Is learning golf hopeless for me?
October 1, 2012 1:27 PM Subscribe
Can a non-athletic person become a non-terrible golfer?
posted by primethyme to sports, hobbies, & recreation (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I would really like to be able to play golf. And by "be able to play," I mean that I'd like to be able to actually hit the ball with my club (the right part of it) every time, have it go forward (rather than sideways or backwards) the vast majority of the time, and have it go more than a few yards most of the time. In other words, good enough to be able to go play with business partners without embarrassing myself. I'm not talking about trying to join the PGA Tour, or even be competitive in local tournaments, here.
The challenge is that I'm not especially athletic or coordinated. I never played any sports outside of PE growing up, and PE was always my least favorite class. I've always been horrible at things like baseball. I think my hand/eye coordination isn't great, and I seem to be below average at mimicking motions I'm taught, etc. I'm wondering if this is possibly a waste of my time, or if with enough lessons and practice, it's possible for anyone, even me, to learn.
I have been trying this on and off for roughly ten years, but I've never really given it my full dedication. I've taken a small handful of lessons, and intermittently spent a lot of time at the driving range (for a few months I was going almost every day, but I stopped when I felt like I wasn't improving). Most of the teachers I've worked with have been very nice, but they seem to not be geared toward non-athletic people like me. When they talk about shifting weight from foot to foot, using analogies about baseball swings, etc., it kind of loses me.
To be clear, I WANT to learn. This isn't just something I feel like I need to do for business. But I don't want to waste my time if it's a lost cause. I think my next obvious course of action is to find a teacher I like, and spend a ton of time with him or her. But it's likely to be a big time commitment (and expense), so I'd like to have some kind of assurance it won't be for naught. I'd love to hear from someone who is like me, who has learned golf or a similar sport.