Golf, the only apparent thing we had in common, compelled us to transition from exchanging messages on a mobile-only dating app to clinking beers in real life."It's been shown over and over that people who have shared interests and do lots of activities together have higher satisfaction rates," says Dr. Tinder, a mobile-only app that has generated more than one billion matches, helps singles sort other singles by location."I was trying to hit on him, and he wasn't having it," Samantha says."Turns out, he had just come out of a long relationship and wasn't ready to date.He just really likes that he can talk to me about it."This sentiment is common among golfers who date other golfers.One woman in her late 20s, whom we'll call Elizabeth, got stood up on New Year's Eve in 2010.She received a message from a guy whose user name was a famous golf resort. Sitting across a table from a stranger in the corner of a dimly lit bar while forcing conversation over alcoholic beverages is hardly an ideal way to meet anyone.
After a few messages back and forth (he was funny and sarcastic and wrote in full, grammatically correct sentences), we agreed to grab a drink."Looking for golfers is a nice way to meet a successful man," Elizabeth says. He and I are both pursuing our goals together, and it's awesome."Though the majority of low-handicap women who play golf almost always exclusively seek male golfers, the reverse isn't true. In fact, 80 percent of golfers in the United States are male, according to the National Golf Foundation.