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A few thoughts on what it takes to make it on the LPGA Tour

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Many young juniors aspire to play professionally. With all the coverage that the PGA and even Web.com Tours get, junior boys have a pretty good idea of what it takes to not only play on the PGA Tour but also thrive.

With less coverage of the LPGA Tour, junior girls have to dig a little deeper to figure out what it takes to make it to the LPGA and thrive on that tour. Using the stat categories on the LPGA Tour, and looking at the person at spot 100 for each of these categories, will give junior girls good insight to making it on tour.

Let’s start with how much money is earned by the 100th ranked player (Brianna Do, pictured in the featured image) for the 2018 season. You may think earning $113,220 is a pretty good living. For most jobs this is great, but being on the LPGA Tour you’ll have to consider all the expenses. Securing sponsors is a must to be able to actually thrive on the tour.

Next up, let’s learn what you have to shoot to earn that $113K. For the 2018 season, a 72.61 scoring average got you ranked 100th. This shows how “good these girls are.” Averaging just a hair over par for the season is very impressive when considering all the stress the players are under. Throughout the season not only do you need to keep it around par to just be ranked 100th, you also need to shoot under par in one third of your rounds.

So, just like setting goals you have to break down those goals to manageable action steps. The goal of averaging 72 and posting red number one out of three rounds can be broken down to the skills that get you there. The game, even on the women’s side is leaning towards the power game. And this is highlighted by the fact that by hitting it off the tee 250 yards on average lands you at number 100 for driving distance. Keep building up your speed and your smash factor.

While power is a plus, Mark Brodie’s research will lead you down the path of the importance of hitting the green in regulation. Also Scott Fawcett of DECADE can further enhance the importance of not only hitting the green, but when to be aggressive for flags. The LPGA player finding herself ranked 100th for GIR hits 65 percent, and if you’re curious the best player hit 78 percent GIR during 2018 season.

There are definitely more skills to focus on to be able to make your way to the tour and thrive on the tour. Hopefully this highlights a few areas to cast light on reality of how close older juniors or college players are as they pursue their dreams. Take it from someone who gave it a shot, put the work in and enjoy the journey.

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Erin is the Director of Student Athlete Development and Women's Golf Coach at Wingate University. Erin holds a Masters of Arts in Sports Management from Wingate University and is Class A member of the PGA of Canada, a member of the Women’s Golf Coaches Association, and two time SAC Coach of the Year. She aims to help guide student athletes through their time at Wingate, making connections of what they learn in their sport and how they can apply it their careers after graduation.

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  1. dj

    Feb 12, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    “LPGA like the WNBA just doesn’t attract viewers at a high rate….just the way it is.”

    That being said, this article does expound upon the idea that LPGA players are very good and it takes dedication and hard work to make a living playing golf.

    • Tom

      Feb 12, 2019 at 6:32 pm

      Yeah, takes a lot of dedication to practice….perhaps that’s why Asians seem to dominate now.

  2. Tom

    Feb 12, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    LPGA like the WNBA just doesn’t attract viewers at a high rate….just the way it is.

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Ampcaddy golf speaker V3 Pro review

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Music on the golf course is becoming more and more common, especially with bluetooth speakers designed for the purpose. Ampcaddy has been around for a few years and is famous for its adjustable clamp that mounts easily to the roof support on a golf cart. That clamp can also be used to attach the V3 Pro to just about any pole that you have at home, at the beach, or on the golf course. The clamp also lets you attach the speaker to aluminum or plastic securely, something the magnet options in this space don’t allow. The Ampcaddy V3 Pro clamp and arm are adjustable, so you can direct the sound in any direction that you desire. I like to keep my music focused more on the cart and aim the speaker at myself so I minimize the distraction on the green or tee box.

The sound quality of the Ampcaddy Golf Speaker V3 Pro is very good. There looks to be a small subwoofer on the back for great bass and the small front speaker does a good job with any genre of music. I am no audiophile, but my course playlist of everything from country, to hip hop, to rock sounded clear and full. The volume control could be a little more sensitive as I found that increasing or decreasing the volume could change the decibel level more than I wanted.

Sometimes, early in the morning, I felt the music was either a little too loud for my playing partners or a little too soft for me to hear comfortably. The battery life is listed as 20 hours, and while I didn’t go that far, it worked fine for two 18 holes rounds. The Ampcaddy Golf Speaker V3 Pro is wireless, using a Bluetooth connection from your phone, but also has a Micro SD slot and an Aux port for connecting if Bluetooth isn’t available. Ampcaddy lists the Golf Speaker V3 Pro as IPX7 water resistant for rain or splashing, so you should have no issues if you get caught in a downpour away from the clubhouse.


Overall, the Ampcaddy Golf Speaker V3 Pro seems to be a well built speaker with a ton of flexibility for mounting it on the golf course. With good sound and long battery life, the Golf Speaker V3 Pro can add some further enjoyment while on the golf course.

Take a listen to the Club Junkie Podcast for even more on the Ampcaddy Golf Speaker V3 Pro.

 

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Golf’s Perfect Imperfections: How to use your backyard haven to train your golf game

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This will help improve your skills — without upsetting your better half.

 

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Review of the new Fujikura Ventus TR Red and Black shafts!

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Fujikura’s Ventus shafts have been one of the hottest shaft lineups in years. You can see them all over the professional tours and in tons of amatuer bags every weekend. The new line of TR models does not replace the original Ventus Red, Blue, and Black as those are still available and won’t be leaving anytime soon. These new TR models are meant to be an addition to the line and filling a few gaps that players have asked for.

The Ventus Red was a shaft that I played in drivers and fairway woods over the years and I really loved it. I hit a pretty low, flat ball so the added launch of the Ventus Red was needed and it offered accuracy that I hadn’t been able to find in many higher launching shafts. The new TR Red takes a lot of that DNA and turns it up a notch. TR Red has a smooth, yet little more stout feel through the swing. It takes just a little more effort to load it and the kick at impact is great, just maybe not as aggressive as the Ventus Red is. The TR Red launch is a little bit lower and overall apex seems to be just a bit flatter as well. For players with more aggressive tempos the TR Red might offer a tad less draw compared to its sibling. I took the TR Red out in my Stealth+ head to a course I had played frequently and never had yardages into holes that I had that day. On at least 3-4 holes I told my playing partner that I had never been that close. The TR Red is currently in the bag!

TR Black looks amazing with the Spread Tow fabric showing in the sunlight. When you set the club down and waggle it, like all of us do with a new stick, there is almost no waggle to the shaft! The Ventus TR Black is very stout, noticeably more stout than the original Ventus Black. As stiff as the shaft is, Fujikura has built in a ton of smoothness to it. It takes a lot of power to load so be ready to try the softer flex or lighter weight. The launch is very low, one of the lowest I have hit, and the ballflight very flat. I could see that the TR Black launched significantly lower than TR Red when hitting it in the same head on the course. TR Black is hard to turn over and players who fear the draw should like the stout feel as you bring the shaft to impact. For my 105 mph club head speed I think stepping down to the 6-S would give me more playable results compared to the extra stiff.

Overall the new TR Red and TR Black are great shafts that Fujikura has engineered. Even if you are currently playing a Ventus, I think it is worth your while to check out the new shafts and see how they compare to your gamer. For more on each shaft check out my Club Junkie podcast.

 

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