Women playing golf has become extremely popular over the last few years. A sport which has mainly been dominated by men is now being dominated by women. Golf is one of the few sports that show real potential for women and men to compete on the same level. There are currently as many female professional golfers as there are men.
It’s because of the female professional golfers that the standard of women’s golf has been raised and is now truly appreciated. The likes of Annika Sorenstam, Michelle Wie and Grace Park have given women the incentive to play and have shown them how equal women and men are in this sport.
The popularity has also expanded due to the exposure of the sport on television. Before sky and cable television, many of the golf tournaments where never shown. But now due to the high volume of sport channels we can receive, golf is finally more recognised, especially for women. The sport itself is quite relaxing, and a quiet game. The views and scenery on some of the golf courses are appealing on their own. This is another contribution as to why golf appeals to more and more women.
Another contributing factor to the rise in popularity, is women’s golf associations; such as LPGA. They have given the women drive to pursue their sporting careers on the golf course, and have given them the much needed respect they deserve.
A huge breakthrough for women’s equality in golf was when it was announced that Annika Sorenstam could compete in the PGA tournament competing against the men. Although some men complained about this, and one male golfer even dropped out of the tournament; there was still an extremely high volume of appreciation towards her, and many of the male golfers had no problem competing against her in the tournament. This shows how women’s equality in golf has evolved, and how it still will as the years go on. Maybe soon, the world’s best golfer couldbe a woman?