Teaching Someone New to Golf
I went golfing last night with my fiancee, and I’ll be honest, our first hole took a lot longer than I had envisioned.
However, after she started to get her swing down (and me too, because I’m only a novice myself), things started to speed up and we both began striking more consistently. I was quite proud of her as the evening went on and we both started to get a little better with each stroke.
The cool thing of all of it is that I, a novice and complete beginner, was able to teach her a few basic things that she remembered to use through 9 holes and improve upon. I’m not nearly good enough to teach her certain nuances of the game that could mess with her swing if she decides to keep playing (I’m humble enough to realize that I’m still pretty bad and shouldn’t be coaching someone too much haha). But, with the right mindset, we both were able to push one another quite a bit and comment on certain things we could improve on.
What was also pretty cool was the different cold beverages we had packed up. Most were local brews from our city, and since she works for the course, it was easy enough to pack them up ourselves and get out on the first tee box.
We had a few hot dogs to go as well, which made for a nice snack midway through the 9 holes we played. I also decided to pack up a few of our favorite candy boxes. (You wouldn’t believe how good a few candy boxes of Mike & Ikes tasted after awhile out in the sun haha.)
Overall, for a free trip to play some golf with my favorite person, we couldn’t have had more fun. Despite both being complete beginners, we never got mad at the game, never got on each other’s nerves, and never cared too much to the point where annoyances ever began.
I think that’s the key to tackling anything new with your partner. Enjoying the process and the moment, not the end result of something. If everything becomes too competitive, even if it’s just with yourself, things can go downhill, moods will sour, and the evening can be spoiled. If you just slow down, breathe, and enjoy what you’re doing and who you’re doing it with, you’ll appreciate it so much more than you ever could have imagined.