Man Up, Play Like a Woman
I owe my mother a lot. She patiently carried me in her body for 9 months. She devoted her whole life to making sure I would grow up to be a productive member of society. Above all, she taught me to respect women.
I wish male golfers would respect women golfers a bit more.
Golf is a male-dominated sport. It’s no surprise that men take their cues from other men, and try to emulate what is going on in the PGA Tour. With charismatic stars like Bubba Watson blasting their drives all over the place it’s hard to turn your attention away.
When you think it through, it doesn’t really make sense. Average male golfers are NOTHING like PGA Tour players. They are not even in the same vicinity. Check out this graphic I cooked up to find out why.
What becomes blatantly clear is that you sir, John Q Golfer, are more similar to an LPGA player. Your swing speeds and average distances are probably not as long as most of them, but you’re in the same wheelhouse 😉
When I watch LPGA tournaments, a few things strike me:
Tempo: They have beautiful tempos with their swings. They never look like they are trying to hit it harder than they have to.
Short Game: Most women pros have unbelievable feel around the greens, and execute amazing shots. You can see that they are completely relaxed, and not as tense with their bodies.
Course Management: Rather than rely on power, they are mostly plotting their way through the round. Have you seen Lydia Ko play lately? She hit 64 of 72 greens at Royal Melbourne!
Practical Golf is all about choosing the rational path to lowering your scores. It is my hope that some readers of the site will begin to approach the game differently. Watching what LPGA players do on the golf course should be one of the first things on your list.
I think there is so much to learn by watching how women play golf. They are more thoughtful, do not take unnecessary risks, and play within themselves. I am not even going to begin to explain why that is. The internet might bite my head off if I do.
What I do know is that if male golfers continue to try and mimic what PGA Tour players are doing, then they are going to be stuck in neutral with their games, and possibly go in reverse. The PGA tour has been shifting towards more of a power game for years now, and we have Tiger to thank for it. That same shift has not occurred amongst recreational golfers, and I think the data I’ve shown you proves it.
My suggestion is to switch it up a little bit, take a look at what LPGA players are doing. I think you will learn even more about your own games, and that they are the ones you should be trying to copy. I plan to watch more of the LPGA tour this year, and I think they have some very exciting talent that everyone should be following.