One of my goals for this semester is to keep up with events going down on campus an try to make it out to as many as I can. Especially if they are free! So even though I didn’t know the first thing about golfing or how to hit a ball, I set out to test my aim at the Tee Off With the President event in the Varsity Dome last week.
So, did I really get to meet David Naylor, the President of U of T? Yes, I did! We chatted for a few minutes as he watched my (not-so-great) swing and offered some helpful tips. He made it look effortless, but I found it to be really challenging! I had to think about positioning my hands and my feet properly, and twisting the right way, and then actually hitting the ball… but I’m happy to report that I did manage to get it in the air a few times. Hitting it straight… well, that might take a while. If there’s one thing I learned about golf during this experience, it’s that it must take a lot of practice to get good at it!
Even though my arm was a little sore by the time my half an hour was up, I’m glad I went out to this despite having almost zero golf experience. Members of the Varsity golf team happily offered me some much-need pointers, and I could tell that the other students, regardless of skill level, were enjoying themselves too. U of T hosts a lot of events, but this was one of the coolest opportunities I have encountered yet. I mean, how many university students can say they went golfing with their President?
If you missed the chance to try out your own golf skills last week, that’s ok! All full-time, part-time and graduate students* have FREE access to the driving range in the Varsity dome using their T-card. There’s drop-in golf offered every weekday, and you can even print out a handy schedule.
On a side note… this marks week three of my tennis lessons! And so far, so good! I’m having a lot of fun and I think my hand-eye coordination is getting better. We’ve been moving slowly and covering the basics, like practicing controlling the ball, keeping a rally going, forehand and backhand swings… Oh, and just yesterday we worked on nailing those serves! Unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to practice yet in between lessons. In the meantime, I’ve have been trying to wrap my head around the rules and the score keeping. But hey, at least I know what love means now!
* See this link for full details.