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August 4, 2016

For decades golf is declared to be “the hardest sport on the planet” and a lot of people skipped it simply because of that saying. Other lot tried to play once on a golf range and gave up because they couldn’t hit the ball easily. It is true that golf is not a sport that you can pick up and enjoy playing in a few hours or days, but on the other hand it is not as hard as it looks at first glance. I am a normal person who has played various sports (football, basketball, tennis, swimming, badminton, skiing, pool, bowling to name a few… and of course golf) in my life but like most people I’m not at professional level in any of them, yet it took me less than 2 years to really enjoy playing golf on the 18 hole course. Believe me – if I can do that most people can. And the more I play golf the more addicted I become to the sport:

* It is probably the only commonly played sport (I am not talking about those extreme sports like hill-climbing, diving or yachting for example) that you’re truly only against yourself out there. If you prefer you can completely ignore your golf buddy and only focus on yourself, in fact I prefer playing by myself from time to time so that I can focus on improving my skills.

* It is a sport that can be played by all genders within the widest possible age gap. Take a look at a professional golf game you’ll be amazed how much age difference it is between the oldest and youngest player on the field, and the different size/shape the players are! Yet they all have a fair chance to win the game. – This isn’t common at all in other athletic sports whereas certain size and shape are in advantage and normally younger people are in their prime.

* But that doesn’t mean golf is not a physically challenging game. On the contrary it is in fact a sport that can exercise your whole body – start from driving the ball at tee off, as your ball becomes nearer and nearer (hopefully) to the hole, you choose shorter golf clubs as you move along and change your body gesture and swing accordingly.. by the time your ball is inside the hole I bet you’ve exercised most of your body’s muscles. It is simply the best exercise you can do for a very long period of your life.

* It is also a mentally challenging game that requires extreme perseverance and consistency. Through the 18 holes’ play it teaches you a real-life lesson that bad things can happen at any time, that if that happens the best way to handle the bad is to forget about it quickly and concentrate on what’s happening next, and eventually if you’re brave enough to hold on until the end any miracle can happen at the last minute and you’ll be rewarded handsomely.

If you are itchy to pick up the hobby of your life time but have been put off by the seemingly steep learning curve, my book is here to help you get pass that painful process as quickly as possible (with my personal experience of picking up the game with zero experience – as a normal human-being :P). I hope we can achieve that in 8 weeks’ time together and let’s see if that’ll work out for you!

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