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We’ve been playing golf for a long time, both of us started when we were young with our families. Wee grew up on the golf course! Because we’ve spent so much time on the course during our lives we’ve learned a lot of life lessons. Lessons that we think have been extremely valuable to us. It’s actually been one of our favorite questions that we’ve asked our Golfers We Love in their interviews!
Be Honest – In golf, you are your own rules official. There isn’t someone watching your every shot. Even in tournament golf, unless you’re on TV, the only people watching you are your playing partners. You learn the rules early and there is an expectation to follow them when you’re playing. There have been times when we’ve each had to call a penalty on ourselves. Why? Because those are the rules, and in order to be the best, you can’t cheat your way there.
Learning to Accept the Uncontrollable – We can’t even count how many times things or situations occur in golf that makes playing extremely difficult. Have you ever hit a shot that you felt was so perfect but the result was awful? You ended up with a bad kick in the fairway that puts you in the water? Or it hits a sprinkler head and puts you 30 yards over the green? It happens! Unfortunately. But one of the things you start to learn is that you must start to accept the things that are out of your control.
Creating and Holding Focus – You must be a focused person to improve in the game of golf. You can’t multitask. Golf takes an extreme amount of mental and emotional concentration for 18 holes. This is a great thing to learn when you play golf but take into the world. Focusing on your goals or keeping your attention on the task at hand however long you need to is a very positive skill.
Problem Solving – Who would’ve thought that problem solving is a skill learned in golf? Well, get ready! Whether you have to manipulate your way around the course on a windy day. Or maybe the course is riddled with bunkers and you need to plot out your strategy.
Quiet – It may seem like a weird life skill, quiet, but it’s very useful. When you’re a kid playing golf you learn that there is a respectful volume you can have on the golf course. This creates a certain amount of respect for the people around you and the kind of concentration it requires to play golf.
Patience – Golf is an extremely hard sport and if you don’t have patience it will make it even more difficult. Golf teaches you to have patience, which is a virtue in life. You can’t score by getting ahead of yourself you have to be patient and take one shot at a time.
Respect – There are curtsy rules in golf. By playing this amazing sport you learn how to not only respect yourself but others and the golf course. For example, not stepping in someone’s line, being quiet while someone else is hitting, waiting your turn, fixing your ball marks, not driving the golf cart on the tee boxes and greens. You also learn the respect of your fellow competitor and sportsmen ship that will help with any profession your life leads you.
Communication– Golf has taught me how to interact with others. At times, you don’t always have a 4-some and you are put in a group with random people. With golf taking about 3 1/2 to 5 hours to play, there is a pressure to communicate with others in your group. It’s a great tool to have in life being able to interact with others on a whim.
To never stop learning – Golf has taught me that there is always room for improvement. No matter what you are doing in life you can always be better, you can always continue to work and grow to becomes the best version possible.
Quality vs quantity – When it comes to golf practice is extremely important but knowing the difference between quality and quantity is more important. If you hit 30 balls with 100% focus and you are 100% committed to every shot you hit, that is more beneficial for you than hitting 100 balls with 40-65% focus. Tackle your tasks with quality vs quantity.
We are Armana & Anna, two friends that met pursuing a career in professional golf. Graceful Golfer is our way of reaching and empowering more women to pick up golf and sharing our journey along the way.