Post 3403004)
I really don't understand this one. I love disc golf but I also love what it is....right now. To that end I ask you who exactly benefits from growing the sport? I can see how the manufacturers will benefit most of all. I can see how a HANDFUL of ELITE TOURING PROS will benefit. How does grow the sport benefit the average disc golfer? Average casual player?

Is "grow the sport" just a veiled way of saying "pay players more?" I find myself confused by this "movement" and would like to try to understand why people feel this way.

I don't see any confusion in "growing the sport" because I live in Chicago proper where Illinois Institute of Technology has the only course within the city and which is no longer worth visiting because it is a six hole due to campus construction. The other one that is near the city is a par 3 9 hole.
The best courses for play are about 30 minutes outside of the city, and the hands down best is Dellwood which is pretty close to an hours drive from where I live.
i.e. Growing the sport for a city locked person such as myself and where we have the park space in several of our cities historic and massive parks is pretty much a no brainer. Especially where some of them could use the influx of traffic to put eyes on them so as to reduce crime in much the same way that Dellwood did for Lockport.

Noill 01-15-2019 06:53 PM

dude, I'll meet you at IIT for three rounds of 6 hole DG! it's five minutes from me.


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