It has been awhile since I shared my thoughts on how to adapt beaver characteristics to golf. Today, I am reminded of how beavers live in a colony which is basically a fancy term for extended family. They play together and they work together to build and protect their homes which are of course dams.
Teaching golf to juniors of all ages has given me the opportunity to create a community for my students. Just this morning I was teaching three of my female junior students in a group lesson. I suggested it so they could get to know each other, offer each other encouragement and hold each other accountable. They enjoyed it a lot.
Afterwards, they stayed to help me with the homeschool group class. Jayda, Prep Tour Player of the Year, demonstrated how to swing the club. Her accomplishments offered encouragement to the younger female golfers. Leila and Annika stepped in as coaches and cheerleaders very easily. They are an awesome addition to the group.
I personally, believe community for these young golfers is more important than ever. Covid-19 has already changed our lives in so many ways and it has the potential to isolate people. But isn't golf an individual sport? Yes, you are responsible for your own score but 9 times out of 10 you are playing your individual sport with someone. It is my hope that one day the younger golfers will feel comfortable playing a round with Jayda, Leila or Annika. I am quite confident that if asked they would gladly accept the offer.