We recently took an online poll of golfers asking the question, “What golf improvement would make you the happiest this year?” Answers for this question are always variable but if you separate golfers into their respective categories, the same groups of golfers tend to want the same type of improvement for their golf game, especially for women.
Similar to our poll, Women’s Golf Magazine took a poll of their subscribers and asked, “if you could improve just one aspect of your game, what would it be?” The vast majority of women answered “more power,” whereas the majority of men, including senior golfers, wanted a variety of improvements including improved accuracy and hitting more greens in regulation.
We are not talking about brute, gorilla, long drive power but enough power to drive the ball down the fairway far enough to have a high percentage chance to hit the green in regulation.
And why do women golfers need more power?
The obvious answer would be that they generally don’t hit the golf ball as far as men. In fact, the average amateur woman golfer hits the ball approximately 75% as far as the average amateur male golfer.
Ideally this should not make a real difference in their golf game because golf courses are supposed to be designed with different tee boxes so that the difference in the distance women and men hit the golf ball should be accounted for, right? Actually they are not, not even close!
The difference between the Men’s and Women’s tee boxes is, on average, only 10%! Not the 25% that would make all things equal.
Just to put things in perspective for you guys reading this article, if you want to feel what it is like for a women on your average golf course today, you would have to play a golf course that is 7500 yards long! That is, 300 yards longer than your average PGA Tour golf course. Does it make sense why women golfers want and need more distance?
Women are playing extremely long distance golf courses in relation to their average swing power. As a result, power is a premium!
With power at a premium for women, how do we improve it? Do we need Tiger’s biceps or Dustin Johnson’s bulky deltoids? Heck no! Maybe you have heard of Lorena Ochoa? She is no bulging behemoth!
I will never forget Golf Digest a couple years ago with Lorena gracing the cover with the caption “5 foot 6, 127 lbs, average 290 yard drive”!
How is that possible? It’s really not that complicated. We address and train golfers at Age Defying Golf according to these principles.
QUESTION: As a women golfer, do you find it difficult to hit the green in regulation(1st shot on par 3, 2nd shot on par 4, 3rd shot for par 5)? Are you having to use hybrids and fairways woods for your approach shots or do you hit the ball far enough to use short, easier to hit, irons?
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