This is the final video in the USGA and NBC series. I saved this video for last because too many of my students focus so much of their energy on the long shots that they neglect the technique needed to get the ball on the green close to the hole. I have another group of students who can get the ball on the green only to see it roll away from the hole for a long putt or even roll off the green. These situations can be frustrating but with practice and dedication you can turn things around.
In golf and in life we have to make choices. When evaluating your choices, it is important to consider all of the possible outcomes of those choices. This is where judgment enters the picture. On the golf course, you have to make the call about club selection, target selection and tempo to name a few .
The more you play the more you develop information about your abilities and how to approach the shot or putt at hand. While the goal is simple, get the ball in hole in the least amount of strokes, the strategy to accomplish that goal requires you to be clear of mind so you can apply judgment before making a decision.
Judgment: the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions.
The golf courses have been open for almost a month, the first live golf event was televised last weekend and the PGA South Florida Section Junior Golf recently announced that it will be resuming its tournament schedule next month. The golf world is doing what it can to help people start living life again. It's exciting to see.
Two of my youngest students were back on the course this week as they are eager to compete in the Links Tour which kicks off on June 15, 2020 at the Country Club of Coral Springs. Sarah is playing really well and has even come close to beating her Dad. They are looking forward to playing in tournaments on both the east and west coast this summer. It's all about getting her experience and building her confidence.
Mateo just received the Player of the Year Award for 2019 which was the final season for the Junior Golf Foundation America, Inc. He is looking forward to competing again and meeting other golfers. He made a new friend in a younger, talented golfer at the last tournament in March but has not been able to see him since. Mateo walked away with the win that day but admits that his new friend really pushed him.
Both of these junior golfers have aspirations of competing on the Prep tour when they are nine. For now, the Links Tour provides them with an opportunity to gain experience and get prepared for playing without a caddie. Most importantly, they are getting a chance to live out the core values on the golf course. I am looking forward to seeing their growth this year.
Buying golf clubs is an investment but unfortunately most golfers do not think of the purchase in those terms. In a previous post, I shared how buying clubs "off the shelf" is not the best approach. If you really want to have a fighting chance of playing good golf your golf clubs should reflect your physical ability not just your gender or height. The videos below provide a very general introduction into the technology that is involved in the creation of golf clubs. Keep in mind that technology continues to advance.
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When I teach beginner golf students, the most common feedback I hear is "this is harder than it looks." While this may be true, by the end of the first lesson, they leave with more confidence in their ability to learn and eventually play the game. I fully believe when you have experienced some level of success you will be motivated to get to the next level. It is my goal to help all of my students get to the next level and become more confident in their abilities.
confidence: the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.