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7 Life Lessons Golf Teaches You

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Bobby Jones, the amateur golfer who helped design the Augusta National Golf Club and cofounded the Masters Tournament, is credited with this appropriate quote that reflects the parallels of golf and life:

“Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots — but you have to play the ball where it lies.”

Golf can teach its players many life lessons, including those listed below.

  1. Don’t sweat the small stuff or dwell on a bad shot

We all make mistakes. This sport teaches us that one or two bad shots aren’t going to ruin an entire round of golf. Learn to forgive yourself and move on. The best approach is to laugh at your bad shots and try again.

  1. Concentration and focus are important

Golf isn’t a game where you can multitask. It requires an immense amount of focus and concentration in order to improve your skills. Maintaining your attentiveness for 18 holes is something that’s also useful for life in general, as focusing on any task at hand until it’s complete can help you be a more productive person.

  1. Learn to accept things out of your control

If you play golf a lot, you can probably count a myriad of times when a situation did not go your way. A shot you hit that you felt was perfect ended up in the sand trap or the water, or the ball didn’t carry as far down the fairway as you had planned. Just as you shouldn’t dwell on the result of a bad shot in golf, you have to accept things in life that are out of your control.

  1. Use problem-solving techniques

Succeeding at golf is often about strategy. You find yourself in a certain spot, and you know where you want to end up. The question is, how do you get there? This can manifest itself in many ways. Maybe you need to learn to navigate the course on a windy day, or you need to plan your attack for a series of shots. Whatever it may be, golf teaches you how to solve problems effectively, and this skill is applicable to life in general.

  1. Patience is necessary

Golf teaches its players how to have patience, and if you’re not a patient person, you can learn how to be through playing golf. You can’t win by getting ahead of yourself — you have to take one shot at a time. Patience is a virtue when it comes to both life and golf.

  1. Quiet environments can be beneficial

In order to be productive, most people need a certain level of quiet, just like on the golf course, where there is a certain level of respect players and spectators have for the people around them since the game requires such a high level of focus.

  1. Be honest

Maintaining honesty and integrity is important in our relationships or work tasks, and golf is also a game of honesty. You are your own rules official on the golf course — no one is watching your every shot. Sometimes you may be forced to apply a penalty to yourself, and this can be hard to do, but in the end, those are the rules and you have to follow them. Just as you can’t get ahead in life by cheating, you can’t be the best golf player by being dishonest.

Matthew Southgate, an English professional golfer who plays on the European tour, believes that golf is analogous to life. He says:

“Golf is so like life in general. You rarely get what you want. You have to work hard for everything. And you have to believe in yourself and what you are doing.”

Interested in improving your golf game? Check out Basking Ridge Country Club’s Golf Academy, which offers individual, group and family lessons. Contact Basking Ridge Country Club for more information at 908-766-8200.

Benefits Of Golf Lessons

Whether you’re new to golf or simply want to boost your game, taking lessons from a professional instructor is one of the most effective ways to improve. Signing up for lessons allows you to work with a golf pro who gives you individualized attention. This one-on-one instruction allows your instructor to develop customized lesson plans that meet your specific needs and abilities, which provides the best opportunity for improvement. Get the most value from your lessons by taking full advantage of your instructor’s vast knowledge and work on each of the skill areas you want to enhance. No matter your skill level, golf lessons can help you play a better game.

Golf Lessons For Beginners

Playing golf is much more than learning how to swing a club. If you’ve recently taken up golf, lessons are the best way for beginners to learn to play and improve their game. Learning to play properly from the start keeps you from developing bad habits and teaches you vital basics. From understanding the importance of choosing the right clubs to developing the perfect grip and swing, there are numerous little details to learn. A good instructor helps you:

  • Get to know your equipment
  • Learn the rules of golf
  • Understand golf course etiquette
  • Avoid making simple mistakes
  • Improve your overall golfing technique

Professional instructors use a combination of techniques to help you build your skills, which may include physical conditioning, classroom instruction, mental visualization, driving range lessons, on-course play, reviewing videotaped swings and equipment fitting programs. Your instructor covers every aspect of playing golf and once you’ve learned to play properly, your instructor also helps you build on your basic skills. With plenty of practice and patience, you’ll soon learn to master golf.

Golf Lessons For More Advanced Players

No matter how long you’ve been playing, you probably want to shoot a lower score. If your handicap has been hovering at the same range for an extended period, taking lessons from a professional instructor can help you shave some points off your game. Intermediate golfers can benefit from professional instruction that helps you:

  • Break bad habits you’ve had for years
  • Increase your endurance level
  • Learn the mental game of golf
  • Improve your handicap with simple fixes you’ve missed
  • Fine-tune your technique
  • Sharpen every aspect of your game
  • Improve your overall consistency

If you’ve been playing for a while and don’t seem to be getting any better, taking lessons can be especially helpful. Although practicing more frequently helps, an instructor can better assess what you’re doing right and doing wrong to help break down the barriers keeping you from improving. Go into your lessons with specific goals in mind and receptive to your instructor’s suggestions, and you’ll soon overcome the issues that’s preventing you from achieving the scores you’ve dreamed about.

Gain Valuable Feedback

One of the biggest benefits of golf lessons is gaining access to a mentor who provides valuable feedback. When you’re playing with your friends, you may hesitate practicing shots you’re not very good at due to embarrassment or to avoid holding up the game. An instructor works with you on your flaws, makes sure you understand what you’re doing wrong and offers advice and tips on how to improve based on their vast experience. As a mentor, your instructor may also offer advice on good courses to play and the best new equipment hitting the market.

Take Golf Lessons At Basking Ridge

Basking Ridge Country Club is one of the premier places in New Jersey to play golf. We offer a top-notch golf academy and adult golf clinics. Our PGA and TPI certified golf professionals offer private and group lessons from March through November and club membership isn’t required to participate. Our instructors know how to deliver your lessons in a way you can easily comprehend and lessons are tailored to your specific skill level and style of play.

Whether you’re a new golfer or looking to improve your game, we work with players of all ages on the driving range, putting green and golf course to ensure each student walks away with a personal plan for improving their level of play. Contact us at 908-766-8200 for more information about our golf lessons from PGA professionals today.

The Basics of Club And Ball Analysis

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Learning to choose the right golf club for a shot and the right ball brand for you takes some practice and a little guidance. At Basking Ridge Country Club, our golf instruction team is dedicated to helping you improve your swing and overall game.

Fitting For A Ball

Ask your Basking Ridge instructor to help you test a variety of short-game shots with different balls. Decide which shot matters the most and pick the ball that performs the best on that shot.

Perfecting Your Golf Swing

The golf swing is perhaps the most critiqued motion in sports. Basking Ridge golf gurus help you break down the swing into components you can analyze and improve.

Improving Your Swing

A swing analysis can be done using the naked eye, a mirror or videotapes of your swing, usually from different angles. In order to make a proper change to your golf swing, you need an expert analysis. Our pro instructors help you evaluate your swing so you can concentrate on improving the positive aspects and breaking any bad habits standing in your way.

Choosing The Right Golf Club

There are two primary inputs for picking the right golf club for a shot: your distance to the target and how far you typically hit with each club.

Learning the distance performance of each club takes time and practice on the driving range. Ask your instructor the best way to estimate your range based on the distance markers, which are set at specific distances, such as 50-yard intervals. As a general rule, our instructors typically find 10-15 yards of difference depending on the clubs students use. For example, if your 8-iron sends the ball 140 yards on average, your 7-iron may land the ball 150-155 yards away.

Having the help of a pro lets you stay confident and gauge the distances more accurately so you can learn to pick the right club.

Contact Us

Basking Ridge Country Club has a Golf Academy that caters to all levels of play, so feel free to check it out online or to schedule time in one of our golf clinics or personal golf instruction opportunities.

New Jersey Golf Course Navigation

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Learning how to plan your shot based on the features and layout of the golf course is key, especially when you’re learning or competing on a new green. Basking Ridge Country Club offers private lessons and group clinics that can help new members learn our course inside and out. Our pro instructors can also provide in-depth tips on how to get the lay of the land on any course.

What Is Golf Course Navigation?

Golf course navigation involves positioning yourself to make your shots easier and keep your scores low. You can learn to read a hole so that you know what angles to use and identify the best hitting areas and target spots.

Basic Course Navigation Tips

Here are some basic tips if you find yourself on a new course.

  • Walk around the green before your first tee time to get an overview of the first few holes.
  • Note how trees, water, mounds, bunkers, slopes and swales impact your shot.
  • Approach each shot strategically and keep a journal so you’re better prepared for future golf games.

Golf Etiquette

Besides learning how to strategize on the different elevations and levels of play, it’s important to know the rules for encountering other golfers on the fairways. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Play through at a reasonable pace or let other parties play ahead.
  • Replace divots and rake bunkers.
  • Pay attention to the rules of the course
  • Let the player the farthest away from the pin go first.

It takes a while to pick up on all the nuances, but as long as you act with courtesy first, other golfers are typically happy to help you learn the basics.

Finding Your Way Around the Basking Ridge Golf Course

Visit our website to take an aerial or virtual tour of the Basking Ridge Golf Course. It’s always a good idea to gather as much information as you can from current members or those familiar with the golf course. The Basking Ridge staff is always happy to answer your questions and help you find your way around.

Contact Us

Basking Ridge Country Club has a Golf Academy that caters to all levels of play, so feel free to check it out online or to schedule time in one of our golf clinics or personal golf instruction opportunities.

How To Coordinate With Your Golf Coach

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Golf lessons are one of the most efficient ways to improve your golf game. If you’re going to invest time and money into golf lessons, it’s crucial to coordinate with your coach to ensure you get the most out of the experience. While every golf instructor has their own format for lessons, coordinating with your coach ensures you know what to expect and lets your coach know what you’re hoping to accomplish with your lessons. Choose classes taught by PGA professionals who know how to work with you, whether you’re a beginner or advanced golfer, to develop the abilities you need to get your game where you want it to be.

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Benefits Of Golf Courses

Benefits of Playing Golf

Playing 18 holes is a great way to soak up a little sunshine, but there are other benefits in store for those who schedule regular visits to their favorite golf courses. Make Basking Ridge Country Club part of your routine and you may see improvements to your mental and physical well-being and social life.

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