Why Golfers are Rockstars

By Abbey Algiers

 When I was in high school and told adults that I was on the golf team, I always got the same reactions.  First, they’d be surprised. Golf? Really?  Then, they’d have one of two responses.  They’d either tell me that they golfed too (and look at me with approval), or they’d say they wished they had learned to play when they were younger (and look a little envious of me).  As a teenager, I never really “got” what the big deal was about golf, or why my being on the team seemed so unusual and heroic.  Yes, I knew golf wasn’t the mainstream choice for a girl’s sport, but I didn’t understand why adults thought it was so great.

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Don’t Forget Your Short Game

by Abbey Algiers

I think we all can relate to the scenario of when a good hole goes bad. It begins with a fabulous drive that impresses everyone around the tee box. The second shot sails and lands less than 10 feet from the green, leaving just a chip and a putt. So far so good.

Sometimes though, even the best of us hit rough waters when we approach the green. That’s because greens are tricky. Greens require concentration and skill. It takes hours of chipping and putting to fine-tune our short games.

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Why Choose Golf?

by Abbey Algiers

With all of the options available for sports—soccer, basketball, swimming, gymnastics, volleyball, ice skating, track, cross country—the question “why golf?” may surely come up as kids choose their activities. I know it did for me. As a high school freshman, I begged my dad to let me go out for the swim team instead of golf. I was looking for a “real sport” I told him.

My dad’s response went something like this: “You want to go out for a real sport like swimming? Really? What are you going to do with swimming in the future . . . go on a date with someone and say “hey, baby, let’s swim around this lake?’ No. You’re going to golf. You’re going to pick a lifetime sport.”

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The Secret to Exceptional Golf

by Abbey Algiers

Golf can be hard.  Yes, I know, this is not a newsflash to anyone who has ever picked up a club. The skill required to just hit that darn, little white ball takes years to fine tune. Adding insult to injury, golf is difficult because it puts the golfer through a series of tests—physical, mental, and emotional—each and every round.  Even better, those tests take place right in front of friends, teammates, and fellow golfers.  It’s a bit unnerving, all right.  To top it off, golf is supposed to be a “dignified” sport where participants display their best behavior at all times. Therefore, getting worked up on the “rare” occasion where something goes wrong is highly frowned upon.

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They’re Watching our Backswings

by Abbey Algiers

There are so many ways we can help our daughters become better golfers. We can buy them really great clubs or cute golf outfits to encourage them to go practice. Of course, there are other, practical things like lessons or golf camp. And, if all else fails, there’s always Happy Gilmore. But even though these are all tactics to help shape our girls into golfers who can hold their own with a driver, there’s one very important piece that we can’t forget as we encourage our girls to golf.

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The Beauty of Golfing Buddies

by Abbey Algiers

A doctor, an ad guy, an ex-banker, and a chief of police walk onto a golf course . . . .

No, this isn’t the beginning of a joke. This is the makeup of my dad’s foursome who met each Thursday afternoon for years while I was growing up. These guys were lifelong friends who bonded over golf. As the years passed, the foursome dissolved, but my dad looks back on their Thursdays as some of the best times of his life.

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Golf and Life, Part 1

by Abbey Algiers

Golf is an amazing sport that tests our limits, challenges us, exposes us to nature, and lets us spend quality time with friends and family, but, best of all, it’s a sport that can be played for a lifetime. While all of these things are great, there’s another, special bonus that comes with golf. It turns out that golf has a sneaky way of teaching us about ourselves and our lives.

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