LPGA Pros Keep Golf Real

Watching LPGA Tour players can be an eye-opening experience for the average golfer as these talented ladies navigate their way around treacherous setups and tucked pins on a weekly basis. As anyone who has played golf can attest, watching professionals compete can make the game seem easy. That is until we get back to the course ourselves and take a smooth quadruple bogey like Jordan Spieth on Sunday at the Masters (sorry Jordan <3). But there is somewhat of a disconnect felt when watching guys on the PGA Tour blast the ball 320+ yards and overpowering the golf course. For most golfers, a lucky bounce off the cart path is necessary to hit it as far as Dustin Johnson or Jason Day. However, when watching LPGA Tour pros, there is very little overpowering of the course. They aren’t bombing it over strategically placed bunkers and holding wedge in their hands on 470-yard par 4s. Instead they are playing the course like most of us average joes would play it; except they can actually execute the shots necessary to post the video game-like scores that they shoot on a weekly basis. LPGA pros keep the game in perspective for fans in a way that can easily be related to. I know for a fact that I will never rip drives the way Rory McIlroy does, but pin seeking with a wedge from 75-yards out like Lydia Ko does is something that I am more than capable of. Now how likely it is that I will execute shots like the ladies on tour do is another story, but at least it is within imagination to believe I can replicate their talents.


Author: sportswille

Reformed ad agency guy. Sac Kings, PGA Tour, Pebble Beach, Aspen yielded fascination with sports business. Now teach at my alma mater, University of Texas Austin: Integrated Marketing, Social Media, Business and Law and Sports Audiences. 40 year streak of single digit handicap under severe pressure.

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