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Old 11-25-2019, 07:18 AM
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3% of disc golfers have a PDGA number. Why would anyone listen to anything they have to say? Kind of pathetic if you ask me.
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Old 11-25-2019, 07:23 AM
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How do you source that figure?
What figure would mean they hadn't peaked?
What are the goals of the PDGA? Why does the figure you state matter to those goals?

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Old 11-25-2019, 07:30 AM
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I would imagine that figure is mirrored by something like 97% of tournament disc golfers having a number.

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Old 11-25-2019, 11:08 AM
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Don't know about global numbers, but in Finland ~6% of players who play weekly have active license. Sources finnish ministry/olympic committee and pdga.

I can't imagine it being much different in global scale. There could be some outliers like Estonia, where they are nuts about competitive side of discgolf. Anywhere else I expect it be way lower.

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Old 11-25-2019, 11:17 AM
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3% of disc golfers have a PDGA number. Why would anyone listen to anything they have to say? Kind of pathetic if you ask me.
The PDGA's main goal is growth of the game and knows that their tournament model isn't for a majority of the people that play. If they were not transparent about this, you wouldn't see the figure on their demographics about how many people play compared to how many people are members.

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Old 11-25-2019, 11:31 AM
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3% of disc golfers have a PDGA number. Why would anyone listen to anything they have to say? Kind of pathetic if you ask me.
LOL!!!

Dude, I'm sorry but this is hysterical. At the very maximum a governing body like the PDGA would have 5% of players, and as an activity grows that % goes down. That you have thousands of PDGA numbers issued and the % of disc golfers with a PDGA number only at 3%, that means growth.

It's also a made up number because you can't count casuals. It's an estimate. They could have said 4% or 2% depending on how you do the math.

Bottom line: Lots of chuckers with no PDGA number is a good thing. It makes Cities feel good about the $$$ they spend on courses. It makes the next town over want a course. Participation, baby! It's not just for the PDGA.

I mean, what did you want that % to be?

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Old 11-25-2019, 11:35 AM
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How many players on your local course are club members vs casuals? I'd assume most places are well under 10%. Hundreds or thousands of casual golfers vs a club membership of 50-100?
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Old 11-25-2019, 11:44 AM
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Also, we had this conversation yesterday. I live in a college town and have a rag-tag Sunday morning crew of college kids that show up to play. None of them have even joined the local club, and it's mostly a social thing to force them to get up on Sunday.

One of them graduated last fall and was in town to visit so he came out and played with us again. He has four discs, but I gave them to him. He showed up to play with this group, but he left town in May. He had a summer job in St. Louis and now is in grad school in Boston. He has no idea if there is a course in the St. Louis or Boston areas. The thought of playing disc golf since he left town never crossed his mind. He showed up to hang out with friends.

Is he a disc golfer? How do you define a disc golfer?

So are any of the clowns who show up on Sunday really disc golfers? All of them play with discs I gave them. None of them have played another course despite the fact that they all went someplace else for a summer job. I'm willing to bet that by the definition of most of the people on this site, none of them are what you would consider disc golfers. They don't have the fever.

If I'm a parks department or the PDGA estimating how many people play disc golf across the country, all of those guys count. Who cares if they have the fever? They are in a park flinging plastic. They count.

So when you talk about a "disc golfer" and they estimate the number of people playing disc golf, it might be apples to oranges and you are not even talking about the same thing.

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Unlike the lazy whiners, I'm doing to step up and do something about the low PDGA membership stats!

About to buy an extra PDGA number. I guess I'll need a pseudonym. Perhaps ThrohBoht.

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Old 11-25-2019, 11:51 AM
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Unless you play tournaments, what direct benefit does the PDGA provide to a member? Personally I see no reason to join, unless sometime in the future I got into tournament play.

I'm not sure what all the USGA does, but they did maintain a handicap for me without any need to play in tournaments (In case people aren't familiar, any round at a rated course goes towards your handicap). Having a handicap was useful for playing local leagues, competing against friends, and the occasional times I would play in a handicapped club tournament.

Maybe if the PDGA provided some sort of direct benefit outside of tournament play, it would get more members and have more success at "growing the game".

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