Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Playing Faster is Easier Than Playing Slower

Well, I learned a lot yesterday playing in the charity tournament with John and our friends. Because of the charity scramble/best ball format--and because there were 160 golfers to play 18 hours --we had to move fast. And speed helped my game!

I discovered that my nerves had to give way to speed. While I began nervous--"Oh God--they are going to see me swing." But I did not want us to be the foursome that kept everyone waiting so I learned to play "ready golf". Get out, set up, swing, take what you get and get going.

And it helped. I kept moving. I watched the better players. Riding in the cart was kinda fun. (I never use a cart on my own--I pretend to be a purist but I really love the fast walking between holes.) But in a cart we got a breeze and that helped too.

And because it was "best ball" I knew I couldn't hurt the team. The others were good golfers--and very gracious gofers--so I paid attention and listened to a few gentle, indirect comments and make a few adjustments as I could. And I laughed a lot.

I think I could do this again.

PS. The black and white plus cream--with silk belt --really worked well. No prizes for ensemble but it didn't hurt my game to know I looked good.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Tournament Ready

Tomorrow John and I are playing together in a charity golf tournament. I'm nervous because we are playing with another couple and they, like John, are very good golfers. They are also our friends so they know the deal--that I talk better than I play. But still...

...and so I am preparing.

Now you might think that preparation would involve practice, but you would be wrong. John has gone to the driving range to warm up and try out his new rescue club but my method of preparation is more about attire. What to wear?

It will be 80 degrees and sunny but a light breeze. Because its a charity scramble we'll be in the course maybe five or six hours. That is a lot of wilt! And then there is the dinner afterward and the social part of the day. So hair is a factor too. Hat hair at dinner? What's a woman (of a certain age) to do?

I'm going with a visor--I have a Pittsburgh Pirates visor from our last visit to my hometown and I'll pair that with black shorts, white shirt, black and gold scarf belt.

I know, I know...I'm not going to win longest drive and I won't add much to our foursome's chances at low net but if there was an acknowledgment for best coordinated outfit? Well, I'd have a chance. And you know what they say--never up, never in--style!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Women of a Certain Age and Clothes

Oh come on! We can't talk about women and golf and not talk about clothes. Not just golf clothes tho that is fun too. a survey:

Skirt? Shorts? Golf dress?
Answer: yes--have you seen golf dresses. They are cute and look comfortable. But I hesitate because as a less experienced golfer I think you need a high skill level to indulge in "special" golf attire. I mean, you don't want someone to think you care more about how you look than how you play. But then, I can do more about how I look than how I play:)

But the bigger clothing conversation is the talking  about clothes while women play golf: new stores, comfortable but chic shoes, big sales, favorite online strategies. (I just learned that Brooks Brothers makes online shopping so easy--and they have Petites.)

Yeah, that's what I talk about --in my head--during golf.

But we decided that this was a blog about golf for women of a "certain age" as the French say. We'll say that is over 45. There are many things to talk about that fall into the category of an over-45 -year old woman's life. One of my very favorite new resources is the blog, "Une Femme Certain Age". The link is below and this is so fun and full  of info and photos, and photos of real women over 50 (and 60) who still care about how they look. Not sure if they play golf but they do score.

Take a look. Here is the link: