Impact

Playing with Perseverance

perseverance

to persist in an idea, purpose or task despite obstacles
To succeed in golf, players must continue through bad breaks and their own mistakes, while learning from past experiences.

Playing with perseverance is a lot like playing with self-determination. Whether or not a young person decides to keep going after experiencing a less than favorable outcome largely depends on how much they like the challenge of test, view failure as an opportunity to learn new things and make an effort to figure out things on their own. It is inevitable that players will have to deal with errant shots, mistakes and face challenge that feel like roadblocks. At The First Tee players learn to appreciate and accept these challenges as opportunities to try something new in pursuit of self-improvement and their goals.

APPLYING ON THE GOLF COURSE

Lost or out-of-bounds ball? If you don’t find your ball withing five minutes after you begin to search for it, then under a penalty of one stroke, you may play a ball as near as possible at the spot from which the ball was last played. Think about how playing with perseverance can help you in this situation.

APPLYING AT HOME

Parents: Ask your child to think about three ways they can show perseverance at school, home or playing other sports, then record when you seem them do it.

Responsibility: How Youth Can Apply it on the Course and at Home

Golf requires more than a good swing; it takes personal responsibility. Junior golfers must learn to be accountable for their own actions and be dependable. Each person to keep their own score, understand the rules, take care of their equipment, repair divots and rake bunkers. As youth progress through the program, they demonstrate even greater &he...

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