Gender Differences in Golf Swing Technique from the Perspective of LPGA Professionals

By Vanessa MacKinnon.

Published by The Sport Collection

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The purpose of this study was to explore female golf professionals’ views on gender differences in golf technique by surveying members of the Ladies’ Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professional Division. The findings indicate that LPGA professionals acknowledge gender differences in golf technique, particularly for novice golfers. Certain themes also emerged as to the nature of these differences. The study supports the existing literature which suggests that one size fits all is not an appropriate method of golf instruction. The study provided valuable information to the golf industry by showing that it is important to consider the needs of women during golf instruction. In addition, the study has implications for physical education, showing that while women and men can both be successful in sports, the coaching techniques that help lead them to this success may not always be the same.

Keywords: Women, Golf, Instruction, Technique, Gender Difference

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 249.030KB).

Dr. Vanessa MacKinnon

Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies, Professional Golf Management Program, California University of Pennsylvania, California, Pennsylvania, USA

Dr. MacKinnon is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Sport Studies at California University of Pennsylvania, teaching primarily within the Professional Golf Management Program. Prior to entering academia, Dr. MacKinnon spent over a decade as a golf professional, teaching golf around the world and competing in several professional competitions. She holds membership in the LPGA and the PGA of America. A graduate of the prestigious Yale University, she was a member of the Yale women’s varsity golf team. She also holds a Master’s degree from McGill University in Montreal Canada, where she was a member of the varsity squash team, as well as a Master’s degree from California University of Pennsylvania. She completed her Doctorate of Education in Sport Management and Leadership through Northcentral University in 2011, focusing her research on gender issues in sport, with a particular emphasis on golf.