Pointers for Women Golfers
Golf was predominantly a male sport prior to the 16th century. During the early 1900s, women became more active
in the sport, although they had already started to take interest in it right from the 1500s.
Early pioneers like Mary Queen of Scots simply opened the doors and set the stage for other women to take full
interest in the sport.
Although women are now full participants in golf, and actively compete in golf tournaments, the
sport still has an aura of male domination.
Even when women’s golf was blossoming, many golf courses were being constructed with a masculine feel.
Consequently, even the best women golfers are sort of ‘intimidated’ to make it to the green in regulation numbers.
But this shouldn’t be a source of discouragement. Scoring isn’t off tee, it is built around the greens. Women make
up for the distance loss in the short game as that’s where they outshine.
Some crucial pointers for women
In golf, physical valor is not a woman’s area to outshine, rather, their accuracy levels stand out and that’s
their strong point, a key to their triumph.
Both men and women are pretty evenly matched on the course, but while it is almost natural for men to know how
to grip a baseball bat, it is not something that comes naturally for women. On the golf course however, both men
and women come on the course with no preconceived notion of how a club is held.
Generally, women have smaller hands compared to men’s, thus, most probably, a woman will use either a natural
ten finger grip (like a baseball bat) - where all fingers and the palms are gripping the stick - or an interlock
grip. And while it is generally hard for all golfers to maintain a solid grip during a golf swing, it is worse for
A woman’s grip tends to loosen as the club reaches the top of the swing. It ought to be stressed that a club is
like a weapon used to ‘strike the enemy’ (ball); lose grip of it and your enemy strays.
What follows after losing grip on top of the swing is an attempt to re-grip during downswing, which results in
loss of head control and distance. During practice, it’s important to try and swing the club back with the left
hand, as this makes you conscious of the need to firmly grip with the last three fingers, which conditions a muscle
memory in the fingers and forearm to grow. It will also increase strength in t he forearm so that your grip remains
firm from start to end of the swing.
One final thing of great importance is practice. As a lady golfer, the only way you can hone your game is
through constant practice. It’s hard, particularly for women, to find enough time during day to practice, but you
can make the most of your free time by practicing at home.
The most important thing is to have some kind of plan for your practice. The beauty with practicing at home is
that you can achieve a lot of things without a golf ball, or a practice range.
For instance, the way you grip the club is one of the most important changes you can make, yet you don’t
necessarily require a ball. Practice gripping the golf club as
many times as you can at home and before long, you’ll start to feel comfortable with a proper grip, and it will
show on the course.