On Hilton Head, the very fabric of our Island community is woven with covenants that promote restful and restorative stays for our visitors.
In my time out on the golf course (many years now), it never fails to wow me how the game of golf itself rejuvenates those who play it. Golf offers so many benefits: time out in the fresh air, exercise, mental focus, a challenge and good old-fashioned fun. All of these things work together to restore a golfer’s mind, body and spirit, no matter what else may be going on in their lives.
I’ve also found that golf is an exceptional way to bond with others — new friends, old friends, family, anyone! There’s something about being out on the green that binds us all together.
In the spirit of that togetherness, here are some tips, reminders and musings about the game:
- T- Tee off long and straight down the fairway thinking of the good things ahead of you.
- O- Opportunities to grow are everywhere out on the golf course, and you can learn and succeed with those around you.
- G- Golf is a game of opposites — the harder you try, the worse you do. Amazingly, when you swing slow, the ball goes fast. When you hit down, the ball goes up!
- E- Effortless power (rather than powerless effort) is what you want. In other words, less is more.
- T- Turn your core and let the arms and hands follow. When you’re learning, this can feel like a loss of control, but with enough practice this will click and become a given.
- H- Happiness is a game of golf, filled with risks, challenges and rewards.
- E- Each and every shot is an opportunity to relax, focus and begin anew. This is how you can end 9 or even 18 holes of golf feeling refreshed!
- R- Release the grip and let it rip. Soft hands result in more distance and better accuracy. You have to experience it to believe it!
By Doug Weaver, Director of Instruction, Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy
Carolina’s PGA Teacher of the Year, Doug Weaver is the Director of Instruction at the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy. He conducts “Where Does the Power Come From?” a free interactive clinic and demonstration every Monday from 4-5 p.m. at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. Volunteer for a free lesson and some will win prizes! Call (866) 455-6890 or go to www.palmettodunes.com for more information.