It just comes down to the quality of the golf, the old dudes are still better and hit it farther than the ladies. Plus, the top players on the LPGA Tour are boring to watch. There are only 5 Americans in the Top 25 in the world. Heck there are twice as many Americans in the Top 25 in the order of Merit on the PGA Tour Series Asia.
When is alignment important to what happens to the shot? Its all beforehand. Anything you learn from an alignment stick post shot can only be used on shots afterwards. The value is in lining up the shot, the same as the mark on the ball. An alignment stick moves at the important part, setup.