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Yesterday I had a chance to attend the first round of the Wegmans LPGA Champoinship in Rochester NY.
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed it.
I wanted to make some observations that I think would help us all.
One of the things I found interesting is that you have such a variety of player. It is cool to see how the shorter hitters get around the course and score the same as the longer ones.
Shorter hitters are not all that short. They average 240 to 260 most drives. That is about what I average. They all are great wedge players and putters. When they get in trouble off the tee they play position. Get it back in lay and rely on their wedge and putter. I don't see the crazy risks that the Men take. They don't force anything. They have the same tempo on every shot. They pay a great deal of attention to pre shot rountine and aligment.
The men play a game I cannot relate to at all. just the ungodly distances they hit the ball is something I cannot relate to.
The problem I see with the longer hitters is that they cannot work the ball. The shorter hitters do not hit the ball thru fairways. The longer ones do. They need to work the ball to keep it in the fairway.
Stacy Lewis was a prime example. She only hits a draw. One particular hole she stripped it off the tee but it trickled thru the fairway because it had draw spin on it. The hole required a slght fade off the tee. She was complaining to her caddie that she could not hit it any better and she still gets punshied. It was just the wrong shot shape for the hole. The ruff is so long that it is a sure bogey from the ruff.
Seng faded it and made birdie.
I see though they suffer the same things as we all do. They fall into the same trap as us also. Lewis played great. Struck the ball solid all day but could not make a putt. What is she doing after her round? Hitting draws on the range. Why? She should have been putting.
How many of us do the same thing. Run out to the range and start smashing the driver.
it was an interesting experience. I recomend seeing a women's event. I learned more in one day than I ever do with the men. I cannot relate to their game. It is way beyond my ability.
On a side note, Chyenne Woods is for real. She is very good and very long. She is going to be a factor in the future.