Your future happiness depends on women who play disc golf. As a woman disc golfer, I want as many women playing disc golf as I can find. Camaraderie, Competition, Conversation….there are lots of reasons, many of the same reasons that you like to play with your buddies.
But, why should you care if there are women out there?
I know some of you say that you play disc golf to get AWAY from your wife and family for a few hours. But, after experiencing the Women’s Global Event this past weekend, a few conversations sparked some new insight into why it is in your best interest to get more women playing.
- Scenery: Some courses have really beautiful terrain, but certainly not all of them. A little femininity on the course would definitely count towards park beautification.
- More Rounds, Less Arguments: If your lady plays too, she is not going to give you as much flak for spending a little extra time at the course. You might even beat her home after a round once in awhile.
- Greater Disc-Buying Potential: Wouldn’t it be nice to have the freedom to purchase as many discs as you want without your lady giving you that “What were you thinking?” look for spending so much cash on a bunch of plastic? If she plays too, you are more likely to get to spend your “allowance” on plastic and not get the cold shoulder.
- Disc Golf Vacations: Ever wanted to travel around the country and play different courses? Your lady is much more likely to want to go on a disc golf destination vacation if she actually plays.
- More Fish in the Disc Golf Pond: Those of you who don’t have a lady, or might want one some day, probably don’t go to the disc golf course to look for a potential date. With more women on the course, your odds will most certainly go up!
As you can see, your future happiness depends on us!
P.S. Here are 5 tips to help you:
- Inclusion with Purpose: Stop encouraging your lady to “walk with you”. Boring. Let her throw, buy her some discs and lessons, and get her hucking! Some women say they like to walk along while their man plays. I think that is code for, “It looks like fun, but I can’t throw, so I guess I’ll tag along.” Get that woman in a group of other women who are fun and I bet her tone will change!
- Don’t Over-coach: Just because you notice a flaw in a women’s technique doesn’t mean it is your responsibility to “help” her. Most women respond better when someone other than their man coaches them. Even more, if a woman can find another woman to coach them, it will be even better. Some men like to coach everyone, but most men like to coach all women. It is really annoying to throw a bad shot and have some random dude who has probably never even seen me throw before try to tell me what I did wrong.
- The Same But Different: You don’t have to play in the same group. Men may not want to bring out their wives so they can have some “man-time”, but don’t flatter yourselves, boys. We would much rather play with other women who we can be competitive with. After all, talking about construction jobs and the swimsuit edition are not appealing conversation to me.
- Group Childcare: Many women have the additional responsibilities of child care. With more women on the course, there is greater potential for planning childcare that allows all the women to play together. It also gives women the chance to make their man stay home because she has some discing to do, too!
- Start a Women’s League: You don’t have to be a woman to start a league for women. Choose a park with a bathroom that is fun for all skill levels. Get your local league involved to donate discs for winners and post your league on facebook and your club website. Tell women you know to bring their friends and make it a girls’ night out. Hopefully, after the league is established, one of the ladies will take it over for you.