Woman Undercover

How are women really treated in golf? To find out, Golf Digest sent LPGA Tour professional Kim Hall undercover to Chicago for five rounds on public courses. Hall portrayed five different golfers, ranging from a "tomboy" to a "damsel in distress."

Released on 1/30/2012

Credits

Starring: Kim Hall

Transcript

00:02
When Golf Digest told me
00:03
I'd be portraying these different characters,
00:05
I did imagine they would be treated differently.
00:07
I thought it sounded really interesting.
00:10
A really fun social experiment
00:12
just to see where we're at in terms
00:14
of women in golf these days.
00:16
Kim could not have been
00:18
a better accomplice on this experiment.
00:22
She became those characters.
00:25
She was the damsel in distress.
00:27
She was plain Jane.
00:29
She was the kind of schlempy,
00:31
not particularly attractive woman.
00:34
I think the character
00:36
that I played that was
00:37
treated the worst was actually
00:38
the tomboy character.
00:39
And not for any other reason
00:41
other than the guy who was in my group
00:44
had checked in right in front of me.
00:46
And he knew I was in the group
00:47
and he raced off anyways.
00:49
There was one course when we first started
00:50
when Kim was not dressed very well
00:53
and was clearly a beginner.
00:55
And one guy made a comment
00:57
maybe you can try to give her
00:59
some advice when you're out there.
01:01
A lot of women don't care for that he said.
01:02
But maybe you could help her out.
01:05
There were definitely a couple of groups
01:06
that you could tell,
01:08
there's just a time when men don't
01:09
really know what to say to a woman.
01:11
They don't really know,
01:12
well I can't talk to her about sports
01:13
and I'm a financial analyst
01:15
so I feel like I can't relate
01:16
to her on that level.
01:17
But sometimes I think they're just afraid
01:19
because it's like a male environment.
01:22
And all of the sudden there's
01:23
a female put in there
01:24
that's very female to them.
01:26
So they really don't know how to interact.
01:28
The big surprise for me,
01:30
the big take away I guess was
01:31
how really unthinking some golfers can be
01:35
when approached by a woman.
01:38
If golf is gonna grow,
01:39
it has to be more welcoming than that.
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