Why ShotLink could mean big things for the LPGA Tour
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Why ShotLink could mean big things for the LPGA Tour



I talk more about the LPGA Tour than most people in golf. I'm a fan of the product, and I have enjoyed seeing the schedule grow in depth and worth in the last decade.

When I talk about the LPGA, particularly on Twitter, I typically encounter two types of responses.

The first is dismissive. Who cares about women's golf? or Why should I care? These people have a bias against the LPGA that's seemingly rooted in the belief that women's golf is inferior entertainment to the PGA Tour.

The second is dismissive, just in a different way. These people are fans of the LPGA, when they can watch it, because they find the women's professional game relatable to how they play on weekends. The "Celebrities: They're Just Like Us" line. The underlying belief is that because, generally speaking, female pros hit the ball shorter than male pros, that the game played on the LPGA is more comparable to that of the recreational player.

Both perspectives present problems that can be solved with the same solution: data. Cold, hard data.

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Ryan Ballengee

Ryan Ballengee is founder and editor of Golf News Net. He has been writing and broadcasting about golf for over a decade, working for NBC Sports, Golf Channel, Yahoo Sports and SB Nation. Ballengee lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his family. He used to be a good golfer.

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