Mind games: How lessons learned on the golf course can improve your life


Hannah from Cupar in Fife is part of Sport Scotland’s Young People’s Sport Panel.

Many sports lend themselves to comparison with the ups and down of life in general, but golf is a particularly fertile ground for this kind of parallel.

Long and short goals, hazards to be overcome, frustration and exhilaration, sociability and individuality, the value of practice – the list goes on and on.

And the problems that face all golfers out on the course offer a valuable educational resource to youngsters as they look towards the adult world.

One such is 17-year-old Hannah from Cupar in Fife – a short drive away from the Old Course at St Andrews. She comes from a golfing family and dabbled at an early age but it’s only in the last two years that she has taken the sport seriously, cutting her handicap from 26 to 12 at Ladybank Golf Club and learning some valuable lessons along the way.

Here, Hannah – who is a member of Sport Scotland’s Young People’s Sport Panel