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
I had no rhythm, no athletic swing, no focus, and no confidence that it was ever going to get better.
My first two years were probably harder for me than for most women because I am not naturally athletic, and I have ADHD, which makes 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.
Jane hung in there with me, though. She patiently waited as I hit the ball again, again and again for my 8’s and 9’s on each hole. Our first full 9 holes took almost six hours — yeah, she’s a saint!
I eventually got a little better, started playing in fun tournaments and going on girlfriend golf trips. Needless to say, I fell in love with the lifestyle and now there’s nothing I’d rather be doing than playing golf.
She wasn’t my swing coach, but she did teach me the etiquette and rules I needed to play golf
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, read the official golf rules 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 don’t have that kind of time or (let’s be honest) interest in that kind of golf rules detail, but it’s important that they learn the rules from a trusted source such as the USGA or 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.