Although I have been teaching golf for several years, the majority of my clients have been adults thus far. With the need for my schedule to be flexible while I pursue completing my MBA, as well as starting my first business, I decided to take a job with The First Tee of Northern Nevada (TFTNN.org) teaching golf and life skills to juniors. This job combines my two teaching passions – golf and life skills.

At first, I was fearful of teaching large groups of children, but after several weeks, I have come to find that they are more enjoyable to teach than adults! Many of the adults I have taught have been able to achieve varying degrees of success in their respective fields, and when they come to the golf course, they expect to achieve a similar level of success.

Many adults come with questions pertaining to articles they read or tips they received from a friend. Much of the lesson is focused on explaining and demonstrating why what they read may not be beneficial in their particular case, or that their friend offered a quick fix to a problem that had a much more serious foundational flaw.

With children however, they are happy to be outside and to have the chance to swing hard at something (other than a sibling) and not get yelled at. When asked to change their grip or not swing out of their shoes, and because I am a golf instructor, someone other than a parent, they are willing to listen.

Children do not have much, if any misguided information, and are willing to listen to what myself or another instructor has to say. Once they hit a good shot, they smile from ear to ear, telling their friends about what they just accomplished are relish in their achievement. They may hit the next shot terrible, but they still remember that one good shot they hit. They then explain to us what they learned, what they enjoyed most, and what areas they need the greatest improvement. If adults took this same approach to both golf and life – many would achieve even greater success.

1. Receive Instruction

If people are open to, and willing to receive instruction, they will be well equipped with information that is applicable in their particular situation. If people are too prideful or are unwilling to receive instruction, they will self-destruct by their own vices and lack of ability to appreciate another’s insight.

2. Remember Success

When you achieve something that you have been striving for, be it a quality golf shot or job promotion, take some time to enjoy the accomplishment. If you rush onto the next goal without thoroughly enjoying what you have accomplished, you will rarely be content or satisfied. Remembering your successes can be used as motivation for future times of struggle, so it is invaluable to have those memories to recall.

3. Take Time to Self Reflect

At the end of the day, week, month, or whenever you can, take some time and evaluate how you are doing across the board (i.e. marriage, family, work, personal time, etc). During this time you may realize areas where you are doing extremely well in (remember those feelings brought on by success) and other areas that could use improvement.

These are just three of the many lessons that can be witnessed when working with junior golfers. If you have any thoughts or experiences relating to this matter I would love to hear about them! Remember, it is no one else’s responsibility to improve you – you must take the initiative to do it yourself!

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