How To Get Your Kid Interested In Golf

The best age to get your kid into golf would be the moment that he or she can stand up on his or her feet and swing a golf club. The earliest I have ever seen a child swing a golf club is two and a half years of age, and this was a great experience, despite the kid hitting the golf ball just 50 yards on a consistent basis. The most encouraging part of this experience was the kid hitting the ball straight down the middle.

How to get your Kid into Golf

The key to getting your child into golf is to ensure you have a good instructor who has a good reputation with kids. Consider those instructors who are very positive, whom your kid can understand, has patience and know how to teach the basics. Because finding an instructor who has these four qualities is often difficult, it is not necessary that you find one who is certified with a recognized organization.

image of getting your kid into golfOnce the instructor has given the kid a few of the basics, he or she will begin to do things just as taught by the instructor. At this level, you should not be afraid to let your kids get into the game by swinging the golf club on their own. Since golf is a game full of fun, let your kids have fun. Ideally, try to keep it simple to avoid frustrating them by issuing them with too much in-depth information.

The kid wants to have fun by playing golf, therefore, make the game fun and ensure they have the right equipment and basics. Some of the right equipment include the right golf clubs that is golf clubs with the right length (avoid those with flexible shaft), sports shoes (tennis shoes are okay). Another essential aspect of getting your kid into golf is the golf course. Before they play the golf course, ensure your child knows and understands the rules of golf. Since learning how to play a good round of golf is our primary objective, it is important that they play the golf course as soon as possible. Moreover, ensure they keep the score and do not cheat.

Why Golf is great for Kids

Encouraging your child to take part in golf is more important in today’s society than ever before. The game comes with so many advantages that can be effective to the kid. Here are three reasons golf is great for kids:

Golf is a self-regulated sport

In golf, there are no referees, no umpires, and no judges. Therefore, you may assume that it is a free-for-all game where cheating is rampant. Well, there exists one all-powerful executioner, jury, and judge. Yourself. The great players of this game would rather finish last and die than to have their peers question their integrity. This urge to penalize yourself when you know you are the only one who saw you break a rule helps shape the character of the kid. Such kids usually develop to be straightforward people with high levels of integrity.

Golf Isn’t Easy

The lessons your kid learns in working at their golf game translate directly to their everyday life. Aside from the ability to keep going when things fall apart, golf is a game that demands dedication, persistence, and hard work. These same virtues are also important to life’s troubles, which not only come at the worst times but also require hard work to get through.

Golf has a Low Risk of Injury

Since it is a non-contact game, the risk of injury is incredibly reduced. That implies it can be played as well as enjoyed for a lifetime. It is among the very few professional games, which has a competitive senior (+50) division. More than a few professional players have been more successful after turning 40 years or so. The other day, a lady approached me on the driving range, and she was warming up for a round. Unbelievably, this lady was 92 years by that time. Like her, this game can be enjoyed by your kids throughout their lifetime.

Summary

Teaching your child golf is fun and developing a way to get them into this game is highly recommended. They will learn how to take the discipline associated with golf into their everyday life, and this will help with their development. Remember, your kid is the future and making sure they start in the right direction is important.

A Look At My Life Outside Of Golf

balance life no drugsAlthough most of my life revolves around golf, I do enjoy doing other things. Having a young son and a beautiful wife, I have to spend time with them too. She knows that golf is my passion and doesn’t mind that I spend most of my weekends and even some evenings playing. My wife will often come to the golf club on the weekends and watch me, like she used to when we first met, and is very supportive.

Family

I do try to spend some time with my family though, as my son seems to be growing up so fast, and I have missed a lot of it either at work or playing golf. When he turned 1, it suddenly hit me that I had missed his first words and his first steps all because I had been too busy. So I made a decision to make more of an effort to spend more time with them. Here are 9 additional tips to create a balanced lifestyle.

I didn’t want to cut down on the time I spend playing golf, but I tried to make sure it was only on the weekends. I normally wake up early to go and play so that I can try to make afternoons free for some family time. We do different things, like if the weather is good we take our son to the park, he can run around the playground whilst we eat ice cream and watch him.

balance life no drugs 2We sometimes rent a boat on the lake or feed the ducks. There is a mini golf place nearby, which I want to take my son to when he is old enough. When they are at the golf club with me, once I have finished my match, I take my son around on the buggies up and down the hills while he laughs. On weekday evenings, we sometimes go to the cinema, but when it is the 3 of us we normally have to see a cartoon. I quite enjoy it, and my son loves it. Twice a month, my wife and I try to have a date night, and we use our neighbor’s daughter to babysit. We will go out for a nice meal, go and see a real movie or go out with some friends.

Friends

I need a bit of guy time too. I have some good friends at the golf club, but not all of my friends are into golf. So I also have to find time to spend with my buddies. We have the odd night playing poker with some beer and the odd joint, or go to a bar to watch the game. A few of the guys are in a soccer team, so we sometimes meet up and have a game of soccer.

I enjoy games like soccer and baseball, but only now and again. I’m not the beefy dude that wants to run around all day. What I like in golf is that I can take my time, and it is all about precision. When I’m playing soccer, I’ve got no time to think about precision, I just got to kick the ball anywhere towards goal direction. Maybe it’s just me, but I prefer the slower kind of sports. I have played golf since I was young, and it was always my preferred sport over anything else. I always wished there was

I have played golf since I was young, and it was always my preferred sport over anything else. I always wished there was golf at high school, but I had to pick soccer instead which I never excelled at, but I think it was because I always had golf in the back of my mind. I don’t think you can ever get good at something you wish you weren’t doing. I like to give lessons at the club too.

When there are teenagers wanting to learn, or know the basics, but want to improve their skills, I hold lessons on the weekends after my match. Not only do I teach their skills, it’s about learning the game overall, with things like posture, attitude and shot techniques. I enjoy because I am sharing my talents with others, and to see them grow and improve is nice.

Motorcycle

My third love in my life, after my family and golf, is my bike. When I was 18, I got my first motorcycle and have never lived without one since then. I have had my big cruiser for two years now, and I love it. I don’t drive it to work, but I usually use it to go to the club. I keep my equipment at the club and get changed when I’m there, so I don’t need to take anything with me.

My bike gives me a sense of freedom, and I feel like I’m flying when I ride. I love to buy custom parts and change it around so that it looks one of a kind, and right now, it looks fantastic. I clean it once a week and meet up with other friends that have bikes to go cruising when I have time. My wife used to love coming on the back, but it doesn’t happen very often since we had our son.

Travelling

The small holidays I get every year from work; I like to spend travelling. I normally alter between golf destinations and family holidays. Going to different places to play golf is a great experience, trying new courses, different climates and playing against new players. My wife and I love to travel when we can, and now our son does too. We always pick a new destination, so that we can see as many countries as we can. I love to visit new places and learn about how other cultures live.

I think it gives you more of an open mind and makes you grateful for what you have. It’s difficult to find time in my life for everyone. I work long hours and most of my free time I play. Some people get offended that I spend so much time playing golf, but I have to play to practice and grow as a player. Luckily my wife understands, and that’s what matters most.

Why Golf is Fun for Me

Kid and Golf BallWhere it All Began…

I remember when I was growing up, my old man absolutely LOVED to play golf every Sunday. I never truly understood it until he took me onto my first golf course at the age of 16. He told me that 16 was the perfect age to begin to fall in love with his favorite sport: golf.

During that first game I didn’t understand anything: the lingo, how to hit the ball, or how to keep track of the scores. Even though it was all very confusing, this was the day that I fell in love with golf. I think that if it hadn’t been for my old man taking me, I would have ended up hating the idea of going out and playing golf; but he made it fun and he was calm and understanding the whole day.

What I Love About it Now

Now I am older, have kids of my own, and my father has passed; I have found reasons to love the game of golf for myself. The first thing that I learned to truly take in as an adult was the time to think. You don’t get that often when you have kids and work 40+ hours a week. The time I have while I play golf gives me silence to figure out my next step in my career. It allows me to dream about how to get my wife on that vacation she’s always wanted to take with me, and to reminisce some of my favorite moments in life.

The second thing I grew to love about my time on the golf course is the fresh air. As an adult all my time is spent in the office, the car, and inside the house. Going outside to play a round of golf gives me a chance to get outside and feel like a kid playing in the playground again. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have golf to look forward to every Sunday.

The third thing I love is that it is one of the most relaxing activities I do in my life. Like stated before – work, husband-life, and having kids can be draining, and this game gives me a chance to have some time to myself and gets my head straight for the week ahead. The game of golf I play every Sunday keeps my stress level down, which keeps me in a better mood and extremely happy. Golf is what keeps me going on a weekly basis.

Golf is everything to me, and I have my dad to thank for that. I believe that he knew what golf would do for me in the future and I’m glad he introduced me to this wonderful game. I like to think that once my own son is old enough I’m going to introduce him to the game that I love as well. Golf will always be a part of my family, passed on from generation to generation.

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