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Who is the Greatest Teenage Golfer of All Time - Male or Female?

Who is the Greatest Teenage Golfer of All Time – Male or Female?

Who is the Greatest Teenage Golfer of All Time – Male or Female?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

If you answered Lydia Ko, congratulations.

But I’m afraid many people would quickly name Tiger Woods or maybe Jack Nicklaus. Because the media gives much more coverage to the men’s golf, a phenomenal, history-making golfer is “falling through the cracks in this conversation” as Shane Bacon says for Fox Sports.

Lydia Ko became the youngest winner of a major championship on the same weekend in September where the men were playing the next-to-last FedEx Cup event, the women’s Solheim cup was being played out in Europe, and it was the start of the NFL season. So, yes, there was a lot of activity vying for the golfer’s attention. However, you’d think that Ko’s accomplishment would have been discussed on TV shows the next day and that she would be at the top of Golf Internet news, etc.

Besides winning the Evian Championship with a final round of 63(!) to become the youngest Major winner ever, Ko ranked No. 1 woman golfer in the world at 17 years of age. At that point, she had racked up numerous wins as a professional and also as an Amateur, since age 14.

Shane Bacon of Fox Sports has an interesting take on the lack of attention to Lydia Ko and lets us know why this is a big mistake.

The story is everything you would think the mainstream media would want.

A teenage superstar winning a major in record-setting fashion, the face of women’s golf emerging as not only a threat to win each week but now adding a major to her trophy case. So why don’t people seem to care?

 
Who is the Greatest Teenage Golfer of All Time?

Not many people noticed when Lydia Ko won her first major last weekend — and that’s a shame. Jean-Pierre Clatot / Getty Images

We are in the closing stretches of the 2015 PGA Tour season, one for the ages when you think about the majors and the names who broke out, and one we will look back on as the year when things in men’s golf changed. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were far from the headlines, as Jordan Spieth,Jason Day and Rickie Fowler had breakout years and were part of a group of 20-somethings who are taking over golf.

But one name who will fall through the cracks in this conversation, as it always seems to happen in sports, is the one who was the most impressive. Lydia Ko, who is still just 18, won her first major championship on Sunday, becoming the youngest to do so in the modern era of golf and finishing it off with a jaw-dropping 63.

So why don’t people seem to care? Why isn’t it a talking point on sports shows?

Who is the Greatest Teenage Golfer of All Time – Male or Female?

Why are people ignoring this incredible accomplishment in an era where youth is everything in our world?

I asked people on Twitter this question Monday. They mentioned the start of the NFL season (OK, fine), the fact that the event was played overseas (still not totally buying that, but I get the time difference), and even gave predictably disappointing answers like she’s not American or the fact that it’s “women’s golf.”

To me, none of these answers is acceptable. Who cares if Ko isn’t American?! Rory McIlroy isn’t American, and when he wins we put him on the cover of our sports magazines and compare his stats to those of Tiger and Jack. When Jason Day won at Whistling Straits, we anointed him one of the new Big Three and discussed whether he might sneak off with Player of the Year honors ahead of Spieth, especially if he closes things out well in the playoffs.

To me, not being an American shouldn’t be an issue in 2015. We love athletes who can do amazing things. Usain Bolt catches our attention. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic capture the national media in a U.S. Open final, and Ko is winning major championships at age 18.

She’s already the greatest teenage golfer, male or female, in the history of golf.

And now she’s winning the biggest of the big with final rounds that match what Johnny Miller did at Oakmont back in 1973.

We as golf fans, and sports fans, need to do better on this front. Ko is making history. It’s our responsibility to start paying attention.

With that, mailbag time. Here we go.

To see the comments in Shane Bacon’s mailbag, go here!

Source: Shane Bacon   Fox Sports

Pictures: Jean-Pierre Clatot / Getty Images   Singapore Sports Council

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Woman at the Helm #3 - Suzy Whaley.

Women at the Helm – #3 PGA President Suzy Whaley.

Women at the Helm – #3 PGA President Suzy Whaley.

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

#3 in our series of Women at the Helm, Suzy Whaley has been in the limelight for years in the golf world.

She played the LPGA Tour from 1993 forward, all the while honing her teaching skills, also. Whaley became the first woman in 58 years to qualify for a PGA Tour event at the 2003 Greater Hartford Open after winning the 2002 Connecticut PGA Championship. WOW! She has become renowned as a Top 50 Female Instructor and is a Board member & Adviser for numerous golf organizations.

In 2014 Whaley became the first female officer at the PGA as Secretary and will move up to President of the PGA in 2019. Her focus is to seriously change the perception that golf is an elitist sport and bring the game to many more women and diverse communities. Some women still do not receive the welcome given to men at golf courses shows that previous PGA officers haven’t done enough to engage the fastest-growing segment of golf. So YES, it is time for a dynamic and talented woman PGA member to lead the way forward for all in golf.

Thanks to Susan Fornoff for this terrific story:

Woman at the Helm #3.  Suzy Whaley.

‘Moving the needle’ – that’s new PGA secretary Suzy Whaley

IN FOUR YEARS, Suzy Whaley will not only become the first female president in the then-102-year history of the PGA of America. She’ll become its most dynamic president, judging by her Women in the Golf Industry appearance tonight in Orlando, Florida.

Whaley, eschewing the typical blue blazer worn by PGA officers in favor of a blue Tory Burch cardigan with gold buttons, bubbled over with enthusiasm and advice for other women trying to make their way in men’s worlds. Settling into a chair next to interviewer Emmy Moore Minister, she gratefully accepted a glass of white wine and likened the setting to the television program “The View” as she told the story of her ascent in the golf business.

“When I was at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, I was convinced I was going to become a lawyer,” she said.

Playing on Tour was not for me, and I had no aspirations for that endevour. I played well in college, but I took my LSATs and applied to law school. Then I qualified for an LPGA tournament as an amateur. And for some reason I thought that because I qualified, I was good enough that I could actually go on tour.

“So I went home and told my parents, and you can imagine the conversation at dinner when I said I was not going to go to law school, I was going to go to tour school. And my father said, ‘You’re going to do what?’ But my mom…she looked at me and said, ‘You can always be a lawyer. You go for it.’

“I went to tour school and secured a conditional card and I played in more than 20 events, thinking that would be great and I’d be this incredible superstar. And I made $2,322. Coming off the tour I knew my parents would no longer fund this endeavor, and I took a waitressing job. Going to the most expensive steak house I could find.  So that I could make the most amount of money in the shortest amount of time.  I told them that I was a fabulous waitress. I had never waitressed a day in my life.

“During that time, I had the good fortune to meet my husband. And then I got my tour card back.

“I tell you that story because I was in shock when I lost that tour card. For me, it was a huge blow that was incredibly necessary for me to get in gear.  And figure out that things weren’t going to come easy… And I met someone I’ve been married to for 23 years.  Then I went back out on tour, which I loved.  And I was able to better prepar to make more than $2,322.”

Check out the rest of Susan Fornoff’s story here!

Source : GottaGoGolf    SusanFornoff

Pictures: EWGA_HQ   SusanFornoff

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Business Golf for Women is now more important than ever!

Business Golf for Women is now more important than ever!

Business Golf for Women is now more important than ever!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Corporate America has been dominated by men for years. 

But the days of the “good old boys” are slowly but surely coming to an end.  Women are running America’s Corporations, sitting on Advisory Boards, and becoming entrepreneurs.  Playing golf can be a huge stepping stone into this world.  Leslie Andrews, writing for forbeswoman.com, gives a unique insight into women using golf to climb up the corporate ladder.

Business Golf for Women is now more important than ever!

Women are finding golf not only a sport but a ladder to corporate success!

 It’s really not the golf that matters, truth be told. It is the secret club. The secret language. And, it’s being in the game, being where decisions are made. And that means being on the golf course.

By Leslie Andrews

Catalyst, a prestigious research firm dedicated to expanding opportunities for women in business.

  They found that 46% of women surveyed noted “exclusion from informal networks” as the biggest impediment to reaching their career goals, with golf being one of the leading informal networks from which women felt excluded. The obvious question being: Why are women excluded from golf? Are women being purposely excluded, or are women sometimes excluding themselves? The answer to both is yes.

Take the most obvious recent case of Virginia Rometty, CEO of IBM. IBM is one of three sponsors of The Masters which takes place at Augusta National, arguably the best and most prestigious golf course in the U.S. Historically, the CEO of IBM is automatically granted membership to Augusta, but not so this year. Rometty, who was named CEO in October 2011, was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine in 2012. That wasn’t good enough for Augusta National – as a woman, she was denied membership to the club – the ultimate club for CEOs.

But not every golf story of exclusion is as dramatic as that of Rometty and Augusta, yet women still feel excluded from the secret society that is golf. In my experience with executive women, there are two primary factors that keep women off the golf course:  intimidation and fear of embarrassment. And while being denied access to Augusta is currently uncontrollable, intimidation and fear of embarrassment are most assuredly addressable with a few easy steps.

Business Golf for Women is now more important than ever!

Starting girls off at a young age provides a strong foundation for the future wherever it may take you!

Most importantly, women need to understand that many of their assumptions about what it takes to play business golf are myths. 

And that those myths need to be replaced by a sense of reality. For example, most women assume that the men who play in corporate outings are good golfers. Not so!  Many women assume that the men who play golf do not want to play with women. With a few exceptions, not so!

And so it is with golf. The business benefits of golf — primarily the ability to develop relationships and to be where decisions are made — are so powerful that by allowing themselves to be excluded, women are doing themselves a disservice. I am by no means saying that diving into the world of business golf is simply mind over matter.

There are some rudimentary skills one needs to play golf – you need to have the ability to get the ball in the air more often than not, and you need to have a basic understanding of rules and etiquette. You do not, however, need to play as well as the LPGA or PGA Tour pros that you see on television each weekend – another myth embraced by women that needs to be crushed.  I mean, really, do you think you have to sing like Aretha Franklin in order to make singing part of your life?

Business Golf for Women is now more important than ever!

Woman’s golf has taken a strong foothold in the world of business.

Women don’t control the whole equation. 

The Virginia Rometty episode provided a stark reminder of that.  But we do control part of the equation, and it is imperative that we do our part to seize the opportunity that golf affords.

Source : Leslie Andrews recently released her first book, Even Par:  How Golf Helps Women Gain the Upper Hand in Business, published by 85Broads.  A successful Fortune 500 marketing executive turned golf professional, Leslie is dedicated to helping businesswomen learn to use golf for business.  For more on Leslie, check out www.LeslieAndrewsGolf.com or follow @LAndrewsGolf.      http://www.forbes.com/forbeswoman/

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My Baby's Got New Shoes - New Golf shoes that is!

My Baby’s Got New Shoes – New Golf shoes that is!

My Baby’s Got New Shoes – New Golf shoes, that is!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

There’s no question that women are passionate about new shoes, golf, and otherwise.

Baby's Got New Shoes - Golf shoes that is!

Being male, I will not weigh in on styles or colors, but I recommend you buy lightweight and flexible shoes for all-day comfort. Water-resistant buying shoes is also a good idea for rainy day rounds. Prices can range from $29 to over $200 for high-end brands.

Baby's Got New Shoes - Golf shoes that is!

Smart Ladies Golf Shoes from Calloway.

See the wide range of colors and styles offered on the Zappos website.

http://www.zappos.com/womens-golf-shoes

Kick-off your Spring season in style!

Source: Zappos

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It's about time clubs like Royal Troon caught up with the 21st Century!

It’s about time clubs like Royal Troon caught up with the 21st Century!

It’s about time clubs like Royal Troon caught up with the 21st Century!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

The very last time I played Royal Troon, after my round, I walked into the Pro Shop and asked the Pro, “Why do they not allow women to play Royal Troon?”  His answer is the reason I have never played there since.  “We have to keep them in their place, Laddie.” 

Honestly, that is what he said.  I’m glad my wife was not standing nearby, or she might have been arrested for slugging the Pro.  I walked out of there vowing never to take my group to Royal Troon ever again.

Well, things change, and the future of golf looks brighter as Royal Troon now brings about a change in its policy towards women.  And I, for one, am thrilled!

James Corrigan of “The Telegraph”  Give us the latest on this issue.

The Open Championship has taken another step towards what, for golf, should be considering this is the enlightened age. 

Troon is one of only three courses on the 10-strong Open roster with male-only memberships, but its position became untenable after the Royal and Ancient, the game’s governing body, voted last September to welcome female members into its own exclusive sanctum.

On the heels of that decision, Muirfield and Royal St George’s both announced that they were looking into their membership policies, with the latter voting later this year whether to follow the R&A’s lead. If it, or indeed Muirfield, wish to stage another Open it is clear they have little option.

With neither due to host until the next decade, these clubs have time to deconstruct hundreds of years of discriminative history. Troon, however, has no such luxury and it is understood that it was under pressure from the R&A to act and to act quickly. 

This is something of a U-Turn by Royal Troon, which always considered itself different from other male-other clubs.

When the R&A’s dual-sex intent became known, the club informed the Telegraph that it had “no plans” to change policy, with the then secretary, David Brown, adding: “Although we are a single gender club, some 370 members of the Ladies Golf Club, Troon do, in fact, share our on-course facilities”.

Unfortunate and rather scandalous. But Royal Troon has also announced that the Ladies Golf Club will play an unprecedented part in next year’s Open. Members of both clubs have formed a joint Championship Committee. It will be the first time in the 155-year history of the Open that two clubs will share the responsibility of staging the championship.

It’s about time clubs like Royal Troon caught up with the 21st Century!

Royal Troon captain Bob Martin said: “Royal Troon Golf Club has hosted the Open on eight occasions since 1923 and in 2016 we will share this responsibility with The Ladies’ Golf Club, Troon as joint hosts of the 145th Open Championship.

The clubs enjoy a close working relationship and we look forward to hosting a successful Open here in 2016.”

The Ladies’ Golf Club, Troon captain, Sara-Ann Bottomley added: “Both clubs take immense pride in the Old Course at Troon and it is thrilling to share the honour of hosting the Open and the joint responsibility for delivering the event.”

It's about time clubs like Royal Troon caught up with the 21st Century!

Source: The Telegraph   James Corrigan

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10 Reasons why more women are playing golf - #9 is my favorite!

10 Reasons why more women are playing golf – #9 is my favorite!

10 Reasons why more women are playing golf – #9 is my favorite!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

More women are playing golf than ever before! 

Women have realized that there are at least 10 reasons to get into golf.  My golf school is noticing the trend.  More and more women’s groups are booking 3-day schools for  “women only” vacations.   Play together, learn together and dine out together.  What a fun way to learn the game!

10 Reasons why more women are playing golf - #9 is my favorite!

And the winner is…………….

Recently Andrew Wood of Legendary Marketing wrote a great article on this very subject.  Check it out.

Sandra Day O’Connor, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Vera Wang, Celine Dion, Anne Murray, Sharon Stone and Condoleezza Rice are just a few of the hundreds of famous women who are avid golfers. But you don’t have to be rich, famous or particularly athletic to enjoy the game.

Here are just some of the reason participation among women is growing;

Golfers Live Longer:

Now that’s a great start! Five years longer according to a Swedish study.

Golf Keeps You Trim:

It is a great way to stay in shape with a round of golf consuming 1500 calories if you walk. Golf also stimulates your creativity, problem-solving and strategic thinking.

Golf Gets a Girl Ahead.

In today’s competitive business environment women can’t afford NOT to play golf. Golf is one of the few sports that are widely accepted in the workplace as a way to quickly build relationships and close deals. Plus executives who play golf make 17% more than those who don’t!

Office Talk.

When the water cooler talk turns to bogies and birdies, you’ll be able to participate and get invited to play. Adrienne Wax, co-author of Even Par: How Golf helps Women Gain The Upper Hand In Businesssays“If you can talk about golf, all of the sudden you have a reason to talk to the CEO or your boss two levels above you.

Golf Has Fun Clothing:

Golf fashion is big business and you’ll enjoy some amazing options so you look your best on the greens.

Golfers Make Friends Easily:

Golf is a great, low stress way to make new friends and generate new leads for your business. Best of all the friends you make golfing will be friends for life!

10 Reasons why more women are playing golf - #9 is my favorite!

Playing and spending time with friends is always fun.

7. Quality Time:

Where else can you have four hours of quality time with your boss, colleagues, prospects, husband or kids, away from the stress of modern living? Golf is the anti video game and one you can enjoy with your loved ones through many decades.

Quality time with the family.

Quality time with the family.

8. Golf Is Great Recreational Value:

Golf is really a great value when compared to many other activities. For the same price or less as a 3-hour sports event, you can play golf all day long!

9. Golf Gives You a Great Reason to Travel:

There are so many unique and beautiful courses worldwide that golf gives you the perfect excuse to go visit! So check out some of the great places we feature at the World’s Best Golf Destinations and take a trip today!

10 Reasons why more women are playing golf - #9 is my favorite!

Playing Famous Courses is always a treat when you travel to play golf!

10. Golf is Like Sex:

You don’t actually have to be that good at it to enjoy it. Only 10% of all golfers ever score below 100. So relax, and have fun, as you are most likely in the majority.

So get out and play, girl!

Source: Andrew Wood   Legendary Marketing

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Natalie Gulbis eager to make 2015 start!

Natalie Gulbis eager to make 2015 start!

 

Natalie Gulbis eager to make 2015 start!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Natalie Gulbis is one of the nicest people I have ever met. 

Always smiling and always accommodating, she has had a few lean years due to injuries.  At the start of 2015, Natalie says she is injury-free and is looking forward to the 2015 LPGA Season. Randall Mell interviewed her recently, and here is that interview.

Natalie Gulbis eager to make 2015 start!

As one of the LPGA’s most popular ambassadors, Natalie Gulbis has become a tour treasure. The impact she makes outside the ropes, with her tireless promotional appearances, her generous devotion to so many causes, makes her one of the LPGA’s most valuable assets no matter where her name sits on the leaderboard.Gulbis, however, is eager to see if she can begin making an impact between the ropes again after being slowed the last two seasons with some serious physical challenges.

At 32, Gulbis is coming off surgery to repair two tears to her left hip flexor.

She had a laser procedure Thanksgiving week and spent more than a month without touching a club. She just began practicing again last week. While she won’t be ready to tee it up in the LPGA season opener next week at the Coates Golf Championship in Ocala, Fla., she’s targeting the following week’s Pure Silk Bahamas Classic for her return to competition.

“I’m just now starting to test it,” Gulbis told GolfChannel.com Thursday after an appearance at the adidas booth during the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. “I want to get back playing, but being injured quite a bit of my career, I’ve learned I have to be smart coming back the right way. “When I go back out, I want to go out feeling like I can win events.” Between the hip injury last year, and her bout with malaria the year before, Gulbis has struggled to find her best form. Malaria’s lingering effects slowed her early in 2013 and her hip injury shut her down for most of the second half of 2014.


Natalie Gulbis eager to make 2015 start!


Gulbis played the U.S. Women’s Open with hip pain in the middle of this last summer, and she paid a price for it.

She was sidelined for almost four months after that while trying to rehab through the injury and avoid surgery. She did not play the tour again until the Asian swing in October. “That wasn’t smart, coming back to play Asia,” Gulbis said. “I wasn’t ready, and the hip didn’t feel right.” Gulbis made her final start of the 2014 season at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico in November before shutting down again to have the hip fixed.

She walked 18 holes for the first time since surgery earlier this week, when she returned to Mexico to play with Ochoa in a charity event there. “I feel great,” Gulbis said. “Hitting balls for three or four hours on the range, but it’s different when you’re out competing, and you have to hit a shot around a tree, or in the rough, or from a plugged bunker lie. I haven’t had to hit from any uncomfortable lies yet.”

Gulbis said she will know before getting on a plane Sunday before the Pure Silk Bahamas whether she’s ready for that event.

If she isn’t, she will wait another month to make her start at the LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix in March. It’s a big year for Gulbis. With all the physical challenges, she has recorded just one top-10 finish over the last two seasons. She still has big goals. She would love to add a second LPGA victory to her Evian Championship title in ’07, and she wants to make the U.S. Solheim Cup team going to Germany late this year. She will need to chalk up a lot of points to make her fourth American team.

“Starting with Phoenix, I’m going to be playing everything,” Gulbis said. If there is lingering frustration having to deal with illness and injury over two years, Gulbis doesn’t show it. She got married a year ago, and she’s beaming about how much she’s enjoying her life and veteran status on tour. “This is my 15th year on tour,” Gulbis said. “It’s hard to believe. I’m not getting any younger, but I’m really ambitious.

I would love to go play that Solheim Cup this year. Those team events are the favorite weeks of my career.” They’re fueling her fire for a return to form.

Natalie Gulbis eager to make 2015 start!

Mel Sole and Natalie Gulbis at the River Club, SC

Source: Randell Mell    golfchannel.com

Pictures: Keith Allison   Mel Sole

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My Three Best Golf Tips for Beginner Women Golfers!

My Three Best Golf Tips for Beginner Women Golfers!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Are you someone who took up golf, only to give it up a year or two later?

I have heard some women say that for women starting golf,  it is a frustrating game.  It is too time-consuming, and it can be intimidating to play as a new golfer.

My Three Best Golf Tips for Beginner Women Golfers!

Here are my suggestions on how to overcome all of those cons:

1. Play with women who are of similar handicap.

If you aren’t a club member, join the EWGA (Executive Women’s Golf Association) in your area. They will help you meet other golfers and enjoy monthly get-togethers that emphasize having fun on the course. You can start out playing with a 9-hole group, where there’s no real competition or scoring expectations.

2. For rank beginners, tee off from the 100-yard marker (yes, put a tee in the ground on the fairway.)

And when you can score a six or better from that distance, move back to the 150-yard marker, then eventually to the 200-yard marker, and finally from the teeing ground. You’ll play much faster and won’t feel pressure from people waiting for you to play their shots.

3. Take regular instruction.

Indeed, golf is not an easy sport, and you need help to improve and enjoy it. Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, and Arnold Palmer all took lessons when they were learning and playing professionally. I recommend taking a three-day golf school program once each year, where you’ll work on drills for every aspect of the game, from tee to green. Make sure video is included, which is essential to your learning process.

In between your annual golf school, take a one-hour follow-up lesson from a reputable teaching pro at least once a month.

And finally, practice your drills at least two days per week to gain lasting improvement and confidence.

Source: Mel Sole

Pictures: Larry Neuberger

Thanks for reading – My Three Best Golf Tips for Beginner Women Golfers!

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