Women & Golf columnist and BBC news presenter Naga Munchetty may have taken golf too seriously in the past, but in her latest article she explains why that is no longer the case.

Have I told you that I am a changed woman? Well, I’m a changed golfer at least and let me tell you why I believe this.

Recently, I played one of the worst medal rounds I can remember. All anyone in our three-ball had to do was beat a nett 81 to win the competition.

One of us managed to get a nett 81... it wasn’t me. I’m too embarrassed to tell you what I did shoot, but let’s just say that even as 100 gross seemed a possibility, it didn’t happen. I couldn’t help but smile and I was even cracking jokes!

I was playing with two lovely, smart and funny women and when we got into the clubhouse and poured a much-needed glass of wine to go with an also much-needed large plate of cheesy chips, we could laugh about how bad the golf had been and carry on smiling.

A year ago I would have been scowling and grumbling about how rubbish a player I am. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing that I now simply accept when I am playing like a total numpty, but maybe a phrase I have uttered many a time is finally sinking in: “It will come.”

Now that the sun is beginning to come out of hibernation and that soon I will have more time to play, I am sure that the golf will improve. Until then, there is a very patient “changed” me who will simply roll with the duff shots and missed putts. Ho hum. Is this a sign that I’m maturing? That would be worrying ...

The above is an extract from Naga's column in the latest issue of Women & Golf magazine, on sale now. Never miss an issue click here to subscribe and enjoy W&G delivered to your door.

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