Up your game by making golf more collaborative.
The Mr. Rogers movie starring Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, is a fantastic model for playing and learning golf.
Mr. Rogers teaches us to live life with rich relationships, caring for one another and helping each other. In one scene in the movie, during his TV show, he attempts to put a tent up by himself and fails. He turns the failure into a victory, asking for help and completing the task with someone else.
Divide the burden and double the pleasure.
How can you make golf more social or engaging with others?
Develop confidence by developing competence. Attend instructional classes and learn the skill of golf in simple ways. Many people attempt to teach themselves and get bogged down in mediocrity and frustration.
Trust your coach.
Work with nurturing coaches who can develop you into a player who is playful and relaxed on the golf course.
We can help you find a group of people to play and grow with in golf, expanding your social circle in strategic ways.
Start a chain reaction.
Invite someone to join you, and they will invite someone – and so on, and so on and so on.
For example, ladies enjoy friendship and golf through Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island (WAHHI) golf classes. The Villamare condominium complex, a mid-Island oceanfront property, uses golf to bring owners and renters together for fellowship. The Young Professionals Group uses golf for networking, professional development and, most importantly, fun.
The Monday afternoon golf class, which is free and open to the public, is a place to meet people and observe others learning and overcoming the same challenges you experience.
If you want to improve your golf game, remember these key points:
1. Golf can be played in small pieces: practicing for an hour, playing games with others in the practice area or just playing nine holes.
2. Golf is a game of opposites. The harder you try, the worse you do.
3. Fun – Da – mentals. Learn the fundamentals, and you will have more fun.
It’s a beautiful day on the green and the neighborhood, as Mr. Rogers says!
By Doug Weaver, Director of Instruction, Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy
A former PGA Tour pro and member of the local golf Hall of Fame, Doug Weaver is the Director of Instruction at the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy. He conducts “Where Does the Power Come From?”, a free clinic and demonstration, every Monday at 4 p.m. (843) 785-1138, (800) 827-3006 or www.palmettodunes.com.