Summer is the perfect season to golf, especially for the newbie learning how to play. For women, golf can be super intimidating because it is a male-dominated sport. However, it doesn't have to be! Golf is such a great sport because it is a huge networking tool in business (and landing that deal!), can be played at any age and skill level, and gets you outdoors for some great views and Vitamin D. Below are some of my tips for learning how to play the great game, all while having fun!
1- Sign up for lessons! This may be a no-brainer but sometimes people think they need some skill and practice before getting lessons. Not true! Even if you've never swung a club before, go out to your local golf course, walk into the club house or pro shop, and tell the person at the counter you want to get lessons. Seeing an instructor before ever hitting a ball may actually be more beneficial because they can prevent you from creating bad habits if you are on your own. A great instructor in the Sacramento area is Theresa from Castle Oaks in Ione, CA. Ask for her and you won't be disappointed!
2- Bring your BFF! Like in fitness, an accountability partner is so vital. Not only does it give you more confidence since there's power in numbers, but it also makes it more fun! The two of you will be learning together and laugh at your mistakes along the way. I almost never practice or play by myself because I love the companionship out on the golf course. Plus, I love sharing my love of golf with my girlfriends, whether they are at my skill level or just starting out.
3- Find someone better than you to play with! Growing up on the golf course, I was blessed to be in a group of very skilled players. Although they were all guys (that's why you need to bring your girlfriends- we need more ladies in the sport!), they taught me so many valuable skills and helped me become a better player. Whenever I was struggling, they would crack a joke or two but they would also help me out by giving me pointers and tips. I also golfed with an amazing female player who was a little older than me- not only did she inspire me to become a better player but she gave me great advice for on and off the course! People are more willing to help than you think; most people actually enjoy helping others because it makes them feel good to share their knowledge. Take advantage of that with someone you connect with on the course!
4- Wear clothes that make you feel confident! I'll be honest, golf clothes aren't the cutest clothes out of all the other sports, especially tennis. However, wearing something that makes you feel good translates into your mental attitude. "Look good, play good" is what I always say! Make sure you are abiding by the course's dress code policy because some courses are stricter than others, i.e. collared shirts only, decent skirt length, no athletic apparel. Sometimes I can get away with a workout top and sometimes I can't, so it all depends on where you go. One of my favorite brands to wear (I actually only wore this brand in junior and college golf!) is adidas! They have fun, bright colors and clothes that fit a woman's body. Use code NikkiB20 at checkout at adidasgolf.com for 20% off your entire order!
5- HAVE FUN! This is kind of like a "DUH, Nikki..." but trust me, it is a difficult one to remember when on the course. You will have good days and bad days, good shots and bad shots, good rounds and bad rounds. Stay patient, stay confident, and have fun.