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Did you know that studies have shown that women who play golf live longer? Think about it: Golf is a mind-body exercise (the best kind) as well as providing the physical exercise of walking even when using a cart. Playing golf helps women maintain balance, flexibility and posture. Need proof: Look at the women playing golf at your club. Aren't there some amazing 80-year and 90-year old women? Further evidence: Read "Brain, Heal Thyself" in the February 6, 2015 issue of the Wall Street Journal. Walking two miles a day has shown in studies to prevent dementia, alzheimers and Parkinson's Disease.
The 7 Newest Trends for Women Golfers -- Observations from the PGA Merchandise Show:
I was at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida January 26-29, 2016 where hundreds of manufacturers of products for the golf industry show their products to the representatives from golf facilities from around the world. I spotted 7 Trends that will make a difference to women golfers. Read about them in the February Newsletter on www.womensgolf.com or on Nancy Berkley Facebook pages. Here's my summary
Golf Industry Trends for 2016 – Nancy Berkley
Trend #1 – The game of golf is in an “up-tick” mode. There was more energy in the air at this year’s show than in any in the past few years. The U.S. and world stock market may be having jitters, but golf offers relaxation, distraction and fun.
Trend #2 – More equipment manufacturers are paying more attention to women golfers. Callaway announced at a breakfast for women leaders in the industry that it was very serious about womens golf. Callaway introduced a new line for women golfers developed with technology from the Boeing company.
Trend #3 – More manufacturers are paying more attention to junior golfers. [U.S. Kids, Garb]. The age of junior golfers is getting younger. Top teachers of junior golf now including those on the top U.S. Kids Teachers List introduce it at the age of three. The Little Golf T.R.A.I.N. introduces golf to 2 year-olds. But the emphasis is on fun -- not performance.
Trend #4 – Women’s golf clothes are more beautiful than ever. Watch for ruffles, lace and matching patterned tops and bottoms. My favorite is the new PUMA line for women. PUMA moved its women's clothing design division from the east coast to the west coast -- and what a difference. Look for PUMA's tights with matching skorts, beautiful sleeve detail on women's shirts and skirts and bottoms in same pattern offering the slimness and style of golf dresses (without the "dress" part).
Trend #5 – Women’s traditional golf attire is incorporating fitness attire. It's not only fitness fabrics but a serious introduction of tights with skorts. The U.S. Solheim Cup team with its stars and stripes tights was the tipping point. Smart golf facilities will have to rethink their women’s “dress-codes”.
Trend #6 – Women in business are more strongly promoting women’s golf as a success strategy. And outstanding Center Stage Panel confirming that more women are using more golf as part of their business strategy.
Trend #7 – More global golf travel. Booths from Ireland, Mexico and Turkey to name a few and great luxurious vans for group-travel. I'm keeping my golf suitcase and clubs packed.
STAY UP TO DATE ON WOMENS GOLF WITH FREE NEWSLETTERS:
For a good update on womens golf (published every few weeks), sign up for the free Newsletter on www.womensgolf.com which includes original material written just for the Newsletter. It includes my "Notes from Nancy" -- a short op-ed paragraph or two about something of interest to female golfers. The next womensgolf.com newsletter in early February will include my Notes from the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando Florida and what I think are the products and trends in women's golf. Womensgolf.com is the most read on-line golf magazine for women with an excellent and varied group of contributors covering a broad range of topics for and about women and girls interested in golf.
Another free newsletter that comes out weekly is available on www.golfforher.com a website developed by the Women's Committee of the World Golf Founation (of which I am a member). The Newsletter provides a selection of recent popular articles from the site. The site is organized for golfers of different skills and interets such as a "New to Golf" section.
As founder and President of Berkley Golf Consulting over fifteeen years ago, I am a recognized expert in the history-- and future growth -- of women's and girls' golf in the U.S. As the LPGA has extended its global reach along with other global women's golf tours such as the Ladies European tour (the LET) and with the growth of women's golf in Japan, Korea, China and Australia -- women's golf is now a worldwide sport. The timing is perfect for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 and the historic return of golf to the competitions. Follow my observations on www.womensgolf.com -- a website with a world-wide audience and a monthly newsletter.
My mission as an advocate of women's golf is simple: To increase the number of women and girls who play and enjoy golf! Current 2015 statistics indicate that about one-third of all new golfers in the U.S. are women. The challenge is to keep them playing golf. In an industry where in the United States 99% of the "gatekeepers" to courses are male PGA Golf Professionals, there are many challenges. Berkley Golf Consulting.com (also www.nancyberkley.com) is both an informational resource with personal editorial comments. I have always maintained an honest and independent voice about women's golf.
My services include writing about golf for women golfers and junior girls AND consulting and advising golf industry associations, facility professionals, golf course management companies about how to grow the game at their own facilities. I offer educational programs to women golfers as well as to PGA of America professionals. I am a member of the Womens Committee of the World Golf Foundation and participated in establishing and reporting on www.golfforher.com -- a website for women golfers that is well-organized by topics and offers a weekly newsletter.
My expertise is based on decades of playing golf recreationally beginning in college and during my years as a lawyer and marketing executive. With fifteen years of additional research about women's golf and more recently junior-girl golfers, I am a committed advocate to growing women's golf both as players and also as fans.
My experiences on golf club boards and committees along with participation in industry organizations provides me with a unique understanding of the barriers women may sometimes feel and experience.
I know that these barriers can be overcome by understanding why women want to play golf. why they should play golf and what a facility needs to do to keep them playing golf. For specific information about my background and qualificatios, ABOUT NANCY_CV
Let the 2016 LPGA Season Begin!
The 2016 LPGA Season coming up is the strongest season in years – many years! More tournaments, more prize money and performances will determine who goes to the Rio Olympics, who plays in the LPGA International Crown and who competes in the “Road to the the CME” and the season’s concluding CME Tour Championship
To follow the season, go to http://www.lpga.com and go to the “Tournaments” tab. Check out when it is televised in your area and if necessary, tape it. Follow the results on LPGA.com. While you are there, hit the “Download Schedule” under the Tournament bar and you will be able to put the season dates directly into your calendars – such as Outlook.
Get inspired to learn and play golf by watching the greatest women golfers. Most of us can’t hit the ball that far and that well, but golf is a game that girls and women can play and enjoy at their own skill level. It is a unique sport for girls and women; it is Personal, Measurable and Sociable and can be played individually or in teams. What beats that?
TIMELINE OF THE HISTORY OF WOMEN'S GOLF FROM 1552 TO THE PRESENT
SINCE MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS REPORTEDLY INTRODUCED THE GAME IN 1552 - TO THE RECENT HISTORY-MAKING HOLE-IN-ONE BY HA NA JANG OF SOUTH KOREA ON A 218 YARD PAR-4 HOLE IN THE INNAUGURAL 2016 SEASON OF THE LPGA AT THE PURE SILK BAHAMAS CLASSIC...
CLICK ON "HISTORY TIMELINE" ON THE BAR AT LEFT.
MY FREE HELP LINE. IF YOU HAVE A QUICK QUESTION, JUST USE THE CONTACT FORM ON THE "FREE HELP LINE" TAB. (DO NOT SEND AN EMAIL). IF I CAN ANSWER YOUR QUESTION IN FIFTEEN MINUTES OR LESS, IT'S MY GIFT BACK TO THE GAME OF GOLF AND THE WOMEN WHO PLAY IT.
Epilogue to the 2015 LPGA Season. I was at the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida, November 19-22, 2015. The stakes were high in this season-long competition. And the winners were:
$1 MILLION DOLLARS TO 17-YEAR OLD LYDIA KO (New Zealand) FOR WINNING THE "RACE TO THE CME GLOBE. $500,000 TO 38 YEAR-OLD CRISTIE KERR (U.S.) FOR WINNING THE CME GROUP TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP. INBEE PARK OF SOUTH KOREA WON THE VARE TROPHY FOR LOWEST SCRORING AVERAGE. LYDIA KO ALSO WON THE ROLEX PLAYER OF THE YEAR.
MY ARTICLE ABOUT THE LPGA - CME GROUP - GRAND FINALE TOURNAMENT IS PUBLISHED ON www.womensgolf.com
Out of the field of 72 players in CME Group Tour Championship, 24 players were from the U.S. But that number does not reflect those who reside outside the U.S. but very likely went to a U.S. college or university and maintain homes in the U.S. The next country most represented in the CME Group finale is Korea with 17 players. Women's golf is global. This summer the Rio Olympics will include golf competitions for the first time in a century.
See www.womensgolf.com. The publishers are very experienced with social media -- lots of followers on Twitter and Facebook -- and they have an excellent sense of what women golfers want to read about. The topics are those not found on other websites. And, the formats are easily read on ipads and small mobile devices. Most important for me, is that they welcome my opinions about women's golf news and my "op-ed" articles. After decades of playing golf and writing about it, I have lots of experience and opinions to share. I am in good company with contributing writers Deb Vangelow and Karen Palacios Jensen (both members of the LPGA Teaching Division).
SEE THESE OTHER RECENT ARTICLES on www.womensgolf.com
"ADVICE FOR WOMEN PLAYING BUSINESS GOLF" My article gives key advice on topics women may not have thought about when playing "business-golf." And, I explain why you don't have to be an expert golfer to play with clients and colleagues.
"MATCH PLAY OR STROKE PLAY - WHICH DO YOU LIKE?"
"ALMOST EVERYTHING THING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SOLHEIM CUP"
"MY CONVERSATION WITH LPGA COMMISSIONER MIKE WHAN" IN OUR 90-MINUTE INTERVIEW WE TALKED ABOUT HIS STRATEGY FOR THE LPGA, HIS ROLE AS A LEADER AND WHAT HE SEES IN THE LPGA'S FUTURE. HIS ANSWER TO MY "BLANK-CHECK" QUESTION MAY SURPRISE YOU. See www.womensgolf.com or link: https://www.womensgolf.com/mike-whan-nancy-berkley/
Want to know more about what women golfers made (and are making) history?
SEE "HISTORY TIMELINE" (ON SIDE BAR) FOR NEW ADDITION TO THE HISTORY OF WOMEN'S GOLF -- LYDIA KO, AGE 18 BECOMES THE YOUNGEST WOMAN TO WIN AN LPGA MAJOR ON SEPTEMBER 13, 2015 AT THE EVIAN CHAMPIONSHIP, EVIAN, FRANCE. AND TEAM USA WON THE 2015 SOLHEIM CUP (AFTER LOSING IT TO TEAM EUROPE IN 2013 AND 2011.)
NOTE: YOU MAY HAVE BEEN FORWARDED DIRECTLY TO THIS PAGE FROM www.cybergolf.com/womensgolf or to an article Iwrote about a particular subject for Cybergolf. I have written over 130 articles for and about womens golf that have appeared on the "womens golf" section of Cybergolf.com,a prominent builder of websites for golf facilities.
THE CYBERGOLF ARTICLES ARE STILL AVAILABLE: See and read them on the "CYBERGOLF ARTICLES" tab (on left side of this HOME page). Use a "search" for a particular topic among the entire list of articles -- for example, search "LPGA" or "tournament".
Most Recently see (July 31, 2015): "How Time Flies - A Decade of Reflections on Women's Golf"
MANY VISITORS COME TO THIS SITE LOOKING FOR NUMBERS .. ABOUT WOMEN GOLFERS... WOMEN'S GOLF SCORES... AGES OF WOMEN GOLFERS AND HANDICAP INFORMATION. THAT INFORMATION IS LOCATED IN THE "HOW MANY GOLFERS" TAB.
BUT HERE ARE SOME ANSWERS TO FREQUENT NUMBER QUESTIONS:
What is the average score of women golfers? Let's look first at the USGA Handicap System scores. The average official handicap of women golfers who report on the GHIN system is 26. The median handicap is just about the same. But that number can be misleading because many women do not report their handicap on the GHIN system. Many golf facilities use state golf organizations for registering handicaps. State systems or other "club-systems" still use the official USGA Handicap Index formula but just aren't included in the average. A bigger issue is that not ALL women even maintain "official" handicaps. My guess is that probably one-third of the women golfers in the U.S. do not keep handicaps and that those women probably do not play competitively or all that often and have higher scores. If ALL women golfers in the U.S. posted their scores, my estimate is that 50% of all women golfers would score over 100 on most golf courses.
How many rounds of golf does the "average" woman play. The reported average is usually around 18-20. But the statistics for rounds used in computing the "average" does not include play at Par 3 courses or Executive coures. And "average" is misleading. The most recent figures from the National Golf Foundation report that women between the ages of 18-34 play about 11 rounds per year. In contrast, women 65 and older play an "average' number of 45 rounds per year. It is very difficult to talk "averages." A more meaningful statistic is that about one-half of all women golfers in the U.S. play six or less rounds a year. So in answer to "How many rounds do women golfers play?" My answer is: "NOT ENOUGH!" Only 20% of golfers in the U.S. are female. Compare that to Germany with 39% female golfers or the Netherlands and Sweden where 33% of all golfers are women.
DID YOU ANSWER MY TRUE/FALSE QUESTION ABOUT HITTING A BALL OUT OF BOUNDS? (WAS ON TWITTER AND FACEBOOK): Here is the question and answer
True or False -- the Penalty for hitting ball out of bounds is to replace the ball two club lengths on fairway with one penalty stroke?
The answer is FALSE. Everyone answered “false” but several got the penalty wrong. The penalty for a ball hit OB is both “stroke and distance”. The golfer must go back to the point where she hit the ball that went OB (that was her shot #1) and re-hit a ball (that’s shot #2) and now take a one-stroke penalty (that’s shot #3 – she is “lying 3” and ready to hit her fourth shot). OB is indicated by white stakes or as described on the scorecard, such as a property fence. OB is almost always around the perimeter of a golf course and not usually a problem for recreational women golfers unless they are wild and long hitters.
BONUS INFORMATION: The penalty for a LOST ball that is not hit out of bounds is the same as the penalty for an OB ball -- stroke and distance. The reason many players don't want to play by the "stroke and distance" rule is that it takes time to walk back and re-hit. So they invent the illegal-drop rule: "I'll just drop it here and take a penalty". The smart move is to play a "Provisional" ball if you think your ball may be lost or OB. But make sure when you play a provisional ball that you use a ball with different markings; so, just in case you find your "lost" and "provisional" ball, you can tell which is which. If you find your first ball (the ball you thought was lost), you must play that and NOT the provisional.
EXCEPTION: If a ball is goes into a hazard marked with red or yellow stakes -- such as a pond on the fairway – and even though that ball is “lost” from your point of view, the “Hazard” penalty rules apply instead of the Lost-ball rules, which means only a one-stroke penalty and replacing the ball at one of the several options provided under the USGA Rules of Golf.
CONTINUING INDUSTRY TRENDS TO WATCH FOR IN 2016
1. Gender Discrimination: More equal access for women and men at golf facilities. About Spokane Country Club in Spokane, Washington, where I served as an expert witness for the Club. Here's the background.
Last fall of 2015, the Spokane Country Club in Spokane, Washington -- which had considered itself a private club and was the club that Patty Berg, one of the Founders of the LPGA, held the first U.S. Women's Open -- was sold. The Club has gone through several years of litigation that among other issues challenged holding separate men's and women's tee times and member-guest tournaments that did not permit participation by women who held full memberships. The jury concluded that under Washington State Law the women golfers (who held full membership) were denied "equal enjoyment" of the facility by holding "men-only" tee times and member-only-guest events.
Although the Club's Board of Directors considered the club to be "private" and not subject to "equal enjoyment" laws in the State of Washington that address "public" clubs, the jury disagreed. That the club was in fact a "public" facility was a key jury determinination in the case.
The outcome of the case should alert all clubs that consider themselves "private."
The global golf industry has held separate events for women and men for decades. Many statistics demonstrate that the skill levels of men and women golfers, in general, differ significantly. Soon we wil have the Rio Olympics with separate events for women and men -- including golf. Title IX, a Federal law enacted over twenty-five years ago, requires "comparable" access to women and men at all educational institutions that receive Federal funds -- that's almost ALL high schools, colleges and universities.
The jury verdict in the Spokane Country Club case does not establish "law" -- in other words, public tennis clubs in Spokane that hold separate men's and women's tournaments, can continue their schedules so long as no member takes them to court for gender discrimination. This is a very important case for "private" golf clubs in states with laws similar to the State of Washington (such as California). If you read the fine print in organizations like the EWGA and Women on Course, you will notice that there is a sentence that states that the organization does not discriminate on the basis of gender -- as well as race and sexual orientation.
2. More golf facilities will have more women on their governing boards and important committees. Fewer clubs will have men-only prime-time tee times. More golf professionals will realize that women golfers can be their best customers.
3. More attention to "family-centered" events. Look for family golf carts, child-friendly short golf holes and more teaching professionals that are trained in how to teach children the game of golf. Watch for a new golf program for children age 2-4 that will be introduced at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando in January 2016 -- Little Golf T.R.A.I.N (tm)
4. More LPGA Tour golfers emerging as positive role models for the next generation of female golfers. Thank you Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson to just name a few!
5. Golf becoming easier to play and more enjoyable for more golfers. Lood for shorter tee options, less rough in key areas and more forgiving hazards for the beginner-to-average golfer. Talented golf directors and golf course superintendents will be in greater demand than ever.