By: Evan Singleton
The introduction of this little blog series, Part 1 - Learn to Love the Game. I am excited. Why? Well, simply put, anything revolving around the amazing game of golf excites me. However, this right here is extra exciting. I am going to take you on a (hopefully) weekly journey to becoming a golfer, golf fan, golf lover, and so on.
So a bit about my golf background...
I am a former NCAA collegiate golfer. So needless to say, I love playing the game. If I didn't, I would not have played in college. I have played golf for years, and have grown a love for anything golf-related. Which is exactly what I hope to shed upon you.
So why is this intro part titled "Learn to Love the Game" you might ask? The answer is very simple. Golf is a sport you truly need to acquire a taste for, for the lack of better terms. Especially playing the sport... You cannot just go pick up a club and shoot a decent score on the course. Unlike any other sport that you may be able to do that in, golf takes time and dedication. Now, I am not saying that no other sports require that. I am simply saying golf is different. Way different...
In golf, you need to learn to love the game. In some ways, force yourself to love it. Golf is such a great sport when you "get into it." So if you are a beginner, this next segment is so crucial for you.
If you desire to be a golfer, or even enjoy playing the game, you need to create excitement for yourself. It is far too easy for a beginner to go out and shoot a couple crappy scores, and be done with it. Like any difficult task, you (beginners) need to get through the bail-out phase. This is the time in anyone's golf journey (or in some cases, lack-thereof) that someone will decide "if this sport is for me." How can you make sure you don't bail on golf?
How can you learn to love the game?
My answer is so simple, and so easy to follow...
Watch some golf on the weekend(s)!
I have told so many people to do this. So many. Now, you won't enjoy it. If you know nothing about golf, or the professional players, I can almost guarantee you won't love sitting through hours of a tournament. But make yourself do it. Get yourself through that first tournament, then get yourself through the next. Remember when I brought up forcing the game upon yourself? This is a great example. Trust me, soon enough you will be so glad you did it. And soon enough you'll be making sure you are seeing every shot on everyday of every tournament. Learn players' faces, names, stories, etc. Do some research, pick a favorite. Do anything you can think of to make sure you stick with it.
So that is how to mentally excite yourself for golf. This has nothing to do with playing. Or does it? You watch a few tournaments in a row, and try not to go play a quick round. I bet you can't. That is why learning to love watching golf is so beneficial to actually playing. Weird right?
Watching these guys (and gals) excel will make you want to do it too.
So, again, trust me. The true key to learning to love the game of golf is to watch the sport. Watch tournaments, videos online, highlight reels of greats, and so on. You may not enjoy it at first, but it'll have a HUGE impact on your love for the game. You will teach yourself appreciate the game of golf by following this first step.
Stay tuned for the next installment of The Road to Golf!