I'd just like to know what you guys believe are the reasons as the title implies.
probably has more to do with the amount of time it takes to progress up the XP ladder to obtain what players feel is comparable equipment.
----you scores with starter gear suggest you would be a rather good player who is already demonstrating a good grasp of the game, course management, and putting....
that said, at L49 your have earned roughly 52k XP so far.
You can project how long that it would take if you do a search on level
progression and find the chart that lays out how many points you need to reach each level XX based on where you are now... to reach the higher levels it is upwards
of 2 million XP -- that alone is quite likely the biggest deterrent and takes a bit longer than 90s... few
people want to sit around and wait for a year before they can at least feel
like they are playing level or the same equipment as others.
taking a quick look, I can tell... to reach the next real
club milestone around L85 you will need 298,215 XP or around 246K more
than you have now.
The next big milestone is L97 irons which requires over 1.5 million XP and
the coveted high end driver at L102 is 2.77 million XP.
Is that a deterrent or an incentive to "gamers" who want to feel
competitive in a few weeks or months versus possibly taking years to unlock
The old timers and even myself to a degree right before WGT fixed or ended it - had access or use of what were called XP glitches or bugs that allowed us to rack up more XP than normal by playing a custom course glitch - it still required hundreds or thousands of rounds of play - but it was still faster than what you likely have to do now and I believe it still took me around a year to unlock the high end clubs... I think it is even harder now or takes longer than what it did 3-4 years ago.
Could easily be other factors -- but I too have wondered how in the world does Chess, that's right Chess, draw in more viewers than reportedly the most popular golf game?
Guess there is something else we are missing...