Someone actually stated that participation is down in excess of 40%
"Someone" is clearly full of it! All one has to do to see this is look at the point totals. While the scores of the "top" clubs has been fairly stagnant, that certainly isn't the case farther down the list. A score that would've cracked the top 50 twenty clashes ago wouldn't even yield a top 100 result in the latest one. I'm not endorsing the clash in any way, just sayin'.......
Seems like that 40% number may not be too far off. Put these comments togeather, with the others in these threads, and it may not total 40 %, but it's sure alot less people and clubs playing. Which is a down trend in revenue for wgt.
Here is what happened . A couple months ago there were a couple CLASHes in a row that had the hard courses , impossible conditions , off the wall green speeds .
It pissed everyone off . Even hard core CLASH lovers . For a minute . Since then . It seems that they heard us loud and clear . Yes I said that . Because the last two CLASHes have had moderate courses . handleable conditions , and playable green speeds .
This CLASH # 64 has some of the highest paticipation yet . Twice as many good CC's playing twice as hard . Than in CLASH # 63 . .
There is never more than 1 CLASH in a row that suffers from a little lower turnout .
Most top clubs have expressed that they will pull from clashes and over the past year or so a lot of the top clubs have done just that.
None of the top clubs, at least "top" in competitive and player quality sense, have ever played them in any half serious way.
This is complete crap . Many top and decent CC's play in these CLASHes . And every CC has " top " in competitive and player quality sense players in them . Some of the best in WGT play in these .
Some of the best in WGT don't play in these .
Who ever says that more top CC's have said they were going to pull themselves from the CLASHes in the last year . Just made that up .
Originally there were some CC's that did not participate . In time more and more of them have slowly entered in the mix .
This CLASH format is not like anything else you can play anywhere . It is obviously not a skills event .
But amongst many other things . it is the only event that you can play your ass off for 48 hours . and get GR8 satisfaction from in many ways . Without winning a god damn thing .
Which is no dispute of the biggest major flaws of this event . And the lack of parity , etc , etc .
But hell yes we all think it needs some changes . Big ones . But it has its hooks in us .
This event is not losing participation . it is gaining . That is going to continue .
Some how some way . Admin has to agree to making some adjustments . Because the fighting amongst the ranks is a serious problem that they cannot afford to ignore . Especially with the real possibilty that growth could be enormous .
Prizes and parity are out of control They must be addressed .
Sorry to tell you haters . But there is only a small handful,of you left . We hear you loud and clear . You have some valid points about some things that are flawed in the format .
But where you guys come up with your numbers and stats . Is very comical and entertaining . Desparation is a funny thing sometimes . It makes for some good threads .