Forgotten how much fun this game can be? Try running a kids' golf camp!
Do these symptoms describe you? Prone to fits of anger when any forward-moving shot doesn’t come off as it would for Annika or Tiger; Shake in fury when you come up on a foursome that doesn’t QUITE play as promptly as you’d like; Get livid when your playing partners take the honor, putt out of turn, or breathe during your backswing. If so, RELAX. It gets crazier, wackier, nuttier, and you just have to handle it. Exhibit A (the only one you’ll need) is the junior golf camp.
Kids from 9 to 13 working their way from chipping and putting, to the par three course, to the intermediate course, to the championship course, in the space of one week. Holy nightmare, Batman! It reminds us of how much there is to learn about this game. If you step back and watch the little runts, you’ll see them walk absently in front of each others’ shots (makes you scream again and again.) Or, you’ll hear them talking, laughing, giggling, bellowing while their buds tee up. OR, you’ll watch them swing back, stop at the top, look around, smile, return to their downswing, and belt one down the middle.
The jazz is, these kids know the secret that you forgot long ago. They play it as fun, for fun, in fun. They don’t stress, they don’t keep score, they don’t get riled up, they don’t particularly CARE–they just play. Shouldn’t you?
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