When beginning to play this wonderful and challenging game, men are more likely to try different things, to explore, to try and work out how it works, to test boundaries and see how far they can hit the ball, how hard they can hit it and so on. Women are more likely to seek instruction and guidance, and to do as they are told. Men are more inclined to be competitive whilst women see it more as a game, a great walk, good company, a bit of exercise, etc. Again, I’m generalizing here, so please do not take offence.
Thus, in general, the advice I would give to a woman who is thinking about taking up this game, is to book a course of lessons with a good instructor. Don’t listen to that really helpful guy who plays off 18 and thinks he knows the answer to every golfing problem – go to someone who has proven both his/her knowledge of the game and his/her ability to teach. That helpful guy probably does know what you need to know but he is probably not an expert in the art of teaching and passing on his knowledge. Make sure you are shown the right things in the right way. And, unless you have an unusually harmonious relationship with your husband, don’t risk your marriage by getting him to show you how to play either!
Recognize that genetic programming points to the fact that you are most likely to feel comfortable and confident when you are shown what to do and act upon this awareness. Golf is a game of confidence – it either feels right or it doesn’t, the club and ball look and feel right or they don’t. When you are confident your rhythm is good, your swing is smooth, you are more likely to hit the ball out of the sweet spot and create the shot you desire…and this leads to feelings of achievement, satisfaction, pride…and ultimately greater enjoyment of the game, coupled with a sense of smug satisfaction that you can hit the ball a nice distance and keep it in play on the fairway, much to the envy of many a male golfer!
Confidence comes from knowing that you know what to do and practicing until what you are attempting becomes consistent. So practice between lessons, but make sure that its fun – get friends to go and practice as well, have a chat and a laugh along the way. See practice as a game as well, rather than a chore. Once you’ve learnt to hit the ball reasonably well, and you feel confident, and you have a measure of control, then you can start to take a few risks, explore different shots and challenge your boundaries. Take calculated “risks” in your game only when you have the confidence to do so. Taking unnecessary risks before you feel comfortable with your game is one very good way to destroy not only your confidence but your enjoyment and desire to play this great game.
Now…I have really, really generalized. If you are a lady who loves a challenge, thrives on risk, and likes to know the nuts and bolts of how everything works…then I’d prescribe a much more adventurous and innovative approach to the game. Take a look at www.instinctivegolf.com and consider this approach to coaching. It encourages you to learn through self exploration, as opposed to just being told what to do. You will learn to understand the complexities of this game, and explore, and continually push against boundaries to create an ever more creative and inspired game of golf.
Golf is a game, but most people will agree that they enjoy it more when they play better than when their game is in tatters. So recognize that golf is a game of confidence, become aware of your own preferred learning style and learn from within this basis of awareness. In this way you will be comfortable and confident and really enjoy your golf.
Roseanna Leaton, specialist in golf hypnosis cds and hypnosis downloads.