TrackMan Co-Founder and CEO
On behalf of everyone here at TrackMan, welcome to the inaugural season of the NEXT Golf Tour.
We all know 2022 has been both an intriguing and challenging time for the game of golf.
But too much of the focus has been on players at the very top, and coming up with ways to increase their already considerable earning potential.
Reading between all the attention-grabbing headlines, we saw an opportunity to put more of the focus on players like you — the dreamers, the grinders, the undiscovered talents who still carry their own bag and replace their own divots.
I’ve met so many players over the years who have all the skills required to succeed in the pro game, but saw their journey cut short by the demands and costs of tour life.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Our Virtual Golf technology has improved radically over the past several years. The time is right to try something new.
And so we started working on NEXT with three goals in mind:
When you play the NEXT, you play one round instead of four (or three, for a select few). You choose where and when you want to play. No more scrambling to catch the next flight and living out of a suitcase.
You can play in pants, you can play in shorts, you can play in your pajamas for all I care. All we ask is that you play your best. Compete with integrity. Win with grace. Lose with dignity. And most of all — have fun! We created the NEXT Golf Tour for you, and we hope you make the most of the opportunity.
While planning for the launch of NEXT, I’ve been asked, “Why now?” Why not wait until the technology is even better, or until we can do a fancy promotional campaign, or until … you get the idea.
My answer has always been “We don’t need to wait.” And I don’t think you — the players who will benefit most from this opportunity — want to wait, either. Because we can make NEXT work now.
Some of the most exciting holes in golf offer a risk-reward option: Play it safe and make an easy par, or risk making bogey to give yourself a chance at birdie (or better).
With NEXT, we’re going for the birdie. We believe in our ability to hit a great shot when it matters most. But we also understand the risks. Technology is fickle. Glitches happen.
That’s why I’m asking for your help. If you encounter any issues before, during or after your round, please visit our Support page. Our team is available 24/7 to follow up and follow through on a quick resolution.
This is only the beginning for NEXT. We are building something here, and if we are successful — which I believe we will be — it will continue to grow and grow.
We look forward to adding more tournaments, expanding the field beyond 250 players and developing stronger partnerships within the golf industry.
And we look forward to working with you, the players, to help NEXT reach and exceed its potential. Your input is critical, and we hope to hear from many of you on what we’re doing well, and where we can improve.
Thank you for joining us on this exciting journey.