Ladies, you do golf! I was so proud to see more than 90% of the room raise their hand last month at the PLAYERS Championship Executive Women’s Day event, when I asked who played golf. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen…
Today is another one of those “National ‘whatever’ Days.” No, I’m sorry it’s not National Doughnut Day and an excuse for you to stop by Krispy Kreme – but it is a chance for us to invite our sisters, mothers, friends, co-workers or even grandmothers out to the golf course. (Don’t laugh, I’ve been beaten by plenty of women more than twice my age!) Even if you’ve never picked up a club or walked on a course in your life — why not give it a try today?
As an on-camera host for the PGA TOUR, my love for the game is pretty obvious. My journey in the game started in a kid’s clinic about 20 years ago but I didn’t call myself a golfer until I was in high school and played on my high school girls golf team. That’s because I fell into the category that so many other women do – “I only play once or twice a year, so I’m not a golfer” or “I’m not very good, so I’m not a golfer.”
I’ve got a confession to make: even though I work in golf – I don’t get to play as much as you may think and I’m about a 17 handicap, so I’m not very good either.
Ladies, stop selling yourself short!
Chief Teaching Officer for the LPGA — Nancy Henderson, one of our panelists at the Executive Women’s Day, told us this is a common categorization that we, as women, put on ourselves. Women say they aren’t golfers because they only play once per year, while men — on the other hand– who also only play one round per year, categorize themselves as golfers.
What’s more, Henderson said, women more often than not, categorize themselves as bad golfers, while men say they are good even if they aren’t.
It’s no secret, we, as women, are our own worst critics and need to work on lifting ourselves up in all aspects of our lives.
So why not start with golf on National Women’s Golf Day?! Today claim proudly that you are a golfer, categorize yourself as good (or at least average), allow yourself the time to squeeze in 9-holes or a range session instead of feeling guilty about not spending that time running errands, answering emails or whatever guilt trip we allow our minds to take.
Golf is good for your soul! It gets you moving and active, it’s time you can spend escaping outdoors with friends and family – or by yourself to clear your head.
Remember, today you are a good golfer, today you are allowed to put on that awesome golf outfit you never get to wear and hit the links without feeling guilty. Today, let your inner golfer out – and then repeat several times a year 😉
Happy National Women’s Golf Day! (everyday)