Having a mentor is incredibly important if you’re thinking about improving your golf game and skills as a legally blind, fully blind, or visually impaired golfer. Your mentor not only has to be someone you trust, but also someone you get along with on and off the course, and preferably they are someone who actually has golfing skills and can help you improve your game.
So how do you find this perfect mentor for your game?
We have some tips:
Ask your friends for help.
Your friends are (hopefully) people that you already get along with, and so immediately these are people who could be a good partner at the range and on the course. Your friends also individuals who have had experience with your vision challenges, and can understand the unique nature of playing golf with you. And the opportunity to help improve your golf game can also benefit them, by helping them experience golf in a different way, and improving their own game by helping you improve yours.
Connect with our Regional Local Offices
Request a mentor meeting. Our Regional Local Offices are a great resource for anyone looking for help, or to connect with other legally blind or blind golfers in their area, and we also have a full volunteer list of sighted mentors and golfing professionals to help you improve your game. You can always connect with our Office via phone or email, or stop by our office, and we can set you up with a mentor meeting to meet someone who has been specially trained to act as your golfing partner on and off the course. In many instances, our mentors can meet you at your neighborhood course, or we offer transportation services as well, and group clinics and outings every week or month.
These are two of the most popular ways of finding a sighted mentor to help your golf game. If you have any others (such as a forum or another group you are involved in), we would love to hear from you.