There has been an explosion in the popularity of women’s golf at the top level, with thousands of college age athletes choosing golf as their professional career. If you just look at the bodies out there on the USLPGA and the women’s European tour; it is a different world to just a couple of decades ago. As in the equivalent men’s tours around the world, the bodies are younger and much fitter, gyms and personal trainers are now an essential part of competing in golf at the highest level.
Women are hitting the golf ball further because they are stronger and they have athletic swings. Whereas in the old days of watching women’s golf it was bigger female body shapes, especially around the bottom and hips which gave those ladies their distance on the course. There is much more physical sports science now being taught about the golf swing, and the girls out on tour now know how to time their impact through the ball to achieve maximum results. Lots of golf teachers recommend that amateurs, both men and women, will learn more from watching the best women compete because they have such correct swings and the speeds are closer to that of the amateur.
Women golfers: putting the ball on the green. Women golfers have always been great putters of the golf ball, often making long putts under competitive pressure. Think of Karrie Webb, Annika Sorenstam, and now Stacy Lewis. Putting is a game within a game in golf; and in the end it all comes down to whether you can get the ball in the hole.
Women golfers are great role models for young female sportspeople. They are very fit, they look great and they handle themselves gracefully out on the course. Women’s health in general can only be improved by more women being inspired to take up golf and getting all that exercise and stress relief the game provides. And, they are starting to make some serious money out there these days competing for some sixty million dollars on the USLPGA tour. The new young stars like Lydia Ko from New Zealand, Inbee Park from Korea, and Lexi Thompson from the US are earning millions of dollars in prize money. Throw in Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis and you have some seriously good golfers and good looking girls; which always helps television ratings and audience numbers.