By Hajime Morita

In 2020, there were many people who began playing golf during COVID-19 restrictions in Japan that limited people’s activities, such as going out or traveling. However, the data released in July 2023 showed that about 20 percent of the new golfers have quit golf.

According to the report by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, golf courses in Japan had about ¥29.6 billion in sales between April and June 2023. The sales amount slightly increased from the previous year. The sales generated at driving ranges declined a little to about ¥9.1 billion during the same period, maintaining the sales growth brought by the COVID-19 positive effects.

However, the number of people who play at a golf course or a driving range is decreasing. On the other side, we have positive news. Recently, college golfers have joined the USGTF-Japan certification courses. It is great news that the career of a teaching professional is recognized as a good option by young golfers who are expected to be a leader of the next generation. More and more young golfers want to work as a teaching professional.

People can find any answer by searching on the internet, but to improve at golf takes time. The

systematized learning system of USGTF solves this issue and will be increasingly needed in the future.
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