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Lydia Ko to be bigger than any golfer in terms of marketability. Woods' marketing charm is going to possibly never recover to where it was. Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy Might be around for a while. But Lydia Ko is showing real talent.
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You're right though in terms of marketability. The women's game is never going to be taken as seriously as it deserves. To that end I hope that Lydia Ko doesn't go down a path where she ends up getting her kit off or anything.
Agree with Schearzie here, she's a major talent, great personality, brilliant game, signed with IMG, and just signed a big contract with Calloway and also with ANZ, for what that's worth.
Throws like a girl though
The main problem with women's golf attracting the money and attention men's does is the quality on display (of golf I mean). They're just not as good, and don't have the 'wow' factor the men's game has when it comes to skills. I have been to a few women's tournaments and while they're fun to attend and there are a few very good players there, overall there's just not the talent there is in the men's game. The upside of it is when you watch the women's game you find yourself thinking "I can hit it that far" and it makes you realise you don't have to be hitting it 300 yards to score well (although you do if you're off the back markers, instead of a bit further up).
Of course, there are standouts like Sorenstam, Webb etc, who have very good swings and dominate for a long time, but the average player on the WLPGA is just that, very average.
that's women's sport for you.
That's what I find the biggest shame. Because it still doesn't change what you've said. She can't hit it 300y average. The clubs most of the top women are hitting in on an average par 4 in the US is a wedge. 90% of the time. It's not exciting in the sense for most viewers. I wish I had an easy answer, but it is as Riggins has said, for now at least.
Nah, she really doesn't hit it very far, she's very accurate, and can use the fairway woods very well, but she's not one of the big hitters in the woman's game, some can smack it. Yet she's still only 16 I'm sure she'll add length.
LexiThompson, probably hits it furthest most consistently. That's about 270 odd. She's only 18 too. Possibly more marketable than Ko.
Should be said though, the LPGA has taken over from the WTA in burn-out. Plenty of early retirements and people not achieving what it looked like they would.
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