I think that something we can all agree on is that golf is a game that is constantly evolving and changing. But there are more developments than we may know. Not only do we have the latest technology to help us perfect our swing, we can also predict the weather and other variables with absolute accuracy. This begs the question, is there any skill left in the game of golf? I would argue there is but it does bring up an interesting argument.
I remember watching an episode of The Simpsons about the kids not wanting to do yard work. Instead they wanted to play video games. The next moment, they were playing a virtual yard work game. This was actually one of the predictions The Simpsons made of the future because now we really do have apps that allow us to do things like virtual yard work.
So what is the relevance to golf? We not only have apps to play golf on, but we actually do have virtual golf. You can swing a ball onto a wall and pretend you are really on the green playing a game of golf. So is this a problem? I do not think so. Some people may disagree with this, but I have my own reasons that I have listed below.
These virtual games give you a chance to work on perfecting your putt in a way like never before. Before this, we had to actually play on the green. The weather was irrelevant. If you want to practice how well you play golf, you had to be outside. We now have a chance to work on our putt like never before. The more people that can play a solid game of golf, the better out own skills will get. The game becomes more challenging and therefore more exciting when you do actually win.
Another thing that makes it great is those times when you just don’t have anyone else to play with. Sure, breaking a personal record can be great, but what about when you plateau? Sometimes you need that extra person to give you a kick in the butt. This is what virtual games have done for me.
My club of Bel-Marc have very recently obtained a virtual golf unit and it has been an absolute hit. Everyone enjoys using it can it is the start of a lot of conversations.
We are lucky to live in an age where we have the option of virtual games and I think everyone should be making full use of these to play as good as they can. Lets keep the game interesting!