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The Greatest Game Ever Played

Golf is the Greatest Game of AllGolf is a Life-Long Journey

Many throughout centuries have revered the game of golf and called it the greatest game. I too believe it is the greatest. Golf has so many rewards to offer, but yet will test your character through and through. It has often been called "the game of a lifetime" or "a game for the ages".

It is truly one that any age can play and play for life. It is also one that brings generations together allowing children, parents and grandparents to spend quality time with one another. It is a game that provides so much humor, yet so much frustration at the same time. So you want to get started in golf? has all the tools to help you ease into the most challenging yet rewarding game of your life. Let me first share with you a poem that is posted on the wall in the bathroom where I teach.


In My Hand I Hold A Ball,
White And Dimpled, And Rather Small.
Oh, How Bland It Does Appear,
This Harmless Looking Little Sphere.

By Its Size I Could Not Guess
The Awesome Strength It Does Possess.
But Since I Fell Beneath Its Spell,
I've Wandered Through The Fires Of Hell.

My Life Has Not Been Quite The Same

Since I Chose To Play This Stupid Game.
It Rules My Mind For Hours On End;
A Fortune It Has Made Me Spend.

It Has Made Me Curse And Made Me Cry,
And Hate Myself And Want To Die.
It Promises Me A Thing Called Par,
If I Hit It Straight And Far.

To Master Such A Tiny Ball,
Should Not Be Very Hard At All.
But My Desires The Ball Refuses,
And Does Exactly As It Chooses.

It Hooks And Slices, Dribbles And Dies, And Disappears Before My Eyes.
Often It Will Have A Whim,
To Hit A Tree Or Take A Swim.

With Miles Of Grass On Which To Land,
It Finds A Tiny Patch Of Sand.
Then Has Me Offering Up My Soul,
If Only It Would Find The Hole.

It's Made Me Whimper Like A Pup,
And Swear That I Will Give It Up.
And Take To Drink To Ease My Sorrow,
But The Ball Knows ... I'll Be Back Tomorrow.

This makes me laugh every time I read it because it is oh so true! When students come to the lesson tee frustrated, I often remember a scene from the movie The Doctor where William Hurt tells a patient who tried to kill himself by jumping out a window "If you want to hurt yourself, try golf." It can be so frustrating and difficult at times. I believe the reasons for this are two-fold:

1) Golfers expect too much of themselves and make unrealistic comparisons.

2) Golfers don't have or understand the information they need to be successful, especially beginners.

Golf is a Life Long Journey or Learning

I tell my students to think of golf more like a martial art...a life long journey of learning and working towards mastery. Nothing comes quickly in golf. That is the first thing you need to know. Be patient, very patient. Set short term easy to reach goals and you will see success and have a positive reaction to every phase of the learning process.

The tools for getting started are actually quite simple. Before you go on a course you will need:

  • Equipment
  • A rules book
  • A knowledge of golf etiquette
  • Lessons from and possibly some hands on lessons
  • Time spent watching and observing professional golfers
  • Practice at the range and putting green

After all of the above you will surely be ready to go on a golf course and attempt to play. I recommend starting small like a par 3 course and working your way up to a full length course. Be sure to set goals and stick to them. Be realistic and be patient. I have all the tool right here that you will need.

Maria Palozola

Maria Palozola is a member of the LPGA and has participated in multiple LPGA Tour events. She has provided instruction to thousands of students in the past 20+ years and has won multiple teaching awards from the LPGA, Golf Digest, and Golf Magazine including being ranked as one of the top 50 female instructors in the world.

Who is Maria Palozola?
- Top 50 LPGA Instructors in the World
- A Golf Digest Top 10 Teacher in Illinois
- A Golf Magazine Top Teacher in the Midwest
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