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My question involves what technology can we incorporate into our school systems to potentially give younger, underprivileged kids the opportunity to learn about the game of golf. I was fortunate and blessed growing up as my dad was able to provide me with the needed equipment to learn how to play the game. Now, I want to find a way to give every young person this chance.

In high school, I used to get lessons from a golf pro at a local country club. He had all kinds of technology in his office that we used to analyze my swing and game, included a camera that had slow motion capabilities as well as an advanced computer program that would measure different angles in my swing. Not only was it beneficial to my golf game, but it was also one of the more interesting topics I learned about all through my school years. I think that if I could get this technology into a elementary school, middle school, or high school, more students would be interested in golf.

I would use this technology to create different competitions for the younger kids, which would also allow for instruction at the same time. The technology would build an interest of golf in the kids that they weren’t getting previously, which should greatly increase participation.

The Professional Golf Association (PGA) has been trying to grow the game of golf for years now, as a small percentage of young people choose to play it over more popular sports like football, soccer, and baseball. They’ve tried many things mostly involving free contests, but from what I’ve seen, there has not been any attempt to incorporate technology into their marketing scheme. Young kids nowadays are all about technology, so it would be wise to use it to increase interest in the game of golf.

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