This blog is for anyone and everyone. Talk about your experiences in golf. The great, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I want this to be for the entire golfing community.
I'll start it off. Listen, golf is my life. I'm sure there are plenty out there that have found at least a small obsession with the game. Golf may not be for everyone, however everyone it is for, develops a small addiction to the game. The addiction to getting better, shaving strokes, searching for our best rounds, perfect shots, and more.
I started playing golf when I was 15 years old after playing ice hockey professionally was out of the picture due to height constraints. I wasn't supposed to reach 5'8" tall, but I grew 4.5 inches my freshman year of college and am now 6' tall and the average size of an NHL'er. The US Open was hosted at my, now, home course in Bethpage Black. I was with my dad and some family friends, walking around, in search of someone to follow. I kept hearing the name Tiger Woods, so I watched him for a few holes. An hour later, I picked up a golf club and headed to the driving range. I fell in love with the game and haven't looked back. With the never-ending support of my parents, I went away to a golf academy in Hilton Head Island, SC my junior and senior year of high school. I then went on to visit multiple colleges, in search for a scholarship, but landed at Coastal Carolina University, just minutes outside of Myrtle Beach. Being a Division I school, my skills and scores were below their standards, however I found an interest in their Professional Golf Management Program. What a blessing this was! I got to study the game of golf, obtain a Bachelor's in Business Management, as well as compete and play almost as much as I wanted when I wasn't studying. I turned professional in 2011, becoming a Class A Member of the PGA, and have been competing on the professional level since then. I now teach on the side of competing, and my passion for helping others with their game has reached level of my passion for competition. I am now certified by the PGA in Teaching and Coaching and continue to pursue my playing goals at the same time.
On the professional side of competition, it gets very hectic and I urge you to read this article that was published a few years ago (CLICK HERE). There are so many things you have to deal with outside of just simply playing golf that most people don't understand. Don't get me wrong, the life of playing golf in different states and all over the place is nothing to cry over. It's a blessing and should be viewed as such 100% of the time if you have the opportunity to chase it. However, the expenses, the long road trips on your own, search for sponsors, and so on gets in the way of most professional golfers playing the mini pro golf tour circuits. Like anything in life, it takes work - A LOT OF WORK! And you have to be willing to work harder than your competition and do things most aren't willing to do.
I absolutely love working hard, it drives me in life and gets me up in the morning; even when I don't feel like it. Anything that is easy really isn't for me because it doesn't feel as good as an accomplishment that's harder to work for. I realize this isn't the case with some people; this is one of the reasons I love teaching and coaching. I like changing people's attitudes about the game of golf, and perhaps improving someone's attitude toward life. I'm an optimist, a dreamer, a "Half-Full" guy. Giving off that energy in my instruction and conversations has helped me maintain a steady clientele, and even form some lasting friendships through my instruction.
In golf, as in life, it's easy to be negative, it's easy to give up, and it's easy to not believe in something. Shortcuts on the road to improvement don't exist, and if you find one, odds are they're not lasting changes or ones that will have long term effects - that's why they're called quick fixes or shortcuts. If you're reading this, I urge you to challenge yourself; take this on with 100% of your effort and see what you really got. If you feel you gave 100%, and still didn't improve, or get to where you want to be, can you really consider it a failure? NO! Failing is found in not trying, and not trying hard!
I am so excited to be launching my new website design (all created myself). So please take advantage of the content, and the fact you have a caring professional by your side. Hit 'em straight...and if not, at least hit 'em long! Cheers.
MICHAEL MIDGETTE, PGA