After 33 days, the golf courses around South Florida reopened today and Palm Beach County golf courses are expected to open on Monday. Play will look different but it is a small step towards returning to usual play. Congratulations golfers! You have persevered through the temporary closure and hopefully your golf game has not suffered in the process.
I know many of you are anxious to get back to your lesson schedule but practice facilities remain closed at this time with no estimated start date. In the meantime, I encourage you to keep practicing, play a round or two and become flexible as a new normal for golf develops.
As always, please continue to send videos and I will send you feedback.
perseverance: persistence in doing something despite
difficulty or delay in achieving success.
Your golf ball has made it the green in 2 on a par 4 but somehow you manage to bogey or worse double bogey. Why? Maybe you need to practice or maybe you are just not understanding the physics behind the putting stroke. Check out these two videos developed by the USGA and NBC to discover what you may be missing.
An important core value that I believe juniors need to learn early is responsibility. Responsibility is the state or fact of having a duty for something or someone. In golf, we must first be responsible for ourselves, this includes how we respond to situations. Most amateur golfers are willing to take responsibility for the positive outcomes but are quick to assign blame for the negative outcomes. In my opinion, these people lack integrity.
I hope to instill a desire in my students to own every decision they make and every action they take in golf and in life.
I had the pleasure of teaching this group of siblings the day before the golf courses closed. We had a blast and Mom tells me that they left with a new love for golf. So much love that they have been practicing at least 3 times a week in the yard and recently were inspired to start a putting game based on one of my videos. They are definitely taking responsibility for their golf journey!!!
The objective of golf is to get the golf ball into the hole in the least amount of strokes. Why is the golf ball so unique? Did golf balls always have dimples? What's the big deal about the golf ball anyway? The videos below that were created by the USGA and NBC should answer some of your questions.
When I coached golf summer camps we awarded a sportsmanship award to the golfer who best displayed this core value most consistently over the course of a week. Sadly, it was really tough to find someone who did. Most juniors lack the maturity to look past their bad shot and keep playing while others think it is fun to laugh at another's failures. None of this acceptable behavior and I when I see it it gets corrected immediately.
To be quite honest, I believe most adults are challenged in this area as well. The game is golf and it is supposed to be fun. You will have days when your talent shows up on the scorecard and then there will be days when it doesn't. No matter the day, golfers of all any ages need to learn to support and encourage each other.
sportsmanship: fair and generous behavior or treatment of others,
especially in a sports contest.