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I I I I I I I I I I I I

INDUSTRY ISSUES
& TRENDS

PHOTO BY COURTNEY COOK ON UNSPLASH

I I I I I I I I I I I

Kentucky Windage
By Stuart Lindsay

" A

windage correction made by aiming a firearm to the
right or left of the target rather than by adjustment
of the sights. " Mirriam-Webster. It has become a
euphemism for the application of human adjustments to a mechanical function with natural variables. If this sounds like golf;
you are correct on multiple levels.
This vernacular term is very interesting and fraught with
both irony and truth. It has its roots in the use of the " American longrifle " which originated in Pennsylvania in the early
1700s. Different from its European predecessors because it was
particularly adapted to the American frontier with its lighter
weight, smaller bore and use of less powder; it was also deadly
accurate. It played a large role in the pivotal victories at Saratoga
and Cowpens in the Revolutionary War. The phrase itself is reputedly based on the sharpshooting prowess of Daniel Boone,
Simon Kenton and others in the defense of Boonesborough in
1778 and other exploits on the Kentucky frontier.
The first irony is that a deadly weapon was created in the
peaceful Quaker Colony of Pennsylvania. The second is that the
surviving phrase is attributed to a different geographical location. The third is that it understates the true marksman's understanding of Newtonian physics and calculus - the force of
gravity and the curvature of the earth. And, in order to take a
better shot; it requires processing these factors in what is usually

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a split second. In the end, Kentucky Windage is an educated
guess after an assessment of an assortment of variables using
past experience.
So at this juncture, we have the distance debates, the introduction of legalized gambling on the PGA Tour and the questions surrounding whether we can sustain new interest in the
game of golf. Estimating the impact of actions taken to address
these issues is going to require the assembly of more facts and
data than we currently have to be added to the volume of empirical " truth " we already have. Of course, ancient empirical " truth "
told us that the vast majority of people returned after disappearing over the horizon; but most believed that the earth was
flat - including Plato and Aristotle. It was up to Copernicus
and Galileo to add to our base of information and Newton to
explain why Columbus and Magellan changed the perception
of " truth " - sort of makes you question if " fake news " is only a
recent invention.
So do we really have a distance problem? If we look at available data, we see the majority of golf rounds being played by
older golfers more concerned about losing distance as they age.
The next time I hear a golfer say these new clubs and/or balls go
too far will be a first. If we start to hear complaints from the new
generations that they are hitting the ball too far; I will stand
corrected. Or, if we start to see golfers leave the game because
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The Pellucid Perspective - February 2021

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Pellucid Perspective - February 2021

TOC
Retain half the gain in ‘21; a realistic national industry rallying cry
Applying Kentucky Windage to distance debate, betting and 2020’s performance
January GPH gives a cold shoulder, lots of golf left to play though
Dec Utilization up on continued rounds strength, finishes the year ~60%!
Tampa weighs in at #20 in new ranking, can’t bring ourselves to call it “Cham-pa”...
Only 5 Activities but some interesting “story situations”
The Pellucid Perspective - February 2021 - TOC
The Pellucid Perspective - February 2021 - Retain half the gain in ‘21; a realistic national industry rallying cry
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The Pellucid Perspective - February 2021 - 4
The Pellucid Perspective - February 2021 - 5
The Pellucid Perspective - February 2021 - Applying Kentucky Windage to distance debate, betting and 2020’s performance
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The Pellucid Perspective - February 2021 - 8
The Pellucid Perspective - February 2021 - 9
The Pellucid Perspective - February 2021 - January GPH gives a cold shoulder, lots of golf left to play though
The Pellucid Perspective - February 2021 - 11
The Pellucid Perspective - February 2021 - Dec Utilization up on continued rounds strength, finishes the year ~60%!
The Pellucid Perspective - February 2021 - 13
The Pellucid Perspective - February 2021 - Tampa weighs in at #20 in new ranking, can’t bring ourselves to call it “Cham-pa”...
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The Pellucid Perspective - February 2021 - Only 5 Activities but some interesting “story situations”
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