It is the time of the year that I publish my annual high school article. I have been very busy over the past several weeks teaching high school students who plan to try out for their school teams at the beginning of August. It is great to see golf become a sport that the teenagers are really interested in. We are fortunate to have some great players in the Charlottesville area who have produced some great teams over the last several years. I encourage all high school golfers to brush up and familiarize yourselves with the Rules of Golf. The Rules of Golf can help you, as well as hinder you if you are not familiar with them. It is also very important that everyone is familiar with the proper etiquette, not only to the course, but also to his or her fellow teammates and competitors. I also want to remind all the high school golfers that they will have to walk when playing. So for everyone I have seen riding in a cart, I encourage you to get out and walk and play. Walking and playing can be very different than riding in a cart.
I have been busy working with a lot of the golfers that have played for their respective teams over the last few years, but I am also happy to say I have seen lots of new golfers who are trying out for the first time. The advice I offer these new golfers as tryouts begin in August is:
- Relax and enjoy the opportunity to play golf with other golfers your age.
- Play one shot at a time and give it your best on every shot.
- Keep your emotions in check. Don’t get frustrated or too excited depending on how the round is going. Stay in the moment.
- Do not worry what others think about your game. Trust me, everyone is worried about their own games and do not have time to worry about someone else’s game.
- Make good decisions if you get in trouble -- always play the highest percentage shot.
- Stay hydrated and eat healthy snacks throughout the round (nuts, bananas, etc.)
- HAVE FUN!
I wish everyone the best of luck. Enjoy the game and enjoy the friendships you establish along the way.