By KAREN MORAGHAN
Editor’s Note: the following reports on an important and overlooked problem whose solution could just help the game and the business of golf.
According to the “fairness test” devised by Arthur D. Little and Jann E. Leeming, women golfers are being asked to play courses that are generally more than 1,000 yards too long for them to reach greens in regulation. In a recent posting on their blog, Golf With Women, Little asks the following questions:
How fair is a 5,600-yard course for the average woman?
What would you think if we told you that a 5,600-yard course would be equivalent to an 8,400-yard course for the average man?
How about an 11,200-yard course for Matt Kuchar?
If the average woman should play from 5,600 yards, the average LPGA player should be playing a 9,600-yard course and a good male amateur should play a 10,400-yard course, Little contends.
“That’s how the math works if ‘fair’ is defined as having to hit the same clubs to reach greens in regulation from their respective tees,” Little writes. “This concept is what we define as the ‘fairness test.’ Sorry, Dustin Johnson, you are at 12,320 yards based on your average drive of 308 yards.” MORE…WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?