By Teddy Leinbach
My name is Teddy Leinbach. I am a recent college graduate with a film degree and, more importantly, a 6 handicap.
To get straight to the point, there is a problem in golf right now. Golf is coming off the high of the Tiger [Woods] era and interest continues to decline every year. Even with exciting young golfers taking over the game at the pro level, the amateur level continues to be dominated by an older, wealthier demographic, and fails to draw much interest from anyone else.
As someone who found a passion for the game away from a country club, I believe this is not a fundamental problem with golf, but rather a problem with the way it is marketed, especially in the United States.
I am in the pre-production phase of a film I am directing called "50 OVER." It is a journey film about four friends who travel across America, stopping in all 50 states in 50 days, playing a round of golf in each state.
By using second-hand clubs, playing at inexpensive courses, discussing our ideas with like-minded people, camping along the way, dressing in non-traditional golfing attire, and embodying an attitude that is drastically different from the stereotypical golfer, my team and I hope to provide a glimpse into a different, less elite, more fun view of golf.
Here is a link to our Facebook page and website to learn more:
I hope that you agree with the message we are trying to send and [that] you think this is important for the game.