Make Golf Fun For Kids
Golf is usually categorized as a game of sophistication and flair. But while the green is often home to the discussions of politics and business dealings, it can also be a place where families come together for quality time and to share a passion for the game. If you are a parent you will know, however, that kids might not see the sport in the same light as you do and these family excursions could turn into turmoil and resentment. Golf requires patience, focus, and a certain level of dedication – attributes that most young kids have yet to acquire.
This doesn’t mean that golf putters and sunny mornings on the green should be kept for the aged. By changing the game up just a notch or two (or three), you can adapt it so that it meets the interest of the young ones, and who knows – this could be the start of their very serious golfing adventure.
Here Are Our 8 Ways That You Can Make Golf Fun For Kids (And The Whole Famdamily):
1. Let Them Call The Shots
Kids learn best through play, so let them play! As tempted as you might be to teach them about the correct golf setup and how to keep score, young minds tend to be more interested with the contents of golf bags or golf trolleys and the flagsticks that they discover in each hole. Allow them to be inquisitive, to explore the green, and hit balls swinging their clubs wild and free. Being inquisitive and having fun is the spark that ignites talent and a love for the game. Rules, techniques, and patience will set in a little bit at a time.
2. It Starts With A Game
One excellent way to teach kids about golf and how sport works is to play games with them. Children learn differently from adults and what you might view as tomfoolery, is actually a teaching and learning opportunity unlike any other. There is no limit to the types of games you can play, all you need is a little imagination. From seeing who can putt paper balls across a finish line first to painting golf balls, the scope of learning through fun is endless. Games open up portals of self-discovery and while our kids work on their imaginations, they also build logic and others skills that are required for a more professional round of golf.
3. Make Sure They Have The Correct Equipment
While allowing kids to discover and play with clubs and gear made for adults is one of the first introductions into the world of golf, once kids get into the “swing” of things and show an interest in the game, then we recommend you invest in golf club sets that are more kid-friendly. If clubs are too long, too stiff and too heavy, then the kids are going to have a hard time manoeuvring them, let alone hitting a ball. If a child feels defeated, he’ll very likely give up on the task at hand and move on to the next thing. Luckily, there are some great golf sets for kids on the market that cater to the different age groups. It’s all the more fun having your own personal golf set anyhow!
4. Don’t Start Lessons Too Soon
A person’s passion for the sport often gives them the yearning to pass their enthusiasm onto their kids. This is were coaching and golf lessons become a parent’s priority. But while your intentions are harmless, introducing a child to formal lessons too soon could possibly deter them from the game altogether. Even if your kid is bursting with enthusiasm to learn, we recommend you only bring a professional coach into the picture when they are at least 6 years old. This is because even though a child might seem mature, adding stern instructions too soon could run the risk of turning fun into work. It’s at this point that a child could lose interest and they might come to think of the sport as more of a chore than a great challenge and outlet.
5. Let Them Be the Teacher
Let kids be the teacher, or to rephrase this, let them take the lead. Play with your children, let them tell you how theywant to play golf and follow suit. If this means wearing a fairy dress as you prance around the green using your club as a wand, then so be it. The important thing is that you are showing your kids that you are having fun, that being on the fairway can be fun. These happy moments will build a library of nostalgia and will create a positive energy regarding the sport in general. If there are many happy moments that a child can relate golf to, the more likely they will be to connect with the ball time and time again.
6. Be The Example
One of the best ways to encourage kids to have fun while golfing is to show them how to have this fun by setting the example. If you want your child to fill your golf shoes, then let them see how amazing it can be to wear them. You can do this by simply relaxing and enjoying the game for what it is. Sometimes it’s OK to set the pressure aside and leave the criticising golf swing analyzers at home. Forget politics and that business deal you’re trying to close – now it’s just about you, your kid and the beautiful setting you have found yourself in.
7. Be Supportive
As your child starts to take on a more serious interest in golf, we urge you to still remain quite casual in stance. The “fun” element needs to be there at all times, especially when a more competitive streak starts to set in. You need to leave room for mistakes and you need to be more like a cheerleader and less like a coach. There’s plenty of time during adulthood where constructive criticism can be given.
8. Reward Them
If all else fails, there’s always fun to be found in a good reward. It starts with praise and often ends in a round of milkshakes. Kids are always willing to play along when they know there’s something else to look forward to at the end. While this might seem like bribery, it’s merely enticing a child into an opportunity that they might otherwise have rolled their eyes at. The saying goes “you have to try it to see if you like it”! At the same time, atreat or a reward is also an excellent way to show kids that you can have fun even when you’re not the winner – it’s all about being a good sport.