Why Introduce Your Child to Golf?

Lisa Thomas, Director of Member Services

Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club Has golf! Introduce your child to golf right here at Greenwood in a new, state of the art golf studio. Here’s why:

  1. Anyone can play! You don’t have to be fast, thin or in fantastic shape to start. Golfers come in all shapes, sizes and athletic abilities.
  2. Minimal Risk. Golf is somewhat easier on the body than other sports that kids do like football, soccer, track and even baseball. There is less risk that you will be hit by a ball or obtain a stress injury from repetitive pounding. If you can walk, you’ve got a great start in golf.
  3. Lifelong Sport. Golf is a sport that you can play your entire life. It may even keep you spry into your 90’s.
  4. Lifelong Friendships. Because one can spend lots of hours on the golf course, you will develop friendships that may last a lifetime.
  5. Outdoor Time. In this day and age, where our youth are on their phones or playing video games, golf is an opportunity to get outdoors.
  6. Scholarships. “The National College Athletic Assn. (NCAA) estimates that every year 200 college golf scholarships for young women go unclaimed. Too few girls compete in the sport to qualify for these scholarships, which means many young women are missing an opportunity that could make all the difference to their education, their income and their future.”
  7. Family Time. Remember the old saying…”a family that plays together stays together.” Why not play golf together? Go out to the driving range and hit balls together. Play nine holes. It’s a nice time to strike up a conversation with your child.
  8. Life Lessons. There are many lessons to be learned through golf. Navigating ups and downs, regrouping, handling pressure, rising to an occasion, battling outside elements, handling distractions…just to name a few.
  9. Golf is just plain fun!

Teaching Golf Professional, George Miller, is available six days a week for private or group lessons. Book your appointment with George by calling 303.330.5146 or emailing him at george.miller05@comcast.net.

Lisa Thomas, Director of Member Services
303.770.2582 x284 | LisaT@GreenwoodATC.com

What I Learned from My Tennis Coach

Katherine Flahive

Tennis, among other sports, requires training, skill, practice, repetition, mindset, conditioning, focus and awareness of your partner and opponents. It also requires a positive attitude, positive self-talk, being present in the moment and watching the ball, having a tool kit of strokes and moves, court movement, footwork, speed, agility and a great deal of letting go of the last shot or the shots missed.

Likewise, when you are centered emotionally, you can perform emotionally with flexibility, strength, responsiveness, and resiliency. One of my favorite tennis coaches would share reminders of what is important to focus on: Accelerate through the strike zone, Compete with integrity, Pressure is a privilege, Courage through fear, Simple game plan executed with excellence, Charge like a bull and hit like a flower, and Focus on improvement and on what is working!

When my son tragically passed away in 2011, I found tennis a sanctuary and life saver!  It was the one place I could be and not think about anything else but the ball, while focusing what’s happening on the court. In tennis, being present on the court, watching the ball, focusing and how I respond to the game is vital. When I think too much and don’t trust my ability to play, it shows. Being a humble winner and gracious loser, I’m grateful and fortunate to be able to play tennis.

These principles also apply to my life. Being present to reality and what is, being aware and focused, taking care of my whole self so I am flexible, resilient to the challenges that may present themselves requires recovering to the middle, resetting, and responding versus reacting. Being able to let go and focus on the next stroke helps me to live in the moment and be ready for what is next. Don’t overthink and feel it in my body. The body knows and remembers. Remember to breathe, move my feet and be grounded. Trust takes faith and knowing that someone is pulling for me on and off the court is invaluable.