In Mid May we held the first ever golf clinic at the Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America (MPVA) headquarters in Novi. The weather was perfect as we had temps in the upper 70’s and just a beautiful day to work on golf skills.
For this being our first event we had great attendance as 8 students came out to learn or re-learn golf using SNAG (Starting New At Golf) golf equipment. For some this was their first experience using SNAG or trying golf after an injury. For others it was a refresher or a continuation of skills that they learned previously at the MPVA Open House where we presented the SNAG equipment for the first time. Each event we do and each lesson I give I find I learn just as much from my students as they learn from me.
There is one common joy amongst all golfers, the excitement of a well-struck golf shot. Isn’t that what keeps us all coming back to a game we know is difficult? That effortless feeling we get as the ball hits the club and gets airborne. The sight of that ball against the backdrop of a beautiful, blue sky. We all know that feeling and it’s the same for everyone. I can never get enough of it. What’s more exciting is to experience that joy when others discover that feeling as well. For some it was easier than others, but we all got to experience that excitement on Friday.
The biggest triumph was that 8 individuals left their comfort zone to try something new. Anything is possible and we all face challenges. Some are more difficult to overcome than others but even the longest journey starts with a single step. I teach golf because I love the game and want to share that love with others. Anyone can play regardless of their limitations. We all have them.
We also all play for the same reason. Exercise, social interaction, the challenge, competition and simply the joy of one well struck shot. Golf is unique in that the rules allow anyone with or without a disability to compete on equal ground.
There are few other sports that I can think of where that’s possible. Thank you to Michigan PVA and to all of the individuals that came out to our clinic. It was a great day for all!!
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