Picking Your Course
Everyone gets into the game for different reasons, and some earlier than others as well. Whenever and whatever those times and reasons are, we all have to start knowing that we, really, don’t know anything…yet. With golf, skills and knowledge can only come through playing the game. A good place to start honing those skills is with your course selection.
Depending on where you live, your not always going to have an overabundance of courses to choose from. That doesn’t mean where you choose to learn the craft is going to be any less important however. In the earlier stages of learning the in’s and out’s of golf, choosing the best course for you is always going to be important. If you go to the most intimidating course in your area on your first few times out, chances are you’re not only going to perform horribly, but you’re not going to learn from the experience either. Knowing where your skills are at currently is going to be the biggest factor and you need to choose accordingly.
It’s not that you should never challenge yourself as your skills begin to get better, but don’t make it a habit. If your average basketball player had to play Lebron James one on one every single time he stepped on the court, chances are he’s getting dominated every game and it’s going to build resentment for the game he would have loved otherwise. With that comparison choose a course that fits YOU to play on a regular basis. Maybe one that has a driving range to help practice those long drives before you step up to the plate of a more difficult course. This way, you’re going to get better over time, while avoiding disheartening outings that can put a damper on your mental game.
The beauty in golf is the age you’re able to not only begin to learn the game but the fact that even when you’re older there will always be a part of the game that you can improve upon. Picking a course that fits with your individual skills is going to help those skills get better and help nurture a love for the sport. At the end of the day, as with many things in life, if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing then you’re not going to be able to push yourself to get better.