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IRGF Golfers: Mission, Vision, and Perseverance

Through the efforts of our year-round programs here at the Indian River Golf Foundation, such as high school training and collegiate, professional, and community participation in IRGF, we aim always to bring new players to the game and help to develop them based on their potential needs while also teaching life and leadership skills. Every player at the IRGF becomes a part of our mission and vision for our foundation.

The IRGF Mission

Here at the Indian River Golf Foundation, we foster learning and excellence in player development for golfers of all ages. Whether you’re a beginner or a skilled player, we can teach new techniques, skills, and lessons to expand your knowledge of the game. The Indian River Golf Foundation creates expanded opportunities to participate in golf, build character, honor the game’s traditions, and recognize those who have demonstrated high performance levels and outstanding contributions to the wonderful game of golf.

The IRGF Vision

Our vision is to bring new players to the game and enhance long-time golfers’ pleasure regardless of skill by creating a safe, affordable, and enriching golf experience. Our foundation will provide consistent and dependable leadership to all. We will also coordinate community support for the advancement of golf in Indian River County and areas beyond.

Perseverance In Golf

Having perseverance in the game of golf is essential to being a great player. To succeed in the sport, golfers must push through their mistakes while learning and growing from them. Here at IRGF, we believe that part of having perseverance is learning through being able to cope with frustration while playing, always trying to improve your game, and never giving up.

Coping With Game Frustration

All golfers have experienced frustration at one point during their golf careers. While the sport of golf can be complex at times, adding in nerves, fears and frustration can make it even more complex than it needs to be. The best way to learn how to cope is to push through the feelings and persevere through the doubts. Some ways that you can practice this is to:

  • Put your game into perspective
  • Aim to be positive throughout the game/practice
  • Pay close attention to your thoughts
  • Try to focus on the facts of the game

“Golf is about how well you accept, respond to, and score with your misses much more so than it is a game of your perfect shots.”

Dr. Bob Rotella

Improving Your Game

By constantly evaluating your golf game, golfers can learn from their mistakes and losses. Playing golf isn’t always about simply winning but about becoming a better and more knowledgeable player. Are you wondering why you always seem to be making the same mistakes even after practicing a few times? This is where perseverance comes into play. If you’re wondering why you keep missing critical shots, for instance, look at how often you’re practicing this situation. You should always keep going, persevering through the rough games, and maintaining a positive mindset to become a greater IRGF player.

“The most important shot in golf is the next one.”

Ben Hogan

Never Giving Up

At the beginning of learning how to play, you may get discouraged easily. However, if you’re interested in sticking with the sport, your future self will thank you for persevering through the rough points and growing despite them. No matter how bad the game may be going, golfers should always be resilient. Staying strong and flexible are habits that we teach our golfers at IRGF to have.

“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening – and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.”

Arnold Palmer

Join Us At The Indian River Golf Foundation

If you’re interested in joining our foundation in Indian River County, please contact Roger Van Dyke, the Founder and President of IRGF, via email at [email protected] or by phone at (772) 713-9593. We offer several different training options, such as player development and after school training. We also provide education for all players, which includes our virtual golf academy. We’d love to have you!

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