Many parents would love to see their children hitting a golf ball and ones swinging a club for the first time, but getting children into golf can be more your wish than theirs. Start your child in golf the right way, and it will be game for life for both of you.
Children today are more excited by the video game release and social networking online website. When you take your kid to a golf course is something that you would love. In this article we will show how to introduce your child to golf.
1. It has to be fun.
Play games. Start with the ball six inches from the hole and have your child hit the ball in. They win a golf ball. Move it back until they miss. Or once they get better, two-putt from ten feet to earn the golf ball.
Play cooperative games. Both of you put a ball two feet away on opposite sides of the hole. Try to each hit the ball in the hole at the same time. Get down in two putts from ten feet, taking turns hitting the ball. If the child is young (under 8), always let them hit the ball in.
2. Children learn in their own way and in their own time.
Even if it looks like your child is just playing around and not paying attention, they are. Play is their way of learning. It’s their way of absorbing their surroundings and learning for themselves what there is to be done in golf.
They are too young to intellectualize learning as adults do. As long as your child likes going to the range with you, or going to the course with you, golf is getting in their brain, and at this point, that’s all that’s needed.
3. What’s important for a child learner is different than for an adult learner.
Children have underdeveloped bodies with little upper body strength. What an adult beginner would be taught might be beyond a child’s capabilities.
Their intellectual understanding of what golf is all about is different, too. You can have the greatest impact on a child’s introduction to golf by getting them lessons around age ten. A qualified teacher will know what a young child needs to work on first and what things can be saved until later.
4. This has to be the child’s project, not yours.
Very young children (5 and under) will go to the range because you do. As they get older, children start making their own decisions.
If they stop wanting to do golf, let it go. It might be forever, it might be for the time being. If they want to try it again, they’ll let you know. Forcing the game on a child is a way to make it unpleasant, even if they go along.
5. When you’re playing golf with your child, do not coach, do not critique their game. Just hit the ball and have fun.
Listen to some parents who comment after every shot, after everything a child does, right or wrong, especially wrong. Would you want someone to be harping on you incessantly like that? The only thing a child really needs help from you with is keeping up the pace of play.
They have to learn that they can’t dawdle on the course (and because it’s Your Child doesn’t mean the golfers behind you will just have to wait).
6 . Score
If they’re still learning how to just hit the ball, keeping score is pointless and discouraging. When you do start keeping score, count every stroke. There are no Es for effort in golf.
Golf is hard enough for children without rules getting in the way. Once children can play their way around the course, start introducing the rules, maybe one or two at most each time you go out. For example, a swing and a miss count as a stroke. Accidentally nudging the ball while they’re getting ready to hit is a no-no.