Why should it be golf is so resistant to change. Silly really, we should be encouraging people to play in comps etc.
Some people need 54 + shots, think of the older ladies(my mum would be an example, never shot under 140 in 6 odd months of playing, but plays in comps), and tbh quite a few at our club are not 36 handicappers. Also took Joanne about 2 years to get there, which meant when she started to enter comps she was just giving money to other people with no chance of winning, not much of a comp for her at that point..
If you look at the handicap curve, the majority of women golfers fall into 36+ category, whereas peak men is around 12.
There is no need for men to get more than 28, simple brute strength means we can all get it round in a lower number than women much more easily