The first shot does not determine the last. Your response to the first shot especially when it is not pretty will determine the last. Golf is about mental toughness.
When I wrote my original post, I had no idea where I would be teaching. I just knew I would be teaching somewhere. When I started teaching again, it was in a park under the cover of trees. Seriously, I found a quiet shady spot with enough room for my net and some short game tools. It was the perfect spot to work with my junior students and they did not mind at all. As a matter of fact, they loved it.
It wasn't a fancy golf course, but they were progressing and they continue to do so at the Golf Learning Center at Commons Park in Royal Palm Beach. I am sure that there are golf professionals out there that think less of me because I am not teaching at a golf course. I have also lost a few students since then because they want to learn in those facilities. I am fine with all of it because I love where I am, I love what I do, I love teaching. When you love what you do, you find a way to persevere.
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.
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perseverance: persistence in doing something despite
difficulty or delay in achieving success.
If you are looking for a great story about perseverance to read with your children, check out Twice as Good. You can find it at the library or if you prefer to buy, it is listed on several used book sites