More And More Women Are Taking Up Golf And Want The Industry To Address Their Specific Needs
by Nancy Berkley
President, Berkley Consulting
Golf is a male dominated sport and likely to remain so for years to come. But more and more women are taking up golf for business and want the industry to address their specific needs. The only way to achieve this, however, is to get organised.
If you have never played golf, have already given it up or only play a few times a year, you know that the game needs to be more women-friendly. In spite of the many new initiatives and programs for women golfers, the reality is that golf operations will be male-dominated for years to come. Out of the total 30,000 golf professionals in The PGA and LPGA teaching certifications programs, only about 2000 are women.
We all know golf is a challenging sport
So why would you pick this notoriously humbling game to put yourself in the best possible light?
Here are just a few simple golf tips that should help you feel confident to play ‘a round’ with your boss:
You're in Good Company-The Average Woman Golfer Is Forty-Two Years Old And Plays Eighteen Rounds Per Year
Golf for business women is becoming a necessary part of some women's tools for increasing business success
If you think you're the only one out on the course trying to hit that little white golf ball, you don't need to worry. Noted trend analyst Faith Popcorn, in her latest book EVEolution (Hyperion, New York), proclaims women are catching on to what men have known for years. She notes, "The fastest growing group of golfers is women. . . . Businesswomen are using the game as businessmen did before them--for networking, for entertaining clients, and for making business deals right on the links."
Athleticism An Absolute? Any Woman Can Learn The Golf Swing. She Needs To Make Up Her Mind To Learn One
Many women believe they can't play golf because they aren't athletic (or aren't athletic enough) and didn't play sports when they were young. I spoke to two of Golf for Women's top fifty women golf instructors and a popular male teaching professional in the San Francisco Bay area to learn their thoughts on how athletic you need to be to learn the golf swing.
FREEDOM: Exercise for Your Body, Mind, and Spirit
If you're overworked and overwhelmed, that's when you most need to go outdoors, get some exercise, and reconnect with your spirit. Whether you play golf for business or pleasure, hitting the golf ball can give you that much needed time for yourself.
"Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your objective".
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Playing Golf Burns Calories.
One stereotype about golfers is that they are overweight and ride around in golf carts all day. You might wonder what type of exercise is that? You're right--you won't get as much exercise if you ride in a cart.