The leading goal of my summer has been to push myself out of my comfort zone and try new things. It’s been close to ten years since I have taken a lesson in something outside of music. So that needed to change as soon as possible.
One thing we have discussed is importance of having a hobby we can enjoy as a couple. Golf has been a huge part of Zach’s life, and his interested has only grown since moving back to Kansas City. When I decided to sign up for golf lessons at St. Andrew’s in Overland Park this summer, Zach was so excited! I was nervous, as I knew nothing before starting lessons, but I was excited regardless. And golf clothes are undeniably attractive, so I had some shopping to look forward to.
The lessons I took were exactly what I hoped for. I signed up for small group lessons, which allowed a balance of individualized instruction and practice time. We focused on three major topics: putting, chipping and full swing with daily lessons on rules and etiquette intertwined. After the first lesson, my face hurt from smiling so much. I was having so much fun! It’s easy to learn in an environment where there is no pressure and everyone is supportive of each other’s strengths and many shortcomings. When I got home that evening, Zach was anxiously awaiting my return to hear about my experience. He was patient enough to go on a long walk with me so I could excitedly recite every single detail I was taught about putting while letting all my excited energy out. Golf is so much fun!
I didn’t notice the awful heat until we started working on chipping. I should be more clear: I was really bad at chipping, and then I noticed it was 99 degrees outside and I got frustrated. I was a little disheartened at the end of that lesson, but there was no reason to be. Isn’t acknowledging that you don’t understand something the point of decided to learn something new? And while chipping is still super unnatural for me, I am glad I ran into a challenge that made me slow down and be kind with myself.
I vowed to keep a growth mindset through the rest of the week, and it worked wonders! My brain is filled with so much information, but I am motivated to keep practicing and learning! I am considering taking the class a second time to solidify my understanding of basic technique and rules. By the end of the summer, I want to take at least another 3 or 4 group lessons and familiarize myself with a local Par 3. Baby steps.
Also. The US Open actually made sense this weekend. Not only did I take an interest, but I watched and actually learned things. If that’s not a sign of improvement, I don’t know what is.
See you soon.