Golf Through the Eyes of Doug Weaver
It’s hard to express the joy that teaching golf brings me. This is in part because of my own love for the game, but I think it’s also because it brings so much joy to others. I often wish people could see what I see on a daily basis as a golf instructor, so this month, I’m going to tell you.
I see a beginner — initially frustrated by the many, many things that they must learn. But they keep coming back because golf digs into you that way. And over time, as a love for the game blossoms, I see growth and determination, a player overcoming each challenge. I also see the birth of a sportsman or sportswoman, on their way to becoming a mature golfer who is reaching — stretching themselves — toward their potential.
I see children reveling in a game that keeps them outside, moving and thinking.
They are learning to play by the rules, developing patience and enjoying the encouragement from parents, friends and instructors. Kids see the way the game is played, but the way players treat each other. They begin to understand that they too will need to demonstrate accountability and responsibility in the care of their equipment. A very young child — only three! — amazes his parents with what he is able to do with the guidance of an excellent coach.
I see a young couple deepening their bond, as they watch each other handle the challenges of the game; two boys playing against the backdrop of a windswept shore; a group emulating their hero in Ricky Folwer orange and women playing so impressively that crowds watch in awe at their show of skill and determination.
I see a recently retired couple taking on a new game, and getting closer as they tackle it together. It’s a social game, a game of
movement and grace, and it requires every part of the brain. They grow together in their endeavor, encourage each other and leave
hand-in-hand, looking forward to their next opportunity to step up to the tee.
For me, this is the power of the game of golf. Come see us, and discover the golfer in you.
On Mondays at 4 p.m., we are now putting on a Free Clinic and Exhibition. You’re all invited!
By Doug Weaver, Director of Instruction, Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy
Doug Weaver, Local Golf Hall of Famer and Director of Instruction, Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy. www.palmettodunes.com.