How do you get your kids started playing golf?
Every golfing mom or dad hopes that their children will want to play golf. The reasons vary, but ultimately, golf is a great family activity, and every parent wants another reason to go play a round of golf or hang out on the range. However, some parents start their kids too early and they push too hard. The typical result is a child who does not enjoy the game or who burns out at an early age. I have seen numerous examples of parents who pushed their kids to play golf, but a few years later that child has no interest in the game.
Many parents want to raise the next Rory McIlroy or Tiger Woods. They hear the stories of starting your kids young and pushing them hard. However, this doesn’t work in the majority of cases.
Ultimately, one of the best ways to introduce your children to the game is to illustrate the happiness and enjoyment you get from playing the sport and from watching it on TV. I picked up the game when I was nine years old thanks to my wonderful grandfather. He was a high handicap retiree; however, he loved the game and it showed in the way he enjoyed his time on the course. He encouraged me to try playing and after a summer golf program, I was hooked. Thankfully, my family never pushed me to go play golf. I think I would have resented them for “making” me go play. It has become a lifelong love of mine, and I hope I can play until I’m 100 years old.
What strategies work?
- Take them to the golf course with you occasionally and make sure they see how much you enjoy the game.
- Wait for them to ask – don’t push too hard
- Make it fun – let them enjoy the early days of learning how to swing a club
- Play games – time on the golf course should be fun and playing low pressure games can help achieve that goal
- Don’t allow them to overcommit to the game too soon – actually restrict their time on the golf course and leave them wanting more
- All children desire quality time with their parents – show them this is a perfect time to be alone with mom and/or dad
Golf is a family game and we hope you get to enjoy this precious time with your children. They will thank you for it when they are older.
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