On the Golf For Women site, Mark Reiter uncorks an amazing confession: as a golfer, he relates more to the LPGA than to the men’s Tour.
But when you think about it, Reiter makes sense. There are few recreational golfers who play ninety percent of the par fours as driver-wedge. Not many can regularly spin a ball back to the pin. And who—other than the Tour pros—aims at bunkers because sand saves are nearly certain things?
On the other hand, the LPGA players play a game that is much more familiar. On long par fours, they’re hitting driver-mid iron. It takes them three shots to get to the greens on par 5s. They don’t spin the ball back to the hole.
LPGA pros play golf the way its creators intended it to be played. They avoid bunkers because bunkers are supposed to be penal, not a strategic advantage. When the women fire at the green, the ball obeys the laws of physics as I know them; it either thuds to a stop or rolls forward. It doesn’t behave like golf’s equivalent of a three-point bank shot. When the women land in thick rough, they take their lumps like the rest of us and punch out back to the fairway.
Reiter makes it a point to say that it’s not because the LPGA is somehow second rate. These gals would whip most amateur golfers.
For what it’s worth, I agree with him. I also think that more amateurs should take a page from the play of the senior tour players.