Post Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Introducing your child to golf is an excellent opportunity to spend quality time together in the great outdoors, untethered from technology. However, there are many benefits associated with teaching your child to golf apart from quality time. These benefits include:
A useful future skill for business
A great form of exercise
Teaches social skills
It may be challenging to determine how you should introduce golf to your children. With this in mind, we want to share a few tips to help you successfully introduce golf into their lives.
Tips on Introducing Golf To Your Child
Children have different capabilities at different stages in their lives. As a result, we decided to break down these tips down based on the age group. Overall, it’s helpful and less intimidating for a child to learn something new if learning the skill is not too far outside their wheelhouse.
Ages 4 - 7 Years
At this age, don’t worry about rigid processes and scoring. Learning fundamentals is ideal for this age group. Additionally, don’t try to do too many things at any one time. Keep the focus narrow, and get them to remember fundamentals. Below we’ve included some activities you can begin with.
Teach your child how to hold the golf club and finish the swing - Get children to finish the swing by remembering to squish a bug with their back foot, and then hold the follow through like they’re posing for a camera.
Observation - Kids naturally mimic grown-ups. Use their natural inclination to copy you by showing them how you hit a ball. You’ll be amazed at what they pick up just by watching.
Swing away - After you’ve given them a couple of pointers, let them simply swing away and enjoy.
Keep it short - At this age, keep their golf experience to 30-45 minutes, maximum.
Ages 8 - 12 Years
At this age, your child has an increased ability to understand more strategic concepts as well as granular details like game rules and scoring. If your child is this age, here are some areas you can focus on.
Fundamentals of alignment - Identify their target and square their stance.
Course management - Players should start to develop an understanding of course management. Including: how to approach a hole, how to select the correct targets and clubs, and how to develop an overall hole strategy. These course management tips will help them develop as golfers.
Teenagers (13 years+)
Private lessons are perfect for teenagers who have never golfed or had minimal golf exposure at younger ages. Private lessons take away the scariness. They won’t be comparing themselves to others, so they’re not intimidated to try.
Bi-weekly lessons are a good place to start. This offers enough time to get out once or twice between lessons to practice what they’ve learned. If they can’t get to the course or driving range, they can still practice in the yard with foam or plastic golf balls.
You can also try a short evening rounds as a family. Young drivers might jump at the opportunity to drive the golf cart. Try playing for fun instead of instruction as it allows your child to gain confidence when connecting with the ball.
Play the forward tees, or even start in the fairway. One of the best tips you can offer a new golfer is to recognize when they are becoming too frustrated. There’s no reason to hole out when you’re just beginning, and taking a bunch of missed swings is a sure way to get discouraged.
Regardless of your child’s age, it’s always the right time to introduce them to the game of golf. Whether it’s a little time on the range or a short game with playmates, getting your child involved in golf can lead to a lifetime of enjoyment and camaraderie.