Following The Main Stream Golf Philosophy

As the game of golf evolves, the “next step” has a tendency to force an adjustment in thinking. Over my 40+ years of playing, I have watched the golfing world adopt precision, control, grip it and rip it, and now brute strength as the main stream philosophy. Most of the this change is driven by innovation of equipment and technique. But, I wonder if the present day philosophy is more about selling golf versus improving the actual game. This is a tough nut to crack, but I have my views for sure.

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Golfing For The Fun Of The Game

Mentally, golf can either bring you joy or despair. How we approach our round will determine if we are feel before, during and after the round. Personally, I always try to have fun win a mix of self-driven competitiveness. It is a balance I developed over the years and fortunately the group I play in helps me keep that balance. I believe that if we are not having fun, then what is the point of play.

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Making Learning Golf Fun for Kids

Over the many years that I have been involved in coaching, there is one common denominator for every sport. If we do not make the game fun, kids will find something else to do with their time. As an athlete, I was the same way and actually still am; if it is not fun, why play? Golf is especially challenging because of the time commitment, cost, and the number of movements involved in one swing. Additionally, success is not always guaranteed, so all the more reason to make golf fun.

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Forget Everything You Know About Golf – It Is Time To Start From Scratch!

Do you ever wish you had a reset button that allows you to begin anew with your golf game. You know, the factory reset switch that is hard to find, but makes life so much easier because all your bad habits are a thing of the past. I have made so many mistakes over the years trying to speed up my learning curve; and yet I think I spent more time unlearning these foolish errors. That is when I wish I could start over from scratch.

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Learning to Play a Guitar

Guitar and GolfAbout a year ago, I decided I wanted to learn how to play a guitar.  I thought it would be fun and challenging at the same time.  As it turned out, I was correct.  However, the learning process is slow and I still only plunk a few cords, but I am enjoying learning anyway. While looking at my guitar, I realized that learning to play a guitar is much like learning to golf.

First is equipment.  Like any beginner starting something, I decided that I did not want to invest too much money because I was unsure if I would really like playing a guitar.  My first step was to research which guitar would be good for a beginner.  I found one and went ahead with the purchase.  The same logic applies to picking your first set of clubs.  I would recommend that hit a store like Golf Town where you can try various types and makes before making your selection.  Clubs range from a couple hundred to a few thousand dollars.  Only you can decide your price range – so choose wisely.

Next, practice!  Practice, practice, practice.  You can buy books/cds, search websites, and/or watch the Golf Channel.  While starting with the guitar, I downloaded a couple of simple lessons and started to plunk away.  When starting golf, I recommend starting with the basics.  Grips, stance, and general idea of how the swing works.  Additionally, how to chip and putt are must basics to learn.  It might be a good idea to get a lesson from your local pro, this will speed up the learning curve.

Last, I developed an enjoyment for playing the guitar.  I actually like learning new cords and songs.  I find it very rewarding when the music actually sounds like music!  Golf is the same way.  When first learning to play golf, it is very important to develop a love of the game.  The old saying that “a great shot makes you want to come back” is very true.  that one great shot among the plethora of not so great shots provides hope and kindles a desire to continue on playing.  It takes time to be a good golfer – by the way the term ‘good’ is relative.  Any player is good, it just depends on what they are comparing.

Learning any new skill, hobby, or sport is fun.  It takes time and effort to improve at anything.  It really depends on what your expectations and whether the time you devote is worth the getting better.

I am a grateful golfer!  See you on the links!