Why Not Gender-Blind Golf Tournaments?

Jan 30, 2010 Full story: bleacherreport.com 7

Can anyone tell me why the best women golfers cannot compete against the best men? "Because they're weaker, on average, than men," sings the Conventional Wisdom Chorus.

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Since: Jun 07

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#1 Jan 30, 2010
If there was a way to even it up...it would be interesting...Ever notice that the women usually win the SKINS tournaments...
socalgawfer

Trabuco Canyon, CA

#2 Jan 30, 2010
Selecia Jones- JAX FL wrote:
If there was a way to even it up...it would be interesting...Ever notice that the women usually win the SKINS tournaments...
This is why it isn't done. There has to be a way "to even it up". Playing different lengths, is playing a different course. Unfortunately this will only happen in silly season events

Since: Dec 08

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Feb 1, 2010
"This is why it isn't done. The7re has to be a way "to even it up". Playing different lengths, is playing a different course. Unfortunately this will only happen in silly season events"

That is simply not true. The article talked about three tees, many courses have as many as five. The intent of the differing distances, and the handicap system, is to allow equal competition regardless skill level. To assert that length alone is what counts is to completely ignore the simple fact that apart from the tee shot, the women, regular non-pro players, amateurs and professionals, are all playing their second and subsequent, shots from the same place. Length alone does NOT make the golf course nor. The differing tee boxes account for the differing skill levels and physical strength as well, you do know they also have seniors tees? The different tee boxes even things out is all, and if women were allowed to play from them, all else would be equal.
socalgawfer

Los Angeles, CA

#4 Feb 1, 2010
genej wrote:
"This is why it isn't done. The7re has to be a way "to even it up". Playing different lengths, is playing a different course. Unfortunately this will only happen in silly season events"
That is simply not true. The article talked about three tees, many courses have as many as five. The intent of the differing distances, and the handicap system, is to allow equal competition regardless skill level. To assert that length alone is what counts is to completely ignore the simple fact that apart from the tee shot, the women, regular non-pro players, amateurs and professionals, are all playing their second and subsequent, shots from the same place. Length alone does NOT make the golf course nor. The differing tee boxes account for the differing skill levels and physical strength as well, you do know they also have seniors tees? The different tee boxes even things out is all, and if women were allowed to play from them, all else would be equal.
The, rather than moving the ladies up, let men and women play from all the same tees but shorter.

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Since: Jun 07

LIVING WELL*THE BEST REVENGE

#5 Feb 1, 2010
socalgawfer wrote:
<quoted text>
The, rather than moving the ladies up, let men and women play from all the same tees but shorter.
Now there is an idea...

Since: Feb 07

Juarez, Mexico

#6 Feb 5, 2010
Selecia Jones- JAX FL wrote:
<quoted text>Now there is an idea...
Ok fine but what will the lengths be to make it even????? The top LPGA Player in driving distance averaged 275.5 yds a drive. The LPGA player in 30th averaged 257.8. The top PGA Player in driving distanced averaged 312 yds per drive. The player in 30th averaged 296.5.
There is no way that you can have men and women compete evenly. Take a 500 yd par 5. Most women Golfers(pro) are laying up on their second shot and most Men Golfers(pro) are taking an iron out to reach the green in two. Who has the advantage???? The player taking an iron for their 3rd shot or the player putting for their third shot. Leave the competition between the LPGA and the PGA to the silly season. Does M. Wie ring a bell or, in fact, how about Annika?

Since: Dec 08

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Feb 5, 2010
Rich is right. The way you compensate for the physical strength disparity is by having separate, but equal lol, tee boxes. Once off the tee, the competition is exactly the same for all. I think the folks who make the rules for the game know what they are doing. :^)

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