It has definitely been a journey, from not being able to hit the ball to 120 yards with my 7-iron (that is quite far for me!)
Over the last 9 months, I have realised that finding the right PGA Professional is important, it makes a big difference when it comes to your progress and the enjoyment of the game. I have had a mixture of group lessons and private lessons, and I would recommend group lessons for any beginner. It is a fun way to meet like-minded people, and the encouragement from one another really helps, you’re all in it together.
I played my first 9 holes before Christmas, and it wasn’t fantastic. I had the perfect lesson the day before, ran through everything I’d need to know but when I stepped up to the tee, it all disappeared. I lost 3 balls to the bushes, had to shout FORE a few times and definitely lost the feeling in my toes and fingers… but I DID IT and that was a good feeling. I’m ready for my next round but in the sunshine, with my friends and family.
I’m not one for new Years’ resolutions, however, I have given myself the goal of getting a handicap this year. It doesn’t matter how high it is, just as long as I have a handicap. I find if I give myself goals to work towards, I’m more productive between lessons and I actually start to see my progression.
The golf bursary has given me the opportunity to not only learn how to play the game but also understand the fundamentals and why people love it so much. It has helped me with my day-to-day dealings with clients, and how I approach work tasks. It’s also really encouraging to see how enthusiastic my colleagues are when they hear how I’m progressing, they are always keen to give me a quick tip on my grip or why I’m hitting it so far right!
Alongside being given the Performance54 Golf Bursary as part of their commitment to the Women in Golf Charter, I am lucky enough to be a part of The Women in Golf Charter Leadership Foundation Programme. The programme allows me to share my experiences with other women in the industry and this includes talking about my lessons and progression, day-to-day work and how it all links together. The charter has created so many opportunities for women and girls, not only when it comes to playing but also working within the industry.
Over the past 9 months I think it is fair to say that I have caught the golf ‘bug’. I may not be good enough to play the full 18 yet, but thanks to the Performance54 Golf Bursary I am now confident enough to play 9 holes!
At university I played hockey, so I was pretty confident when it came to my hand-eye coordination, however I soon found out that you don’t need to hit the ball as aggressively with a golf club. I really enjoyed my lessons, especially as I was able to relax and spend some time outside. There are so many things I needed to think about during my lessons; my grip, how I’m standing – am I too upright or too close, is my weight on the right leg, is my club face too open or closed and so on but my PGA Professional kept me at ease the whole time.