Why inspire Golf: My story
By Jon Levy, Founder
Why is golf so frigging tough.
No, no question mark missing – there’s just no answer so why leave it hanging?
I’ve played the game now for 32 years. And at 37-years-old, I feel lucky to have a career in the sport.
Guess you could say I’m the consummate lover of the game. Played competitively since I was 12 – throughout high school, on my college team, and then professionally full-time for five years after.
If memory serves it was somewhere between a random missed mini-tour cut, a long, middle-of-nowhere drive or mental breakdown of “What the hell am I doing this for?” that I realized this game I love isn’t meant for me in a competitive manner.
Don’t get me wrong, I still love teeing it up in tournaments and feeling those nerves – nothing compares to it – I just couldn’t hack it on a consistent basis. The game drove me nuts.
So, at 26, I packed up my already mobile life and moved to Arizona with the idea of teaching this game that’s pigeonholed me in a love/hate relationship for so many years.
Reinvigorated and eager, I jumped at the opportunity to coach the Scottsdale Community College Men’s Golf program – one of, if not the, preeminent programs in junior college golf. Nine national championships to the school’s credit spoke volumes as to how serious this juco was about its golf.
To this day, those times at SCC are still my favorite. Forget the $4,000 salary and multiple jobs I worked to pay the bills – those four years were my golden years, capped by a national championship of my own and being named the NJCAA National Coach of the Year in 2007.
But it had to come to an end. Only imminent was it that at some point I’d have to find a more singular way to make a living.
Fast-forward another six years – having worked for a mini tour, the Golf Channel and as the Assistant Golf Coach at the University of Colorado since – that I’m back into a position coaching my own program again, so to speak, in the game I love so much.
I formed inspire Golf with the goal of making better sense of this hugely challenging and complicated game – without trying to perfect impractical technique that takes 10,000 hours to accomplish.
That’s right, shouldn’t there be an easier way to become a better golfer without putting in a full-time job’s worth of practice to see results? Shouldn’t you feel good when you play? Isn’t that the point of this game in the first place?
Through just a little (OK, a lot) better understanding of the ‘what’ and ‘why’ aspects of golf, the ‘how’ becomes a lot easier.
Look at it this way: If you can figure out what you, specifically, are doing on the golf course that ails you – forget only focusing on the technique of your swing – then you can figure out why you may not be maximizing your scoring potential and can then easily, and quickly, discern how to improve.
Translation: Are you really aware of how you shot 89 when you feel like you should have shot 79? Or 69?
Even if you kept your stats and see you only hit six greens in regulation, had 38 putts and a tendency to pull-hook the ball all day, do you know why? Do you know how to fix it under on-course pressure?
Did you also notice that one hole that always gets you got you again? Or that, even though you told yourself to slow down after you made the triple, that you couldn’t quite get the feeling back until the last hole? Why is it always the last damn hole when things click?
Listen, there’s no secret sauce or miracle cure. Unlike a lot of the latest teaching fads or training aids you constantly see advertised, there are just some cold, hard facts in the game of golf that – if understood better – can make any player of any ability or level, a better golfer.
That’s where inspire Golf comes in. We’re able to pass on this knowledge and create some of that enjoyment the game is meant to give.
‘Why is golf so frigging tough.’
While this may truly be a statement and not a question, just some better understanding of the game can ease that difficulty, and, finally, leave us feeling good playing the game of golf.