I Started Playing Golf At Age 39
I had no idea that women’s golf (girlfriends golf, as I like to call it) would become such a huge part of my life.
I was 39 and had never played organized sports (or even unorganized sports) and I had no idea what to expect. My girlfriend Jane played three days a week and wanted me to be able to join her, so she insisted I take a few lessons.
It Wasn’t Pretty
My first two years were probably harder for me than for most women because I have ADHD, which made it difficult for me to stay focused while listening to an instructor talk. My mind wanders very easily, and hearing a bunch of sports analogies I didn’t understand wasn’t helping either! (Why can’t men teach golf using shopping analogies instead of baseball?)
I eventually got a little better, started playing in fun scrambles and going on girlfriends golf trips.
During a couples’ tournament at Pebble Beach a few years ago, I realized that most players are confused about the rules of golf. Since I had a technical background in financial services/escrow/settlement, I gravitated towards the rules and found them easier to remember than most players. I started attending USGA, NCGA and SCGA rules clinics and eventually began helping others learn the rules.
Now, to pay-it-forward, I teach golf rules and etiquette to women through videos on social media and in-person events at courses all over the world.
I’m in love with the golf lifestyle, and there’s nothing I’d rather be doing than playing golf. Well, except maybe teaching golf rules to fun groups of ladies.
She wasn’t my golf coach, but she did encourage and support me in my journey
The Rules Of Golf
I’m known among my friends as a “rules aficionado” (yes, that’s the polite way of saying it). I’ve attended many golf rules seminars, often have my nose in the official Rules of Golf book, and study important USGA decisions in professional tournaments. I do all that so you don’t have to.
Most players just need the basics and honestly don’t have the time or interest in a ton of detail. But it’s important that everyone learn the rules from a trusted source such as the USGA, The R and A, or someone like me, who knows how to simplify the rules for the everyday player, and help you learn the correct details to keep you from earning penalties.