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Lessons learned on a golf course

PGA of America
PGA of America

Series: Youth Golf

Published: Saturday, January 11, 2014 | 2:08 p.m.

“Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

It’s a mantra for golf and life: you have to be truly involved in anything to experience the most meaningful learning possible. On the golf course, you’ll remember great shots, not-so-great shots, funny times, and most importantly, life lessons. 

Maybe a valuable lesson occurs during a tournament, when you inadvertently break one of the Rules of Golf.  Or maybe it occurs during a friendly match, where a breach of etiquette sparks a lifelong learning moment.

Or perhaps you accidentally record the wrong score on your scorecard? Believe me, it happens, even to the pros!

This kind of learning can be valuable, if the experience offers real-life education in that you should always strive to avoid making the same mistake twice. 

Golfers pride themselves in playing with integrity. It’s instilled in the fabric of the game. That’s why we call penalties on ourselves. It demonstrates sportsmanship and honesty, and a commitment to playing by the Rules.

And that’s why an education on the golf course is an education for life!