Beth Daniel is an American professional golfer who joined the LPGA Tour in 1979 and won 33 events, including one major championship. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and won the U.S. Women's Amateur in 1975 and 1977. She was also named LPGA Tour Player of the Year in 1980 and the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year in 1990. She has played on eight U.S. Solheim Cup teams and was captain of the 2009 team. She also awards the best junior female golfer in South Carolina with the Beth Daniel Award.
Let her enjoy it and give her opportunities, but don't push her too hard. Transcript: "The best advice I can give parents of a young female golfer is to let her enjoy it, let her have fun. Don't push her too hard because she's going to back away from that. And just give her the opportunities. Especially if she asks for them, make sure that she has all the opportunities she can, but don't push her into those opportunities."
Golf is like a roller coaster and I had my ups and downs during my 29 year tour. Transcript: "Even though I was on tour for 29 years, I really wasn't at the top of my game for all 29 years. I definitely had my ups and downs and that's kind of the game of golf. It's like a roller coaster, and you just have to ebb and flow with those and go with it and hope that you come out on top on the other end. But I would never expect for golf to be just very stable and at the top all the time. That just does not happen."
Golf is an individual game, so when playing with a partner, it's best to focus on playing your own game and playing in to your strengths and away from your weaknesses. That is the best way to help the team. Transcript: "Hey, Keith. Thanks for your question about playing with a partner. Golf is very different from other sports, because golf is so individualized, even when you're playing with a partner. There's not much you can do to help that other person's game, except give them kind of moral support. So when I played in team events, I always just try to play my own game. I played into my own strengths. I played away from my weaknesses. I That was the best way I could help. The team team sports are a lot of fun, but they also are pressure because you added another person that you're playing for but as long as you're doing the best that you can do and plan your game. That's all you can do to help the team. So I hope that helps answer your question."
It's difficult to answer this question due to individual differences, but one way I used to try and stay motivated was by using my anger to motivate myself for the rest of the round. Additionally, I would tell myself that after the round, I would analyze my game and figure out why I had bad shots and how I could improve in the future. Transcript: "Greg, thanks for the question. But you've just pinpointed the hardest thing to do in golf. This is a tough tough question and really hard to answer because it depends upon the individual. I had a bit of a temper. So I would use my anger to motivate myself to continue the rest of the round. I would tell myself. Well, you know, you hit a poor shot there or you had a Bad whole. Now, we have to go get it back and you know, one of the stats and golf that's really interesting is if you look at a player after they've had a poor whole, what do they do on the next hole? And that will tell you if they're using their energy in the right direction. So, another thing that I did is that I always told myself that after the round, I was going to analyze my game. So that included, the poor shots. And why did I hit those? Or shots and then how can I make myself better in the future? This is a tough tough thing to do, but ultimately in golf to be the best player that you can be, you have to be able to let all of that go and motivate yourself to continue the round."
Mixed doubles in golf used to have a tournament from the 70s to 90s and it was a lot of fun. There is some talk that the tournament may come back, which would be great for both men and women. Transcript: "Hey Brett. Thanks for your question about mixed doubles in golf. We used to have a tournament that started in the 70s and went through the 90s where we did play with the guys and these two trophies that look, like, kites above my head, or two of the trophies that I won. I want it three times during the time span that I played the first time with Tom Kite and the next two times. I wanted, I want, Matt Davis. The third. So I had pretty good partners which helps, but we played a format where two days? We play best ball and two days. We played a modified alternate shot. It was the most fun tournament. It was my favorite Tournament of the year just because I got to hang out with the guys and and I felt like I learned so much from there is some talk that maybe a tournament like, that will come back to the tour. I sure. Hope it Does because I think it would be great for the men and the women?"
Golf should be taught with an emphasis on the basics like grip, posture, and stance, but also considering individual style. Everyone's body is different and can give them different approaches to a golf swing. Transcript: "Hey Brad, thanks for your question about whether golf is taught technique versus individual style. These are tough questions. And I think each teacher kind of thinks differently about this. My feeling is that you should keep a person's individual style. But also teach the technique, the basic techniques like grip, posture stance setup. That's all very, very important. And it doesn't matter how long you been playing golf. You're always going to go back and check those things because you'll find that a lot of your problems come from the basics of the golf swing and it's very, very important. But then I don't think a teacher should teach cookie cutter and everyone the same way. I think that individual style is important and actually everyone's bodies are differently different. So, you know you end up That's why swings look different because I may be more flexible than the next person. I might be able to do something that someone else might not be able to do in their golf swing. So it's tough, but I think you have to look at both technique and individual style when you're teaching golf."