Something that affects nearly every golfer that plays the game. In the same way that some people love roller coasters and scary movies, golf provides us with a. Oftentimes the aspect of your golf game that has the greatest potential We all know the feeling of timidly walking up to a ball, almost scared to. SCARY TEE SHOTS: Don't Forget To Turn Fear can be a great detriment not only to the mind, but also to how the body performs. Often, when.
Knowlton started offering twice weekly minute golf lessons. It originally had 30 participants. By the time May rolled around, that number had jumped to , just based on word of mouth.
She has since expanded Iron lady Golf to other regions across Ontario, including Ottawa and the Muskoka region. The program, part of a trend in instruction to get more women into the game, consists of four weekly group lessons led by Ms. Knowlton, with equipment provided by Nike at cost. Knowlton's point that golf is as much a social game as it is a sport. It is a lesson that many of her students, who range in age from 20 to plus, are learning.
Knowlton's clinics since the spring. What does matter is empowering yourself, feeling good about learning something new, getting over your fear and stepping up to a challenge, while bonding with someone else. Robyn McDonald, who is one of Ms. Many women would furtively seek out Lindsay Knowlton at the end of her golf clinics to ask her how they could improve their skills and participate in corporate golf events without looking foolish.
This led her to found Toronto-based Iron Lady Golf. Knowlton is working on expanding her concept to include other sports. Iron Lady Ski is scheduled to launch this winter at a ski club close to Collingwood, Ont. S and Canadian athletes, says that for Ms. Knowlton to succeed at these new ventures she needs to ally herself with athletes outside golf, her particular area of expertise.
Feldman, agent for Canadian Olympians Jennifer Jones curling and Jennifer Botterill hockey , in addition to other top-ranking female and male athletes. Knowlton agrees, and has already begun the process of securing the participation of a Canadian pro skier to help her develop the winter side of her business.
The tennis coach is still pending. When both are in place, Ms. Knowlton will advance Iron Lady to the next level, which is to take her concept across Canada and into the United States. Venture capitalist Janet Bannister thinks it is a laudable plan but cautions Ms. Knowlton that in order to build her women-only sports business she needs to find more people who are just like her: Bannister, a general partner at Real Ventures in Toronto.
Bannister suggests that Ms. Knowlton consider franchising the business, selling the Iron Lady concept to people who would then run their own businesses. This would enable Ms. Knowlton to expand her brand without the need for capital. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.
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Commenters who repeatedly violate community guidelines may be suspended, causing them to temporarily lose their ability to engage with comments. Read our community guidelines here. Site navigation Your reading history. Article text size A. To view your reading history, you must be logged in. Open this photo in gallery: Published June 18, Updated May 15, Story continues below advertisement. For any of us who have stood on the tee and peered over an expanse of water, trying to figure out how to navigate it safely, Knox's struggles were hard to watch, and yet comforting to know even the world's best golfers are proof golf is hard.
If you haven't seen it, or just want to commiserate, here's a video clip of Knox's troubles:. So why does a carry over water create anxieties like no other shots?
Go jump in a lake and save two strokes. It adds another layer of anxiety to the shot that a normal shot over a bunker doesn't have. Parker said it's very similar to why many amateurs play under generous "gimme putt" rules: That's why it's almost impossible to sit on the sofa at home and understand what it's like to stand over a must-make four-footer that could cost a touring pro hundreds of thousands of dollars. So other than avoiding water holes altogether -- or hitting the worst-looking ball in your bag as a sacrifice to King Neptune -- how can amateurs conquer their fear of water hazards?
For example, if you have a yard carry over water, hit the club in your bag that you know will easily travel that distance, even if you hit it a little fat. Don't hit something that requires maximum effort and solid contact. So their 7-iron went X number of yards. And they start thinking they should do that every time. So they're going to have shots that they hit solid that might fly yards, but most of the time they hit it between and And that 10 or 15 yards may mean the difference between landing on the green or reaching into your bag for another ball.
If you mishit it and it goes in the water, you're done. If there's water on the right and your ball flight is a fade, don't take a chance at aiming for a pin that's tucked near danger. Instead, consider playing it safe -- aim for the biggest part of the green -- or even where you might be able to bail out if you shot goes offline. The chances of you pulling off the perfect shot that's not only the correct distance but the correct line? Parker said even Tour players will tell you those are pretty long odds.
Imagine an handicap getting up and trying to hit that shot. They'd be lucky to be within 30 feet of the hole. If they got one close, there's almost percent chance it was because they would have missed their line. Getting on the green and two-putting for par is a whole lot better than splashing one or more balls and walking away with a huge number.
Play it conservatively and go to the next hole unscathed.
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Golfers who are playing to play great love a great drive more than they . If your mind is truly in the present, you don't play "tight and scared. I'm an aspiring golfer that hasn't yet played on a course. Unfortunately, I don't have any relatives or friends that are into playing the sport. The main reason I would say I'm afraid to go to the range to practice is because when I go, I see all these other golfers who it looks like they.