How I’m Stylishly Golfing Around

I’m getting reacquainted with the game of golf. I’ve decided that there’s no need to break the bank quite yet.  I can have stylish golf gear without spending a ton of money. That is, until my game levels up.

I started playing golf years ago when I was a second year associate at my law firm.  My friend Ginger Wilson was an amazing golfer.  She played competitive tennis from the time she was old enough to wield a racquet all the way through college.  Her arm strength made her a prime candidate for golf.  Ginger inspired me to want to learn the game.  What I didn’t know before I dove head first into all things golf, is that it’s A LOT harder than it looks.  So, after a few disastrous Saturdays on the links, I started lessons.

It’s All In The Grip

The most important thing in golf is your grip.  Your grip is the way you hold the club.  Who knew, right?  I started taking lessons from Ginger’s coach, Mr. Richardson.  I arrived at my first lesson ready to learn how to hit the ball. Imagine my surprise when Mr. Richardson told me that I wouldn’t hit the ball until lesson number 5.  I was disappointed and frustrated, but what’s a gal to do?  

Mr. Richardson’s approach was unique.  He believed that the foundation of a good golfer is in the fundamentals.  He made sure I had a proper set up and that I knew how to grip the club correctly. Then we spent time making movements which mimicked the proper golf swing without. (Think of the movie The Karate Kid, where Mr. Miyagi had Daniel execute a series of chores with specific motions that seemingly had nothing to do with karate, but in the end had everything to do with it).

The fundamentals Mr. Richardson taught me years ago are still with me today.  Since then, I’ve played golf off and on – more off than on – while on vacation, visiting friends, etc.  I’ve never been a great golfer, but I’ve always had a good understanding of the basics.  And those fundamental skills imprinted on me by Mr. Richardson mean that when I do pick up a club, my grip is correct and I have a 50-50 chance of hitting the ball. 

One Of The Best Golf Pros of The Century

Mr. Julius Richardson was born in 1921 and enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II; he learned to play golf while in the service. When the war ended, he entered and won a number of military tournaments, winning many of them.  When he was discharged, he wanted to play in the PGA.  However, because the PGA had a Caucasians-only clause in its constitution until 1961, Mr. Richardson was unable to join the PGA. Thankfully, for many of us this didn’t stop Mr. Richardson from teaching golf as a side-hustle.

When he retired in 1986, he moved to Chicago, Illinois, and began to give lessons there where Ginger and I met him.  Although he only coached for 20 years, Mr. Richardson was named the USGTF’s Teacher of the 20th Century. He also is a member of the USGTF Hall of Fame and the African-American Golfers Hall of Fame, and was part of the USGTF’s first Master Golf Teaching Professional class in 1995. He is also the first – and so far only – African-American to be named to Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers list.  To read more about Mr. Richardson’s approach to the game of golf, check out his book Better Golf: A Skill Building Approach.

Practice Makes Perfect

Rocking my Smiley Face Socks from Effie’s Paper here

So let’s fast-forward 20+ years.  My husband and I spend a good chunk of time in Miami.  People in Southern Florida play golf, especially men. After much deliberation, my husband decided to get serious about golf.  He found a coach and then convinced me I should start taking lessons too.  I started taking lessons last Fall, but didn’t really get serious about taking my golf skills to the next level until March of this year.

Golf is not for the faint of heart.  It’s hard. It’s expensive. And, it can be extremely frustrating.  Bob Tracey, our golf coach, also believes your golf game comes down to the grip.  Every week he fine tunes my grip and each week my abilities improve a tad bit.  The lessons help, but practicing daily is really what’s making all the difference.  Going to the driving range 4 or 5 times a week is what is helping to improve my golf game.

A round up stylish golf outfits can be found on my LikeToKnowIt feed.

Stylish Golf Gear

Golf is no longer just for men and as a result, there’s a lot of stylish golf gear for women now.  But, before I invest in a top of the line golf wardrobe, I need to be playing at a consistent level.  Initially, I was just wearing my normal workout skirts and tops to golf in.  However, there is a reason golf clothes were created.  A lot of the golf gear on the market has SPF in it which is important in Miami where the UVA rays can be dangerous.  In addition, while some of my workout clothes are made out of wicking material, I’ve learned that wicking material is essential for golf in Florida.  

This what I was practicing in before I started investing in stylish golf gear.

I’ve been shopping at stores like Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, Ross and Target for my golf gear and they have not disappointed.  Yes, I’m obsessed with GFore – one of the hippest golf brands out there – but, I’m not playing at a GFore level yet.  So in the meantime, I’m keeping it cheap and cheerful and am sharing my inexpensive golf finds with you here and in my LikeToKnowIt shop.

Stylish Golf Towels

The golf towels have entered the chat! I wanted a golf towel that would let me express my personality. I couldn’t find a stylish golf towel, so I created some that I hope you’ll love as much as I do!

See you on the links!

Stylishly Yours,

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Monogram Golf Towel
$30
Skechers Women’s Go Pivot Spikeless Golf Shoe
$85
Poseiden Alpine Top And Skort Collection
$24.99
Pleated Skort With Inner Short Upf 50
$16.99
Nike Standard Golf Cap
$29.95
Women’s Pleated Active Dress – All In Motion
$35
Smiley Face Socks
$18
Monogram Golf Towel
$30
Skechers Women’s Go Pivot Spikeless Golf Shoe
$85
Poseiden Alpine Top And Skort Collection
$24.99
Pleated Skort With Inner Short Upf 50
$16.99
Nike Standard Golf Cap
$29.95
Women’s Pleated Active Dress – All In Motion
$35
Smiley Face Socks
$18

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