Why LPGA players should not Twitter (or tweet) during tournament play?

mulligan, 02 June 2009, Comments Off on Why LPGA players should not Twitter (or tweet) during tournament play?
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About a week ago, LPGA Commissioner Carol Bivens expressed her public support for LPGA players using Twitter. If you haven’t been on Twitter, there’s a huge and growing number of LPGA players there, including Natalie Gulbis, Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, Christina Kim, Julieta Granada, Morgan Pressel, Sophie Gustafoson, Yani Tseng, Suzann Petterson, Paige McKenzie, Karen Stupples, Jeehae Lee, Meaghan Francella, Anna Rawson, Jane Park, and Nicole Hage. Annika Sorenstam’s also on Twitter.

I can’t find the exact quote from Bivens, but I think (if memory serves me right) she suggested that she welcomed even tweeting from the course! (click here for the Bivens quote) We asked Christina Kim — who is the one responsible for getting a lot of her LPGA colleagues on Twitter — whether she would. She said that they’re still checking into whether it would be permissible to do so during a tournament.

Tweeting is great free promotion for the LPGA. The players seem real and more accessible when they tell you what they are actually doing and who they are with. But Tweeting during a tournament while on the course sounds like a bad idea to me (assuming it is permitted, which is still in doubt). Golf is such a precision sport, and “staying in the element” focusing on the next shot is hard enough to do without the distraction of Twitter. What do you think, dear Readers?

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