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We all have that one friend, or multiple friends, who are just a little bit hesitant to hit the links. Whether it’s lack of experience, concerns over not playing well, or they just don’t want to take the leap and get out there, something is holding them back. Here are a few ways you can convince them, and perhaps it will lead to you finding your best playing partner yet.
Start with the basics: Golf is a social game. It’s an opportunity to catch up with old friends, meet new ones, and create memories that last us a lifetime. Your friends may associate golf with spending the whole day participating in this activity, so you will just have to explain to them that they don’t have to play 18 holes, or even 9 holes, to enjoy the experience. An hour at the driving range or a practice facility with friends can be the perfect amount of time for some people and can certainly provide an endless amount of laughs.
If your friends like the outdoors, this is the perfect opportunity for them to take in some fresh air for a few hours and hopefully enjoy some beautiful weather. Beyond that, explain some of the beautiful views that exist on nearly every course. Scenic holes, perfect green grass, eye-popping bodies of water — golf courses really do have it all. Whether you’re walking or riding, it is tough for them to argue that taking in the sites on the golf course is an enjoyable respite from staring at a screen (phone, tv, computer, etc.) for a few hours.
It’s likely the real reason a friend doesn’t want to golf is that they’re worried about not playing well. Take the time to explain to them that the score could not matter less when they are first starting out. Golf is a lot of fun, and there is so much more to it than being the best out there. But at one point or another, you will hit that one incredible shot that sparks that desire to keep trying. Plenty of people out on the course or at the driving range are beginners, and there is nothing wrong with hitting a few bad shots — it’s all in good fun anyway.
Golf is a sport that requires the use of different muscles and a certain amount of concentration. There are an endless amount of health and wellness benefits associated with playing the sport and many are worth mentioning. Mind, Body, and Spirit — Golf can be a great way to stay fit, reduce/relieve stress, and provide you with a sense of community. Determine the best and safest way to get your friend to enter the sport, whether it’s through lessons, time out in practice areas just exploring the movements, or hitting the range. Again, golf is a sport, and you don’t want that friend to strain a muscle or tire themselves out too quickly.
Some friends need a different kind of convincing and golf fashion might fit that their eye better than some of the other tips we’ve provided. The clothes you see on the golf course and at practice facilities today are different than what they once were. You can have a lot of fun coordinating your outfits, especially here in New England. Cool hats, colorful shirts and shorts, and skirts that match your personal style. Don’t forget about the perfect pair of shoes to top off your golf fit and perhaps one of the best aspects of hitting the links. On top of that, you can style your bag as well. From club head covers to towels, there are a lot of different options out there. Look good, feel good, play good. At the very least, maybe you and your friends can get some nice pictures for Instagram.