Why Do Adults Struggle To Play Golf?

26 03 2010

Very simply ……. CO-ORDINATION or lack of it. Our story begins when we are kids. I must be clear, in my experience a lot of kids who come to play golf at one of the facilities that i have taught at turn out to have the potential and skills to be very good golfers. Some who come to play really struggle with basic co-ordination. As we know golf can be a difficult game at the best of times to any age – but kids can have a great head start with any game using a ball if certain basic skills can be learnt at an early age. Skills like …. throwing & catching, kicking a ball, bouncing a tennis ball up & down on a racket, touching your nose with your finger. Unfortunately in today’s society parents (Quite rightly) are reluctant to allow their kids out to play unsupervised in parks or even in the street that they live in. So apart from school and the odd supervised excercise session kids end up being placed in front of a TV watching poor kids shows or playing on their Playstation / Wii / X-Box. Fitness and co-ordination starts at home from parents, then into schools where teachers must deliver more and better PE classes. The 2 hours a week PE that my daughter receives while at school seems of a poor standard – based on mainly running around and trying to tire the kids out for the next teacher. Schools strive to get kids to take part rather than succeed and there are no winners or losers – This is a notion that as a single minded golfer i find hard to understand or swallow (This is another subject though!)

One example of this is a few Sunday’s ago i took my wife, daughter and my daughters friend to play tennis in the local park. In the 1 hours court time my daughters friend hit the ball twice! I mentioned it to the Father of my daughter’s friend and i discovered that neither of the parents or sister played any ball sport or encouraged her to. She was given a new book rather than a ball for Christmas……

Unfortunately by the time our Playstation kids turn into adults and actually want to play a sport, unless they have been involved in it from an early age they will find it increasingly difficult to progress to a highly proficient standard at the given sport. They may enjoy the game that they have choosen but at a lesser level and many will continue to be frustrated by that sport.

Buy your kid a ball not a book for Christmas!

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Tiger Woods Masters Return

25 03 2010
Tiger Woods

Tiger Is Back In The Hunt

Tiger Woods announced Tuesday that he will begin his 2010 season at the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in April.

“The Masters is where I won my first major, and I view this tournament with great respect. After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta.”
“The major championships have always been a special focus in my career and, as a professional, I think Augusta is where I need to be, even though it’s been a while since I last played.
“I have undergone almost two months of inpatient therapy, and I am continuing my treatment. Although I’m returning to competition, I still have a lot of work to do in my personal life.
“When I finally got into a position to think about competitive golf again, it became apparent to me that the Masters would be the earliest I could play. I called both Joe Lewis and Arnold Palmer and expressed my regrets for not attending the Tavistock Cup and the Arnold Palmer Invitational. I again want to thank them both for their support and their understanding. Those are fantastic tournaments, and I look forward to competing in them again.
“I would also like to thank the Augusta National members and staff for their support. I have deep appreciation for everything that they do to create a wonderful event for the benefit of the game.”

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A lot has been talked about Tiger’s return.

My personal opinion is that many players have had off course problems and returned with the crowds sympathy – why not Woods? I have heard that there will be no live TV pictures of Tiger for the 1st round and possibility the second round. This is indeed a shame as love him or hate him he does draw a crowd. AND in the current economic climate we need him to lift golf and viewing figures and sponsorship money!
When he does return, the person in front of the camera and on the golf course that Woods has become i hope that we have seen the back of. As Arnold Palmer said, “Tiger needs to return and be humble infront of the galleries”. I bet that he has put on a few pounds eating all the humble pie his Mrs is making him eat!!

The Augusta National 1st Tee on Masters Thursday will be a very interesting place to be ………