How to Get Kids Involved in the Game of Golf

Golf isn’t the first game or sport that most kids think of when they conjure up images of getting outside and having a good time. Oftentimes, they would rather be playing sports like baseball, football, basketball, or soccer because those activities really get them moving and running around, and some of them, like football, are contact sports that are attractive to kids as well. But the truth is that golf can be a lot of fun too, even for kids, and it can build physical strength, as well as concentration. So how can you get your kids involved in the game of golf, especially if they have negative preconceptions about it? Keep reading for a list of handy tips you can start using today.

Start with Mini Golf

A good place to start if you are hoping to get your kids interested in golf is by taking them to a mini golf course while they are still young. Mini golf is a lot of fun for kids, and it can also be a good way to get some exercise. Once your kids get used to playing mini golf and they see how much fun it is, you can mention that regular golf is a more advanced, and even more fun, version of miniature golf. That could be the perfect segue to taking your kids to the next level of golfing. Before you know it, your kids might even be ready to shop with you for the best blade putters.

Next Up, the Driving Range

After your kids have played a lot of miniature golf, you can move on to the driving range, where they can even bring a friend or two in order to make the experience even more social and fun. Again, you want to emphasize that golfing at the driving range is enjoyable, but it is also a good form of exercise. This is also the ideal time to start teaching your kids how to execute a perfect swing in order to improve their accuracy over longer distances than they are used to at the miniature golf course.

Go Golfing Together for the First Time

After a few times nailing down the right form at the driving range, you can then go to the golf course together with your kids in order to show them just how much fun a real game of golf can be. Just be sure to take them when you know that the golf course will not be experiencing a lot of traffic. In this way, you can keep the pressure off as you show your kids how to play the game, and they can also experiment with hitting the ball, perfecting their form further, and learning about all of the obstacles that golfers typically encounter and how they can overcome those obstacles.

Just be sure to start off by playing on a course that your kids could actually handle. Diving in too quickly by heading to a course that is too difficult could deter your kids from sticking with golf. Choose something like a local public course that is not too long, or a par-3 course. These options will give your kids the opportunity to learn the basics, as well as the ins and outs of the game of golf, and their odds of being successful at it are higher than if you ventured into a tough course from the start.

Avoid Competing with Your Kids

Many parents make the mistake of competing with their children when they are attempting to get their kids interested in a specific activity, such as a sport like golf. But the key to success will lie in making the experience a pleasant one for your kids, so avoid directly competing with them. Otherwise, they might end up resenting the experience rather than looking forward to more.

However, once your kids do become more comfortable and confident on the golf course, and once they have honed their skills and gained plenty of experience, you can certainly make it a little competitive by playing a game against one another. Just be sure to follow match play rules, and keep in mind that all of the holes that your kids win will basically give them a fantastic memory of spending time with you and achieving something special. That will serve to further encourage your kids to stick with the sport and keeping learning and improving.

Watch Tournaments on TV or in Person

In the same way that your kids love to watch sporting events, like football games and basketball tournaments, on television, you can spend quality time with them while watching a golf game on TV, such as the PGA Tour. If you can go to an event in person, that would be even better. Watching these events can be exciting, and it can be a good opportunity to show your kids just how skilled the players need to be, and how competitive the sport really is. In other words, you are basically proving to your kids that golf is not boring or non- competitive at all; in fact, the opposite is true.

Hire an Instructor and Invest in the Right Gear

If your kids start to show a more serious interest in golf and you can only teach them so much because you are not all that advanced, don’t worry. There are golf instructors whom you can hire to teach your kids. A good resource to start your search is the PGA website, where you can look for local PGA pros who are willing to teach children who are hoping to improve their golf swing.

As with any other sport, having the right golf gear can make a big difference in your kids’ ability to succeed and really enjoy the game. So, in addition to searching out the right professional instructor for your kids, you can also invest in the right golfing equipment. Stick with junior sets that are specifically designed for kids, as these are offered by the biggest golf club companies to make it easier for kids to learn on gear that is made with their size in mind. After all, if your kids develop their swings on equipment that is faulty or is not appropriate for them, they could end up holding onto those mistakes as they get older, so you want to make sure they learn the right way to swing from as early on as possible. The right gear will be balanced and will be the appropriate weight for your child, increasing their odds of perfecting their technique in a shorter amount of time.

Purchase the Right Golf Wardrobe

Kids love to shop, and they love it when their parents buy new things for them. Considering the fact that, like other sports, golf requires a certain uniform, you can use this as yet another opportunity to bond with your child and get him or her excited about the game. But it is a good idea to wait until your kids have a solid grasp of the rules of the sport and you have already invested in higher quality gear for them. This will ensure that you do not end up spending money on clothes that will end up sitting in the closet.

You want to be sure that your kids are serious about the sport. Then head out and look for apparel lines designed for young golfers. Junior golf apparel companies are surprisingly easy to find, and you can find a good selection of everything from outwear and hats, to golf shirts and accessories for kids of all ages. By dressing the part of a golfer, your kids will be even more proud and even more excited to head out onto the golf course and play, so this can be yet another way to get your kids ready to take this sport more seriously.

Don’t Force It

Not every kid will be interested in golf, no matter how hard you try and no matter how many times you take them mini golfing, to the driving range, or to the more advanced golf course. Keep in mind that every child is an individual who may or may not like the same things that you do, and that is perfectly fine. So, if the tips above still don’t seem to get your kids excited about golf or they continue to be more interested in other activities, respect their wishes and encourage them to pursue whatever it is that they are most passionate about.

By following these easy tips, you can certainly get your kids involved in the game of golf, even if they start off not knowing much about it and thinking that they will not like it. Focus on proving to them that this is a sport that requires focus and form. Your kids will discover that golf is not just a competition, but also a means by which they can improve both mentally and physically while doing something fun. And when you start playing together, you will be making memories that will last a lifetime.

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