"Mansplaining” encounter sparks social media storm

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Georgia Ball TikTok

Georgia Ball, a PGA professional and instructor, found herself at the centre of a social media storm after a TikTok video capturing an encounter with a male golfer went viral. 

The incident has shone a light on the prevalence of unsolicited advice aimed at female golfers.

In the now-famous 90-second clip filmed at a driving range near Liverpool, Georgia is seen practicing her swing when a male voice off-camera interrupts her. Despite politely explaining that she's in the midst of a swing change, the man persists, offering tips and emphasizing his own experience.

Throughout the exchange, Georgia maintains her composure, eventually hitting a successful shot to the surprise of her observer – who goes on to claim credit for the shot.

The incident, labelled as "mansplaining" by viewers, has sparked a wide range of reactions. Many have applauded Georgia's professionalism and grace under pressure, while others have suggested she assert her credentials as a professional player. 

Reflecting on the overwhelming response to the video, Georgia expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support she received. Despite the attention, she emphasized that mansplaining isn't a common occurrence in her interactions within the golfing community. 

"I have a lot of interaction with males and females every single day," she told BBC Newsbeat.

 "And I'd say it's mostly always positive.

"I'm just glad I can look back at it now and laugh about it because the majority of people and golfers are all just out to help each other," she added.

“Not that surprising”

Founder of women’s coaching program love.golf, Alastair Spink, agrees that golfers are out to help each other but that Georgia’s experience is “not that surprising”.

“Clearly he meant well but nobody, male or female, appreciates having the person in the bay next to them scrutinising their efforts.”

Spink, who has introduced thousands of women to the game in his teaching career, started out with love.golf by asking participants to keep journals about their experience.

“There were countless examples of unsolicited advice from men. It was coming from all angles really. They were being given advice particularly from family members but then equally when they were going to play golf or use the golf range.

“There’s no doubt women are more at ease in an environment where they are free to explore the game on their own terms with other like-minded women,” he added.

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