The other day I had a group of women come in for a lesson. There were three of them, best friends since their college days and just full of energy and fun. I had a great time working with them and finally got around to asking how they came to me for a lesson. The answer somewhat surprised me. Each one wanted to try golf or had some experience with golf because of their dad, a spouse or boyfriend; but they were intimated or almost fearful to take lessons or be on the course. This troubled me. So I asked more questions so that I better understood why this was the case.
Even as best friends each one was unaware that the other wanted to try or play golf, it was strictly a coincidence that it was brought up during a girls night out that they found out each had a secret desire to take lessons and ultimately play. There has long been a stigma that women typically slow down the play at the course or they are too social to play. In my experience I just don’t find that to be true. Slow play has nothing to do with gender or your level of play. If that were the case please explain why there is a push on the PGA tour to increase the pace of play - those are men playing at the highest level? Shouldn’t they be able to play ready golf and set the example for everyone else? As an instructor it troubles me because I feel it’s our responsibility to grow the game to make all people feel welcome.
So here is my pitch to all of the women that want to learn golf but are too afraid, too intimidated, or have just put it off because life just gets in the way. Get a few of your girlfriends together and call The Simple World of Golf for a group lesson. Golf is a social sport and should be shared with friends and people you enjoy being with. It should also be with someone who knows and understands the fears and apprehension that comes with a new experience.