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.
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!!!
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.
As I continue sharing the core values of golf, I thought it would be timely to share integrity. I was recently asked if I would be willing to teach a student at their home. I am equipped to teach amidst all of the health concerns and the student was clearly comfortable with the idea. Based on the pictures, they had a nice set up with a net and I definitely would appreciate the income.
I went back and forth for a week and ultimately I decided not to accept the offer. While the income would have been great, my services are not considered essential during these times and I am not comfortable violating the current guidelines.
The dictionary defines integrity as the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. It is my hope that I will strive to make decisions that are just that.
From what I have been reading, it is clear that people are getting tired and anxious
to get back to normal lives. Let's respond with integrity so we can all
get back to living life in a way that does not endanger others.
I have been fortunate to teach a lot of junior golfers and I love it because I believe I have an opportunity to shape the future of young people both on the course and in life. One of the ways I hope to do that is by teaching them nine core values.
If you look up the word honest in the dictionary you will find a number of definitions that include: free from fraud or deception, truthful, legitimate, genuine, real, reputable and respectable. These are words that a golfer should strive to not only play by but also live by in their daily lives.
In my experience, people who are willing to cheat on their scorecard in golf cannot be trusted to do the right thing in business or in life.