Playing golf is fun, challenging, frustrating and even rewarding at times. Golfers get to be outside in nature but rarely stop to think about how that course got to be so beautiful.
Did you know that there are special scientists involved in the selection of the turf grass and organic matter? Did you know that there is a science behind the capture and reuse of water for the courses? Why are meteorologists important to the game? The videos below that were created by the USGA and NBC offer a behind the scenes look at golf course management:
If you watched my Take Away Drill you probably heard me say, if you go up you must come down. The concept that I am trying to teach is that for every action there is a reaction. Sir Isaac Newton definitely understood golf. To learn more about what I mean check out the videos below that were created by the USGA and NBC:
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.
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.
Today was probably the coldest day we have had this year but that did not phase my homeschool golf students. Some came dressed for the artic while others chose a layered approach. Nonetheless, they were ready to show me what they learned. One by one they stepped up for individual assessments. Out of the corner of my eye I could see friendships forming as some of the girls huddled together to keep warm. I also heard words of encouragement, "Don't worry, I was happy feet once, but look at me now." That's golf at its best and these young golfers are getting it.
Golf is an individual sport in many ways, but you play the game with other individuals and it is important to treat them with respect. There have been countless times when I have heard one student shout "Wow, great shot!" or "You can do it!" For them it is not a competition with each other, it is about learning at your own pace and celebrating the successes of others.
Within the group I also have some students who become frustrated with their progress at times. In golf this is almost a given, but that's where I help them to look at the skill in a different way or find a way to make them laugh through their challenges. Overall, I have been very impressed with the tenacity of this group and their willingness to accept feedback.
It is a pleasure to coach them and I look forward to our next series.