Women have worked hard over the years to show that they’re capable of doing anything men can do. But when it comes to women’s pastimes, it can still be difficult to move into stereotypically male hobbies and sports. Nonetheless, women are continuing to break down those stereotypes, and they’re having a great time doing it!
At Totally Driven in Minnesota, we love helping women improve their golf game with golf fitness training, golf lessons, and more. In this post, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about women in golf including why more women are taking up our favorite sport. Give us a call to schedule your golf lessons today!
A Doorway to Opportunities
Women’s participation in golf in many ways represents their access to the same opportunities as men. For millions of American business professionals, golf is more than just a fun pastime. It’s also an important place to make and build important connections that give them that professional edge.
In fact, about 90% of Fortune 500 executives are golfers and a quarter of America’s 25 million golfers are high-level business executives. But unfortunately, very few of those golfers are women, which means women are missing out on participating in an important space when it comes to moving ahead professionally.
The good news is that more women are showing up to prove they’re every bit as competent at golf and business, building those important connections in the process. As more women begin to enjoy golf alongside their male counterparts, they’re showing they have the right stuff both on and off the green.
Women in Golf
Despite their under-representation in golf, women have always participated in the sport. Queen Mary Stuart was famously a fan of golf all the way back in the 16th century when she played on the famous St. Andrew’s course. In fact, she was once embroiled in a scandal after showing up to play during what was meant to be the mourning period for her late husband.
Many golf fans are also surprised to learn that the LPGA tour has been around longer than the PGA. Nonetheless, the numbers of women in golf have remained low over the past few decades, growing by only about one percent during that period. Women also play fewer rounds than men according to statistics.
But as strong women have proven throughout history time and time again, traditions were made to be broken. Here are a few reason more women today are starting to take up golf:
1. Break the Glass Ceiling
Remember those business professionals? 80% of golfers see golf as an important tool for the business world. Some of the most important connections and business deals start on the golf course. Pitch your big ideas to upper management or woo potential clients while you’re impressing them with your swing.
2. Get Healthy
While it’s not exactly heavy cardio, golf definitely involves plenty of walking. In fact, you can spend as much as five hours walking while you’re playing all day. According to experts, you can easily burn 1500 calories while you’re playing 18 holes.
3. Get Some Fresh Air
We could all use more opportunities to spend time in the great outdoors and soak in some vitamin D.
4. Hang With the Girls
If you’re tired of played-out stereotypically female pastimes, take your friends to the golf course or consider taking golf lessons together. Or make it an international affair and go on a golf vacation in an exotic locale with your favorite people!
5. Look Great
You don’t have to be a fashionista to love the idea of personalizing your golf wardrobe. But if you ask us, the best accessories you can have on the golf course are custom fit golf clubs.
Getting Started in Golf
If you’re just getting started in golf, it can seem a bit intimidating. The first thing you need to remember is that everyone starts out a little rough, so don’t worry about looking awkward or not knowing everything. Some of the best advice you can follow is to focus on trying to have fun and don’t take your performance too seriously.
It is also important to learn all about the basic rules and etiquette including important safety tips. One of the best investments you can make as a beginning golfer is in professional golf coaching or lessons to help you navigate this new territory.
Here are a few more steps you can take to make your experience a positive one:
1. Get a professional golf club fitting.
2. Practice regularly and consistently.
3. Play with a friend or golf partner.
4. Learn the most important golf terminology.
5. Watch professional golf.
6. Read about golf etiquette.
7. Don’t forget to have fun!
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When you first get started as a woman in golf, there can be a lot to keep track of. As long as you’re respectful and enjoying the ride, you’ll end up an old pro before you know it. Just remember: Everyone has to start somewhere.
Are you ready to schedule your custom golf club fitting or sign up for professional golf lessons? Contact Totally Driven online to sign up today or give us a call at (952) 681-2728.