Golf is one of those rare sports that seems, for the most part, to remain stoical against the changing tides that manage to alter the ways in which other games are played and viewed. While the football world adapts to the introduction of new VAR technology, and the NBA is still wrestling with a few adaptations to the rules introduced for the 2019/2020 season, golf continues on as it has done for hundreds of years. 

That’s not to say, however, that small changes and revolutions within the world of golfing aren’t still occurring – merely that those core features which define the game, and its players, remain constant. After all, a number of new rules took affect within the sport in January of 2019

The next decade already represents a pivotal time for the world at large, and, without a doubt, we can expect things within the golfing world to follow suit. 

Read more about the ways in which golfing is projected to change as we hurtle towards 2021 and, by extension, begin to move deeper into the new decade. 

  1. Betting

Humans have been betting on sports for millennia. Once popular among the romans, the world of sports betting has certainly come a long way since its inception – though it has always offered fans the opportunity to insert themselves into the game, and to exist as more than a mere bystander to the action occurring in front of them. Now, with massive changes occurring among some of the largest sports betting providers in the world, we can anticipate that its significance will continue to grow. 

Particularly popular during the US and European Tours, golf betting adds an additional dimension to the game. We can feel the highs and lows of the game more keenly than we do when the stakes are not so high, and we can learn to attune ourselves to the rhythm of the game – the players operating at the very top of their game – and to develop those instincts that have always existed as the driving force behind the sport itself. 

  1. Fashion

Like the seasons themselves, there is one thing within the golfing world which will inevitably ring in the changes regularly over the years: the fashion. 

The internet, magazines, and clubs themselves boast an infinite list of guides to ensuring that you always turn up to the green suitably dressed. It is one of the few sports in which function and form can marry together perfectly, and players around the world never fail to take advantage of the freedom and creativity permitted for anyone stepping out for a day’s putting. 

What this means that, true to form, 2021 will see a wave of new fashion trends for men and women around the world. Some of the most prevalent features on the list include plenty of bold and quirky prints, muted tones, and golf dresses, all of which promise to ensure that 2021 will be a strong year for golfing fashion.

What’s more, a new collaborative effort between Adidas and Vice has already caused a storm on social media, as golfers rush to get in on the very height of golfing shoe technology and start their new year off on the right foot. 

  1. Titleist Takes Over

While we may, by this point in time, be used to seeing Ian Poulter making good use of the Titleist TSi Metalwoods selection – after all, he recently revealed the new Titleist TS3i driver on social media a few months ago, which received an outpouring of strong reviews online:

What’s more, a number of other prominent figures have also begun to ditch their usual equipment and upgrade to Titleist pieces instead. Haotong Li and Tommy Fleetwood have both added Titleist into their line ups, too. 

With only a few weeks left to go before the new year, many of us are eager for the colder weather to pass, and to get back out on the green. When we do, we can anticipate plenty of new trends and phases for the sport, and for its influence within the sporting world to continue to grow stronger. Until then, watch this space, and look forward to another strong year for golfers around the world.