With the next edition of Women & Golf ready to hit the shelves any minute now, here’s a sneak preview of what you can expect from columnist Naga Munchetty this month. Our 8 handicap columnist, never shies away from a challenge, and whilst her most recent has been her toughest yet, it has made her realise that we rely on the support of our golfing tribes a lot more than we may realise.
My butt has today been well and truly kicked (lost 5&3) in a singles match against Sir Clive Woodward. It was our first golf game since we began the Team Naga v Team Clive challenge - and even though my team is lagging behind at the moment, I thought I could bring some pride by beating Clive on the course. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be today. My game wasn’t quite there, although I was pretty steady - he was just better (yes, you are right to imagine me writing this with gritted teeth!).
I’m not being overly-dramatic by saying that I’m smarting, or rather that my butt is, because I’m also recovering from a 275 mile London to Paris bike ride. It was the toughest thing I have ever done. I’m very pleased that I did do it and that’s largely because, after 5 miles in on day one, I honestly didn’t think that I would finish. I hadn’t put enough road-cycling training in, even though I was fit enough. It meant that the hill-climbs shocked and battered me. Luckily for me, I was amongst a group of cyclists who were kind, supportive and encouraging, and their refusal to leave me behind ensured that I rode into Paris with them all and enjoyed the well-deserved celebrations. There are more challenges to come, but I certainly have made friends that I will never forget and also have been taught a valuable lesson about support networks...
Team Clive and Team Naga are constantly watching out for each other, be it through Hive Learning (the system we are sharing our tips and lessons on) or through What’s App (arranging games, helping with golfing issues or simply ribbing each other about lost or won matches).
Either way, we are looking out for each other. Without that, I think it would be really tough to try to progress...
I accept that our golf tribes may not be full of people you would choose to spend your time with always, but they are the ones who understand what golf means to golfers. It’s a way of life, an escape or a chance to be better at something that only you can control.
The tribe is family - better or for worse.
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This is just a snippet of Naga's full article in the latest issue of Women & Golf magazine. You can pick up Women & Golf, on sale from Friday 15th June, or click here to subscribe now to read the full feature and enjoy W&G delivered to your door!