A golf instructor ranked in the Top 50 in the US, PGA Professional Suzy Whaley knows a thing or two about facing tough situations. She was the first women in 58 years to tee up in a PGA Tour event.
Before and since, Suzy has gained a legion of fans and industry respect by her incredible athletic skill, her encouragement of men and women alike in the game, and her insight into t golf.
She says women hesitate to learn to play golf because they say, “I don’t play golf because I’m not any good at it.”
She says this promotes the ridiculous theory that most people that do play golf ARE good at it. “That’s simply not true.,” she says. “We’d all like to play better, and with some practice and proper instruction, we can. But believe me, no one just picks up a club for the first time and is a good golfer, and truth be told, there are more ‘not so good golfers’ than there are ‘good golfers’ out there. Golf is a game to be — above all else – enjoyed, and for those that can excel at it as well, that’s wonderful for them.”
She says learn some basic etiquette norms and learn the basics of a golf swing. Then, you can be comfortable and at ease playing golf. “You don’t have to be great to have fun, and more than anything, that is what women need to understand about this game,” says Suzy.
Golf is, after all, just a game.
“If you are looking for a way to socialize, exercise and network while also having a superior physical and mental challenge, nothing beats golf and I’d love to see you on the course.”
For those looking to make their first steps into golf, it’s not that hard. In fact, if you have an interest in golf, that’s all it takes. “When women come to me to learn golf, particularly women who have no real knowledge of the basics, I find that exciting. Sure it will take some work to get them ready to tee it up with their husbands, boyfriends, corporate outings or other golf friends, but it’s a new person that I get to introduce to one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences I think a woman can have.”
There are hundreds of women (and men) instructors who love to help new players get comfortable and start having fun. The PGA, LPGA and USGA are great stops to find the resources you need.