ING Announces Positions 16-14 In Top Game-Changers List For The Past 30 Years

LAKE MARY, Florida — The International Network of Golf has announced numbers 16 through 14 of its Top 30 Game-Changers over the past 30 years in the golf industry.

ING is celebrating its 30th year of networking the golf industry by creating this Top 30 Game-Changers List. The list includes products, services, programs, governing decisions, events, technology, and outstanding performances in competition that have changed the game.

Dozens of nominations for the list were received from a wide variety of people in the golf industry. A committee then trimmed the list to the Top 30, based mainly in the number of nominations each entry received.

ING will gradually publish the results on a bi-weekly basis, with the top two being announced at the 30thAnniversary ING Spring Conference May 31-June 3, 2020 at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, PA.

Here are positions 16 through 14:

16 – National Golf Foundation’s Course A Day Statement: In the early 1990s, the NGF partnered with McKinsey & Co. to develop a strategic plan for the growth of golf, and part of that plan recommended that a course a day be built to meet future demand of a booming sport. The industry listened and the result was a game-changer … in a negative way. An overabundance of golf courses were built in many markets during the golf boom and after it ended. There has been a net decline of over 1,200 courses since the early 2000’s. On its website, the NGF states that the problem was, too many high-end difficult courses were built to sell homes, not golf.

15 – TaylorMade R7 Quad Adjustable Drivers: In 2004, TaylorMade Golf introduced the first successful adjustable driver, allowing golfers to hit higher or lower shots, fades or draws with a simple adjustment of the head, using a custom-made wrench. That started a huge trend in the industry that still exists in many clubs today.

14 – USGA Anchoring Ban: A rule change that took effect in 2016 sent shock waves through amateur and professional golf alike. Rule 14-1b prohibits golfers from anchoring a club against their bodies while making a stroke. Said USGA Executive Director Mike Davis: “We believe a player should hold the club away from his body and swing it freely. Golf is a game of skill and challenge, and we think that’s an important part of it. “ Golfers who had gone to the anchored stroke to offset the putting yips were forced to find a new strategy.

The non-profit International Network of Golf, the industry’s only media-based networking organization, conducts this annual gathering of media and golf companies and leaders. ING is “where the media and golf industry connect.”

The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board is the official host of the milestone 30th ING Spring Conference May 31-June 3. A full schedule of networking sessions, product testing, educational seminars and golf competitions awaits attendees.

Anyone in the golf industry and media is invited to join ING and attend the conference. Call 407-474-0531 or visit for details.

About ING
The non-profit International Network of Golf has been networking the golf industry since 1990. Anyone in the golf industry or media, at any level, can benefit from being a member of ING. We all have our roles in the golf industry, but we come together under the ING umbrella to help each other grow our businesses and careers. “ING is where media connects with the golf industry.”

Along with the Spring Conference, ING also offers the ING Hospitality Room at the PGA Merchandise Show for its members, and conducts the annual ING Media Awards and the ING Industry Honors programs.