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 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.
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. 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.