A Woman's Touch

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By Kathy Orton
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, May 5, 2006

Two golf publications, Golf for Women and Golf Digest, recently polled more than 4,500 male and female readers to learn about their attitudes toward golf and the opposite sex.

The results, published in the March/April issue of Golf for Women and available online at http://www.golfforwomen.com/, are hardly earthshaking.

Men say women always have to go to the bathroom and don't pay attention. Women think men spend too much time looking for lost balls and use every tree as a urinal.

When asked whom they want to help improve their game, men and women said they prefer someone of their same sex. About two-thirds of women favor a female teacher; 88 percent of men want a guy pro.

This is unfortunate, especially considering the number of top-notch women golf teachers in the Washington area. To show guys what they're missing -- and women what they seem to prefer -- we asked a few to share some tips.

· Liza Abood (Olney Golf Park) was selected by Golf for Women as a top teacher in the Northeast. A former University of Maryland basketball player, Abood taught and coached at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School before becoming a PGA and LPGA teaching professional.

For golfers trying to break into the 90s, Abood advises working on the pitch shot from 100 yards and in.

"If you can get that 50-, 60-yard shot in the air, over the bunkers and onto the green and two-putt," your scores will dip, she said.

The key to making that shot is opening your stance -- turning your feet slightly to the left of your target -- so you can swing your arms straight to the target, Abood said. "If you open up your stance, you can slide the club through easier and it will pop up a little higher."

· Joy Bonhurst Smith (Chevy Chase Club) was LPGA club pro teacher of the year in the Northeast in 2004.

Bonhurst Smith recommends a balance drill. Start by raising your right foot and standing only on your left.

"First, see if you can actually stand on one foot, because a lot of people can't," she said.

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