Did you know that golf is one of the fastest growing youth sports in the world? It is one of the few sports that you can play competitively throughout your life, regardless of your skill level or your age. Not only will sport encourage you to spend more time in the great outdoors, it will teach you important life lessons such as etiquette, patience, and the benefits of hard work. It is therefore not surprising that more and more parents are encouraging their children to play golf.
Additionally, with more clubs offering memberships and junior lessons to teach teens to play, the sport is also becoming more inclusive. In fact, in England and Wales, the Golf Foundation has offered a nationally structured educational program for children 6 to 12 years old known as Junior Golf Passport. Under the guidance of a PGA professional, this program is designed to help transform novice golfers into young golfers ready to play regularly or become members of a golf club.
We all know the best way to learn is to be practical – talk less and do more. As you teach your child the basics of golf, there is a need to think about how to make it fun and enjoyable. So let them come out and hit the ball and make mistakes – don’t worry about what they’re doing wrong, just help them improve what they’re doing right. Constantly criticizing them can get you hurt because the fun will end the game in the end.
American professional golfer Scott Davenport advises:
“Young children often do whatever they shouldn’t – hold their paddle with crossed hands and move their feet into their position – but let them do it. Their little bodies adapt to strength and balance. They will eventually override these corrections.”
It is worth noting that most of them do not enter the game until children reach their teenage years. If they were not enjoying and enjoying themselves, they would not be interested in continuing the sport later in life. So it pays to take your time making it fun and positive in all respects, instead of just focusing on technology and rules.
Golf activities to play
If you want to get your child to play golf, introducing him to the sport slowly is a good idea. That doesn’t mean you take her straight to the golf course. This can be extremely frightening for teens – and even frightening when they see that they are not hitting the golf ball as far or as high as other golfers on the court. Therefore, it is important to think about other child-friendly activities that will help your child get excited about the prospect of playing golf.
A popular and effective way to do this is to have your child play miniature golf. Not only is this a stimulating activity as they can have fun and play a game in a carefree environment, the experience will ultimately be encouraging for the child as he will be immediately rewarded for hitting a golf ball in different sections of each hole.
As a result, a basic level introduction to golf will help you get excited about the idea of playing golf with the “pros” on a “big” course when they are ready.