Justine, a recent love.golf recruit, is and always has been a sports enthusiast from a very young age. Introduced to golf this year, Justine shares how she, somewhat unexpectedly, caught the golf bug and fell in love with the game.
Justine grew up playing a vast amount of sport at school, with a particular interest in netball, basketball, and football, for which she represented Ipswich Town Ladies Football Club for numerous years. Justine suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament injury whilst playing which required surgery, and consequently had an impact on her footballing capability. With a reconstructed knee, Justine retired from football and fell in love with CrossFit and weightlifting as a means of keeping fit.
A few months on, Justine’s mum, Sally, took interest in a nearby love.golf open day but did not have the confidence to attend the taster session on her own. With this in mind, Justine offered to partner her mum for the first love.golf session to keep her company and from then on, never turned back.
Justine enjoyed the initial love.golf experience so much, that Sally ended up gifting a 6-week project for her birthday present. “I love being in the outdoors, and love.golf provided an enjoyable outdoor environment whilst allowing me to spend quality time with my mum. It was the perfect birthday present”, Justine commented.
But how did the love.golf experience change Justine’s pre-conceptions of golf? Prior to the open day, Justine perceived golf to be “intimidating”, “time-consuming” and “a game for the stuffy older-aged male”, which is why after 15-years of trying, Justine’s dad had still not managed to get her on the golf course.
“For me, love.golf breaks down the intimidation barriers women face. Access to coaching and equipment is great, and the transition to the golf course is very easy with love.golf. I felt comfortable from the outset.” Justine was particularly fond of the love.golf approach to learning, adding: “I really liked how it was not information overload. This created the most effective learning environment, which I had not previously experienced when trying other sports.”
Upon completion of her first 6-week love.golf coaching project, Justine has since signed up for a second 6-week project with her mum.
“So what would my advice be to others considering taking up love.golf? You have nothing to lose. Be open-minded and give it a go. The love.golf coaching support and social environment offered is invaluable.”
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