Frequently Asked Questions
Why does this cost money?
Well, it would be too easy to just say that “you get what you pay for…” but some of that is true. We are working hard to provide a really great community. And the last thing we want to do is to plaster giant banner ads all over the place and make all of these corporate deals that skew any kind of bias toward brand names simply because they are paying us to do so. Membership fees guarantee two things: First, it allows us to have quality staff members to oversee your Golf Obsessed experience. Second, it ensures that those that are in this community are here with a certain degree of passion and intention. There are several sites for other sports and pursuits that have proven this out. It’s time for golf to enjoy the same. And yeah… you get what you pay for.
This looks like social media… Why do I need another one of these online community type thingies in my life?
We’re seeing it happen right before our eyes. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc… Those are all good things for casting a super wide net. You can be as public or an anonymous as you want. But people are starving for much more tightly knit communities. Is it backlash? Possibly. Until further studies, we can only guess. But we feel it, too. Those other things are great. They can also have a divisive effect. From running, to weightlifting, we love seeing these other interest-specific communities and how they are very different when it comes to highly-encouraging interactions. It shows a much higher output of our natural desire to be helpful, and collaborative. We see room for all of it. If you really break down the essence of what a community is, it can be defined in just three words: Ties that bind.
I’ve seen how negative golfers can be online. Wont that happen here?
First, See the all of the above questions. Second, Trolls aren’t allowed. Negative people will be removed. But, we’re pretty sure that sort of thing will be extremely rare.
YouTube has any golf video I could ever ask for. What makes this stuff any better?
First, See the all of the above questions. Second, we are developing exclusive content for our members that directly reflect the teaching methods and points of view by all of our experts. These are the ones who will be dedicated to this site and from time to time will be keeping tabs on our members in the forum areas as well.
There are Golf forums all over the web. How is this any different?
First, See the all of the above questions. Second, well… yeah… all of that. Tight community, encouraging people, our experts checking in… all of that.
I’m happy with my game… Why do I need this?
Well, first off… congrats! You are a rare breed. Our members would love to know your secrets! But seriously, this is a site for those who are willing and able to share knowledge and resources, to be an encouraging ally, and sometimes to simply be an extra set of eyeballs. Who wouldn’t benefit from that? And just as importantly – who wouldn’t benefit from being that?
Won’t it be boring here, with so few members in the early stages?
We know how awkward it is when you show up early to a party and the place feels kind of empty. We’re not going to let that happen. We are starting off with an “Early Adopter” phase. Basically seeking members to stand by while we get the place ready. So then, when we open the door – BOOM – instant party! How many early adopters? 3000 to be exact. Sounds like a party to us!
Why do I have to follow people?
Those who follow you, as well as those whom you follow, make up your inner circle. Your entourage. Your team. Simply put, they are the lifeblood of your TGO community experience. You may have your regular foursome; or your buddies that you talk golf with at the office; but here, your inner circle follows you so they can follow your progress. And you will enjoy following theirs. We all have a deep desire to be helpful. Yet, out on the actual course, it happens much less.
Do I really have to log every trip to the driving range? That sounds like a big pain in the rear!
We’ve actually made it very simple. Just by going through a series of dropdowns, you can log your trips to the range in just a few minutes. But trust us – you’re gonna want to put some effort into it. The rewards are there. Not only will your inner circle know that you’ve been working hard, you’ll have stats that will highlight true progress and a great log to look back on. It’s hard to put a price on looking back and seeing how much further your 9-iron goes in just a few short months when you put some intentional practice hours in.
This looks amazing! When will this be a reality?
If all goes as planned, our target date for the official launch is January 1, 2017
What if I don’t like this? Do I get my money back?
We only offer 3-month and annual memberships, so we understand how you might feel like you’re taking a leap of faith, here. If within the first 30 days, you’re not feeling it, we’ll be happy to refund your membership fees. But we’re sure you’ll stay. Who doesn’t want a personal inner circle looking out for your improvement, offering genuine accountability, encouragement and insights?
I think it’s great that I get two trips to the lesson tee with my membership, each year… What if I want more than that?
That is not a problem. We will be offering extra trips a la cart (exact pricing TBD, but probably in the $10-20 range). We think this is one of the biggest bonuses to membership. Our stable of PGA teaching pros are passionate about growing the sport. There are many ways to accomplish this, but none work as effectively as helping golfers see real improvement. Let’s face it – it’s always great to be among friends on the course, or sharing golf stories, but when you hit that shot… you know… THAT shot… You’re climbing the walls to get back out there.
Who is Bobby Browne and why haven’t I heard of him?
We think he’s one the best swing gurus that most people don’t know about. And we want to change that. He’s also bringing some other teaching pros with him. We look forward to introducing them to you over time. But for a little more insight on the man, read this.