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Overcome the Fears that may be Keeping You Off the Golf Course

PGA of America
Check out these 5 fears that are keeping women off the course and 5 ways to overcome them.
By
Jenn Harris, CEO High Heel Golfer, Inc.

Series: New Golfer

Published: Friday, March 14, 2014 | 1:00 a.m.

As a lover of the game in my late 20’s, it is my mission in life to get more women playing golf. But, some women just seem to be wracked by fear. 

Here are the top 5 reasons and ways to overcome them. 

Fear #1 - Women are not welcome. This is entirely false, you actually get to be the center of attention at the course! So don’t mistake the stares as gestures of rejection, instead own up to the fact that you are “hot” and playing golf makes you even hotter! 

Fear #2 - You don’t know what to wear. This fear has plagued me for almost 23 years, yet no matter what I wear, as long as it is within the dress code, I get complimented on my attire! Dress Code Rules are actually pretty simple. Wear tops with a collar and no spaghetti straps, shorts and skirts no shorter than your fingertips when standing up straight, and NEVER wear jeans and you will be set! And if in doubt, always call the club to see if your outfit is suitable for your round. 

Fear #3 - You’re not good enough. Wrong. The average male golfer shoots 97 and females shoot 114 and only 5% of all golfers ever break 100. As long as you practice good etiquette and play fast you will be great! Quick tip: To prevent slow play, pick up your ball once you hit a double par. 6 on a par 3, 8 on a par 4 and a 10 on a par 5.  

Fear #4 - Women don’t have the time. Yes, we do; we just need to make it a priority if we want to make our careers a priority. Granted, I may not have any children, but I too have to make choices about what is best for my career. If we can manage three hours for a networking event, we can find the time for a round of golf. And odds are that we will even make better connections out on the course!

Fear #5 - You will get tired.  I have been playing golf for 27 years and I still am exhausted by the 12th hole every time I play. So, if 18 holes seems daunting, just play 9. There is nothing wrong with an after work 9 holes. It's actually my preferred round, and most courses have a twighlight rate that is deeply discounted! 

Have I kicked your fears to the curb? If so, I’ll see you on the course. If not, let me know what fears are keeping you off the course.