4 Life Lessons That Youth Can Learn From Golf
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Matt Hayden (@MattHayden_) former PCA employee primarily worked in baseball prior to his time at PCA. While earning his degree in Sport Management at Kennesaw State University, he was a member of the Atlanta Braves promotion team. Upon graduation he took an internship with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. He also worked in the sales and marketing departments for Minor League Baseball's Lakewood BlueClaws and the Kane County Cougars.
Hayden talks about the many lessons that can be taught through golf. The first is integrity - golfers keep their own scores and trust that other players play with integrity. There are no referees to call fouls or monitor the golfers, so young players must learn the values of being honest and playing with honor. Golf is also a very strategic game when it comes to what club and type of shot should be used in which situation. This helps teach young golfers problem solving skills, especially when it comes to playing from a difficult location.
The last lesson Hayden mentions is the growth mindset. In golf, players are mostly playing against themselves in previous rounds or even previous holes. Success is mostly measured by improvement for younger players. This teaches golfers to focus on improvement in everything they do. Golf is a great sport for young athletes to play because of the many life lessons that are woven into the game.