Golf is about more than just the game itself. As golfers, we learn a ton of things on the course that we bring with us to every aspect of our lives and are better for it. Here are a few of our personal favourite things we’ve learned from golf.
Golf requires a ton of focus and concentration in order to play effectively. You have to learn how to turn your mind off from external distractions and just be present in the moment. Believe us, this skill comes in handy off the course as well.
Golf can be frustrating. Golf can be slow. You can’t enjoy golf unless you learn how to be patient. Patience is an incredibly useful skill in life, whether on the course, at the office, or at home.
Most sporting events–and heck, even most social events–are loud affairs. While it’s great to take part in high-volume activities as well, golf is one of the few times when you are out in public, surrounded by other people, and spending a lot of time in complete silence. The quiet that we uphold on the course instills a sense of peace and focus that many golfers value off the course as well.
Golf courses are beautiful places. Each one has different ways of showcasing nature’s beauty, from rolling greens to ponds to large leafy shade trees. As a golfer, you end up spending a lot of time outdoors in an environment that pretty much slaps you in the face with nature’s majesty. It’s hard to be a golfer and not admire and value the environment.
Here’s the thing: to get really good at golf, you’re going to have to fail a lot. You’re going to barely hit the ball far at all on the fairway, you’re going to hit it way too far on the green, and sometimes you’re not even going to hit the ball when you take a swing. It’s important for every aspect of life to learn how to fail, try again, and slowly improve. Golf is a great, low-stakes way to learn that.
You can’t learn any of these lessons without balls to hit!