Golf on course for grunting?

Playing on the LPGA Tour is not exactly grunt work.

But it could be.

"Yeah, I'd grunt," said women's tour veteran Leta Lindley. "Absolutely, I would."

Even young star Morgan Pressel has an open mind.

"Probably not," she said. But then after a pause: "Well, I don't know. ... Maybe I should try it first."

Despite these heavy-duty contemplations that sound very much like responses to "What would you do for a Klondike bar?" the subject is nowhere near that serious.

Across the Atlantic at tennis' Wimbledon Championships, women are again causing the All England Club to get its all-whites in a wad over guttural sounds that seem to accompany their every stroke.

Some players apparently have hit triple digits on the decibel meter. Considering the noise of a blender registers 98 decibels, officials are insisting the grunts are so unladylike and annoying that they are turning off fans and must be stopped.

The women of tennis, however, insist grunting adds power to their shots, in turn raising the standard of their play.

Are you going to argue with the Williams sisters?

So, if a good old-fashioned "unghhhhh!" can provide a few extra miles per hour, could it also add five yards to a tee shot?

"I don't think I've ever thought about it," Paula Creamer said. Neither had Pat Hurst, a top-10 finisher in last week's LPGA Championship, but at least she was willing to play along.

"Well, they're different," Hurst said of her tennis counterparts. "They are running around, we're not. We're hitting a thing that's sitting there. They are running, putting everything into it. They need the power. Our sport is more rhythm and timing."

All the same, what if it worked?

"Oh, we'd all start doing it," former UCLA star Tiffany Joh said. "Absolutely. For five extra yards, I'd dye my hair pink."

Joh recalls playing junior golf against competitors who grunted on impact. "But I don't know if it helped them," she said.

And Pressel remembers a male pro-am partner from the past who had a caveman vocabulary working. "He claimed he hit it further when he grunted, but I'm not totally sure that was accurate," she said.

The thing is, nobody knows for sure. Tennis players never used to grunt. High jumpers once scissor-kicked over the bar. Once upon a time, NFL kickers stepped straight into the ball.

"Well, maybe if it was wide-open and you could try to just hit it as hard as you can," world No. 1 and four-time major champ Yani Tseng said. "Then maybe."

Call us crazy, but every journey starts with a first step. And despite initial skepticism, the idea seems intriguing enough to put gears into motion.

"I may try it on the range," Lindley said. "But I better not shoot 90 the next day."

"Maybe I should test it," Pressel said with a laugh.

If it works -- even if someone only thinks it works -- imagine the impact.

"There would be an immediate trend, until they realized it didn't work," Pressel said. "Or maybe it would. I really don't know."

Joh agreed, even suggesting it's closer than you think.

"Oh, everyone would start doing it," she said. "Actually, now, occasionally when somebody really leans on one, you hear a little tiny one, but nothing too obvious. No werewolf-creature stuff."

Tennis' girls of grunt, however, are bellowing at the tops of their lungs, and All England Club heads are about to explode.

Which fuels one question: Doesn't anyone care if men make noise?

"I think women athletes are much more under the microscope than male athletes are," Hurst said. "I bet Bubba Watson grunts when he hits it -- because he hits it like three miles."

So what would you dooo-ooo-ooo for five more yards?

Unghhhhh, that is a tough question.

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