The Fairness Test
ARTHUR D. LITTLE By
According to the “fairness test” my partner, Jann E. Leeming, and I created, women golfers are
being asked to play courses that are generally more
than 1,000 yards too long for them to reach greens in
In a recent posting on our blog, Golf With Women,
we asked the following questions:
Our contention is that if the average woman
course. That’s how the math works if ‘fair’ is defined
as having to hit the same clubs to reach greens in
regulation from their respective tees.
This concept is what we define as the ‘fairness
The numbers are pretty simple: the “average
based on the data we collected in our research, the
length of the course that an average woman should
play in order to have the opportunity to reach
a very good rule of thumb for everyone.
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that fit players with a wide range of driver swing
at Bandon Dunes is one such shining example.
But we do offer this advice for players when
choosing their yardage:
than this, it will be a lot less enjoyable.
average drive (most people significantly
yardage. If you are among the great majority
shorter than the most forward set of tees at the
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The complete “What’s Fair?” posting, and accompanying graph, as well as other postings, can be found by
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