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.