Read Article by Autumn Phillips
Do you remember the first time you decided to play golf? This question is not for those who started playing golf at age 3, and who hence have a country club swing. But for those of us who took up the game later in life, or are just self taught. For me it was during a business trip when all the guys were going off to play, and rather than stay alone I joined them. Now I had never played golf before, or even had a lesson. Needless to say I was a disaster, and by all rights that should have been the last time I ever played golf.
And yet, as bad as that experience was, something happened that day and I was hooked. Maybe I hit one good shot, maybe it was the camaraderie of spending 4 hours with guys alternating between trying to help me, and laughing at my struggles to hit a ball that was’t even moving.
No question golf is intimidating. A pro once told me that a lady came to him for a lesson, and he asked if she had any lessons before. She said yes, 54 lessons, but had never gotten up the courage to go out on the course – he of course took her directly to the course.
So if those early days are a faint memory, here is a walk down memory lane, which I think will sound much like your own first encounter with the game of golf.