It seems crazy that since my last blog when I mentioned a golf lesson, I've only played once, so that's almost a month ago. Shocking - this won't help any improvement this year! As you can see, it's a myth that those who work in the golf industry play golf all the time - well, some do! I'm not sure when I will play next as today I'm off to Ibiza for a week - no golf, just plenty of much needed R&R!
I have just signed off the latest issue of Women & Golf and this is accompanied by a free magazine - The Solheim Cup with PING - so don't miss it! It has also been a busy few weeks for the pros. I headed to Royal Portrush for a couple of days during the men's Open week. This was my first visit to this fabulous venue, but as I was attending meetings, along with an R&A women's forum, I didn't get to walk any of the course, so I was pleased to get back home and have half an eye on the TV to see what the players were up against. The coastline is stunning - and I also wish that I'd had time to visit the Giant's Causeway.
Closer to home was the recent AIG Women's British Open at Woburn and like so many golf fans, when eventual champion, Hinako Shibuno smiled, you couldn't help but smile back! She is a breath of fresh air for women's golf. Other than when taking a shot, an infectious smile rarely left her face and she embraced and delighted the crowds with plenty of high-fives at every opportunity.
Over recent years, players in the East have dominated leaderboards, but as youngsters, particularly the Koreans, they are encouraged to keep their emotions in check, so other than playing fantastic golf, their on-course personalities do little to bring the game alive. It’s nothing personal, but for those non-golfers in the UK looking in, you can’t blame them for perhaps thinking the game is a little dull.
Shibuno helped change that perception by playing golf to the highest level, whilst still allowing her personality to shine through. She epitomises the fun side of the sport, and this is an important message when we’re faced with the challenge of driving female participation.
All I know is that the next time I play, whether my game is good or bad, I'm not going to worry about my score, my handicap, or anything else, but instead I'm going to take the Shibuno approach and smile my way around 18 holes and just have FUN!