Common misconceptions about women and slow play

By Bailey MosierJune 28, 2013, 2:30 pm

OK, guys. On this I will concede: there are some things in life that women take more time doing than men. The obvious ones include dating (let’s just take things slowly), getting ready (I’ll be down in five minutes, I swear!) and telling a story (get to the point already, would ya?).

But when it comes to slow play on the golf course, this isn’t a matter of female vs. male. Slow players come in all shapes, sizes and sexes. Once we’re on the first tee, it matters not whether you’re in a skort or a pair of shorts, but rather, if you understand universal pace-of-play principles. With that being said, allow me to debunk a few commonly held misconceptions about females and slow play in golf.

1. Girls get their gab – not their golf – on

There’s the perception that women get on the golf course and become chatty Cathys, paying little to no attention to the actual task at hand or the speed at which they’re moving. And because women are talking too much, they’re taking too long in-between shots, inevitably becoming the source of slow play.

Hate to break it to you, boys, but it’s not exactly sullenness and serenity when you get together on the course, either. Drinking beers and yucking it up with your buddies – does that sound familiar? Or how about all the business meetings and client entertaining that takes place on the golf course? There are just as many instances of men telling stories, socializing and schmoozing on the course as there are of women. But that’s the point – golf is about sharing time with good company in beautiful surroundings. It’s OK – encouraged, even – to share stories and enjoy the day, but it’s important that women and men understand when to chat vs. when to chip.

2. Women are worse golfers than men

Yes, there are some not-so-great females who play golf. But there are also a lot of not-so-great males who tee it up. Point being that if a woman hits it sideways five times, takes three tries to get out of the bunker and then three-putts, she’s no worse – or slower – than the man who’s doing the same thing.

Besides, we all know that person – male or female – who shoots 110 but never holds up the group. And we also know that person who shoots 70 but takes five and a half hours to do it.

3. Women don’t hit it as far, so they have to hit more shots

For the overwhelming majority of females, this is factual – women don’t hit it as far as men do. But that’s why there are forward tees. And unlike men, women have no qualms – and no ego – about hitting from the forward tees. We know our limitations and we know it’s more enjoyable to hit driver, 8-iron into a green as opposed to driver, 3-wood, wedge. And even if the woman you’re playing with doesn’t hit it very far, she likely doesn’t hit it very crooked either. So what does another shot a hole from the fairway or just off it really matter when women are finding their ball quickly and not searching for it 40 yards left in the adjacent fairway? Women might not hit it as far, but they’re also not as likely to get into as much trouble as men often find themselves in.

4. Women are too slow to play through

It's common courtesy to let groups through who are playing faster than you. If there's no one in front of you, the universal code is to let the faster-paced group behind you play through, no hard feelings. 

But if and when the group behind you includes women, men are quick to assume that the women behind them can't possibly be faster than they are and thus, won't let the women behind them play through. 

Not only is this poor etiquette and poor reasoning, but it creates traffic behind you. If ladies are hot on your tail for a few holes and clearly keeping up, let them pass. You'll enjoy your round more because of it and the rest of the field behind you will thank you, as well.

5. Women don’t know the rules or etiquette of golf

It's often believed that women don't know the rules or etiquette of golf, so men may have to spend time and energy explaining the step-by-step process of when to hit, which club to hit and what to do if they lose their ball. Having to tell a woman when to hit and what club to hit shouldn't happen unless the female is a beginner. But save for etiquette on the green – i.e. not walking in someone's line – a woman's ignorance (and indifference) about the rules can be bliss.

Say the woman you're playing with – your wife or girlfriend, perhaps – hits a drive that goes straight but short. It's not at all unusual for a woman to scoop her ball up and go drop it up next to the man's and play the hole in from there, thus making the whole process advance smoother and quicker. Or if she hits it sideways into some bushes, she'll probably just drop another ball or wait and chip and putt when you get up to the green. Women aren't sticklers for the rules, but instead focus on the enjoyment of being outdoors, the company they're with and the exercise they're getting. So while women may not know all of the rules of golf, it's likely this can work to everyone's benefit.

Slow play affects women and men, equally, and we should work together to combat pace-of-play issues for everyone. This isn't a battle of the sexes, but it is a fight to get to the finish line more quickly.

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Wie has hand surgery, out for rest of 2018

By Randall MellOctober 18, 2018, 9:43 pm

Michelle Wie will miss the rest of this season after undergoing surgery Thursday to fix injuries that have plagued her right hand in the second half of this year.

Wie announced in an Instagram post that three ailments have been causing the pain in her hand: an avulsion fracture, bone spurs and nerve entrapment.

An avulsion fracture is an injury to the bone where it attaches to a ligament or tendon.

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I think John Mayer once said, “Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, be strong and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.” A lot of people have been asking me what’s been going on with my hand and I haven’t shared much, because I wasn’t sure what was going on myself. After countless MRI’s, X-rays, CT scans, and doctor consultations, I was diagnosed with having a small Avulsion Fracture, bone spurring, and nerve entrapment in my right hand. After 3 cortisone injections and some rest following the British Open, we were hoping it was going to be enough to grind through the rest of the season, but it just wasn’t enough to get me through. So I made the decision after Hana Bank to withdraw from the rest of the season, come back to the states, and get surgery to fix these issues. It’s been disheartening dealing with pain in my hand all year but hopefully I am finally on the path to being and STAYING pain free! Happy to announce that surgery was a success today and I cannot wait to start my rehab so that I can come back stronger and healthier than ever. Huge thank you to Dr. Weiland’s team at HSS for taking great care of me throughout this process and to all my fans for your unwavering support. It truly means the world to me. I’ll be back soon guys!!!! Promise

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Dr. Andrew Weiland, an attending orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, performed the procedure.

“It’s been disheartening dealing with pain in my hand all year, but, hopefully, I am finally on the path to being and staying pain free,” Wie wrote.

Wie withdrew during the first round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open with the hand injury on Aug. 2 and didn’t play again until teeing it up at the UL International Crown two weeks ago and the KEB Hana Bank Championship last week. She played those events with what she hoped was a new “pain-free swing,” one modeled after Steve Stricker, with more passive hands and wrists. She went 1-3 at the UL Crown and tied for 59th in the limited field Hana Bank.

“After 3 cortisone injections and some rest following the British Open, we were hoping it was going to be enough to grind through the rest of the season, but it just wasn’t enough to get me through,” she wrote.

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Wie, who just turned 29 last week, started the year saying her top goal was to try to stay injury free. She won the HSBC Women’s World Championship in March, but her goal seemed doomed with a diagnosis of arthritis in both wrists before the year even started.

Over the last few years, Wie has dealt with neck, back, hip, knee and ankle injuries. Plus, there was an emergency appendectomy that knocked her out of action for more than a month late last season. Her wrists have been an issue going back to early in her career.

“I don’t think there is one joint or bone in her body that hasn’t had some sort of injury or issue,” Wie’s long-time swing coach, David Leadbetter, said earlier this year.

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Woods receives his Tour Championship trophy

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 18, 2018, 8:57 pm

We all know the feeling of giddily anticipating something in the mail. But it's doubtful that any of us ever received anything as cool as what recently showed up at Tiger Woods' Florida digs.

This was Woods' prize for winning the Tour Championship. It's a replica of "Calamity Jane," Bobby Jones' famous putter. Do we even need to point out that the Tour Championship is played at East Lake, the Atlanta course where Jones was introduced to the game.

Woods broke a victory drought of more than five years by winning the Tour Championhip. It was his 80th PGA Tour win, leaving him just two shy of Sam Snead's all-time record.

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Garcia 2 back in storm-halted Andalucia Masters

By Associated PressOctober 18, 2018, 7:08 pm

SOTOGRANDE, Spain  -- Ashley Chesters was leading on 5-under 66 at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters when play was suspended because of darkness with 60 golfers yet to complete their weather-hit first rounds on Thursday.

More than four hours was lost as play was twice suspended because of stormy conditions and the threat of lightning at the Real Club Valderrama in southern Spain.

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English journeyman Chesters collected six birdies and one bogey to take a one-shot lead over Gregory Bourdy of France. Tournament host and defending champion Sergio Garcia was on 68 along with fellow Spaniards Alvaro Quiros and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, and Australia's Jason Scrivener.

''It's a shame I can't keep going because the last few holes were the best I played all day. Considering all the delays and everything, I'm very happy with 5 under,'' Chesters said. ''The forecast for the rest of the week is not very good either so I thought I'll just make as many birdies as I can and get in.''

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Caddies drop lawsuit; Tour increases healthcare stipend

By Rex HoggardOctober 18, 2018, 3:33 pm

After nearly four years of litigation, a group of PGA Tour caddies have dropped their lawsuit against the circuit.

The lawsuit, which was filed in California in early 2015, centered on the bibs caddies wear during tournaments and ongoing attempts by the caddies to improve their healthcare and retirement options.

The caddies lost their class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court and an appeal this year.

Separately, the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, which was not involved in the lawsuit but represents the caddies to the Tour, began negotiating with the circuit last year.

“I told the guys, if we really want a healthy working relationship with the Tour, we need to fix this and open the lines of communication,” said Scott Sajtinac, the president of the APTC.

In January 2017, Jay Monahan took over as commissioner of the Tour and began working with the APTC to find a solution to the healthcare issue. Sajtinac said the Tour has agreed to increase the stipend it gives caddies for healthcare beginning next year.

“It took a year and a half, but it turned out to be a good result,” Sajtinac said. “Our goal is to close that window for the guys because healthcare is such a massive chunk of our income.”

In a statement released by the Tour, officials pointed out the lawsuit and the “potential increase to the longtime caddie healthcare subsidy” are two separate issues.

“Although these two items have been reported together, they are not connected. The PGA Tour looks forward to continuing to support the caddies in the important role they play in the success of our members,” the statement said.

Caddies have received a stipend from the Tour for healthcare for some time, and although Sajtinac wouldn’t give the exact increase, he said it was over 300 percent. Along with the APTC’s ability to now negotiate healthcare plans as a group, the new stipend should dramatically reduce healthcare costs for caddies.

“It’s been really good,” said Sajtinac, who did add that there are currently no talks with the Tour to created a retirement program for caddies. “Everybody is really excited about this.”