Why I Started Playing Golf Like a Girl - The Male Perspective
I started watching the LPGA Tour last year, and to be completely honest, it started off as background noise while I worked on honey-do's:) (honey do that, honey do this). Before I knew it I was watching a complete round while admiring the fluid slow swings that produced consistent and accurate results. PGA Tour players have very fast swing speeds and it's hard to see their rhythmic swings unless the magic of television shows you those swings in slow motion. The problem is that amateur golfers often watch professional PGA players with their monster drives that travel 300+ yards and they think they can duplicate those same distances by swinging hard and fast while the inverse applies. What the LPGA Tour offers is the chance to observe a slower swing that still produces fantastic results, all without having to pull a hamstring in the process.
For the past few months I have secretly measured driving distances (on my Garmin watch) from my playing companions and the distances, on average, rarely get to 250 yards. Most of those drives are a result of trying to kill the ball by swinging hard off the tee. My unofficial experiment coupled with my observations of the LPGA Tour has led me to use my 3-wood more often while executing a slower swing speed and has produced more consistency (240-250 yards on average) off the tee. Now when I pull out my driver I have the same thinking; slow down the swing to produce a consistent distance (average 260-275 yards). The same method applies to all the clubs in my bag, my iron distances have increased by 5-10 yards by slowing down my swing speed.
My Thinking Off the Tee:
- Less Than <315 Yards - Use Hybrid, 5 Wood or Long Iron
- Less Than <375 Yards - Use 3-wood
- More Than >375 Yards - Use Driver
Let Your Mind Outweigh Your Testosterone!
Recent Observation of the LPGA
Last week I watched a few hours of the Swinging Skirts Classic. I took note of the clubs the ladies were hitting and the distances those clubs traveled. My distances closely matched those of an LPGA player more than a PGA Tour player. And I am okay with that!
The next time you tee it up, try using a club other than your driver off the tee and measure those distances. You might be surprised on the slight variance between your driver and your 3-wood. Also, try one swing thought, that being the 'SLOW SWING'. The results might be what you need for added confidence in your golf game.
The next time someone says you play like a girl, tip your cap and say thank you!