Keith Stewart, Golf
Professional, Springdale Golf Club
game of golf is very difficult.
Even at our best, we still only get to borrow the game for a short
period of time. It is for this
very reason my staff and I believe we should try to help our fellow golfers as
much as possible. The mentor
program we have implemented at Springdale Golf Club doesn’t just apply to
junior golf or the nine-hole ladies association; it is directed toward our
entire golfing membership. A
mentor is someone who is half leader and half coach. As much as they breakdown, they build up. Since golf is such a difficult sport,
the later of the two could be considered our full time occupation.
simple focus we have on our day to day operations helps our members and their
guests relax and enjoy their practice and play time. We believe in being accessible to the membership. To educate them on as many facets of
the game we can. It doesn’t just
end with player development programs. Our team will help them pick out a comfortable
pair of shoes to make their feet feel good throughout the entire round. Or a shirt that not only makes them
look good, but it fits them properly and has performance fabrics to keep them
cool on a hot day. If your goal is
to play better, I suggest you take a similar holistic approach to your
begin our initial player development program each season with a free swing
seminar in late March. My staff
and I prepare a discussion of a couple crucial swing characteristics designed
to help everyone improve. Everyone
who attends always comments; they like how much the professional team cares
about their game. In giving golf
lessons for a living, the simplest lesson is usually the most difficult message
to convey. When I ask a student to
change their alignment or correct their posture the basic nature of the task
sometimes leads to second guessing.
Again, the difficult nature of this great game creates too many negative
connotations. Start a global golf
perspective today to improve some detail in your game/equipment which will
permit you a positive feeling or two.
is hard, and I propose golf will become an easier game for you if you surround
yourself with a network of players and teachers who feel the same way. In developing a sound golf network,
those whom you play and practice with should be trusted. Allow them an opportunity to help when
help is needed. After all, we need
all the help we can get. I believe
the secret to golf is just this, “Golf was about people before it was about
score.” So as the golf season
begins to reach full stride increase your golf network this season. Find a new shirt that looks and
performs like 2011. Lessons are
vital, but so is paying attention when you are around the game.
who make the game look straightforward are also the players my staff and I pay
attention to when trying to learn.
These are not always the players on television. More often than not those golfers are
some of the most complicated. In
continuing with this theme, I propose we all take the time to learn from one
another. Golf is hard. Whether you play at a private, public
or resort facility there are all types of people who can help. Ever ask a locker room attendant what
is the best way to care for your shoes, or a bag attendant the easiest way to
work the straps on that dual strap bag?
At the end of the day we all love the game and we are in this
together. There are so many
opportunities for us all to meet people and develop relationships in and around
the golf courses we play. One
never knows where any of these golf affairs may lead. It might lead to actual game improvement.
is hard, it’s complicated; it has a myriad of details and rules some written
and others unwritten. It is my
goal to make the game easier for my members and guests. My team works tirelessly to help
everyone just play better. If you
share a similar goal we strongly suggest you increase your golf perspective
this season. Take a lesson, talk
to someone who works at the course where you play. Take a moment to watch some golf swings on YouTube or read a
golf column. Those on our side of
the golf world are trying our best to grow the game. So what I propose should be readily accessible. It should really help each of you improve
and it will make the game more enjoyable.