One of the most exciting things for golfers to do is to introduce their own kids to the game. It can be very exciting to see a kid that is enthusiastic to play golf and even more exciting to see their progress. For parents this can be a great bonding experience with their children and a way to get them outdoors and keep them active.
Younger kids can be especially enthusiastic to play golf as they simply enjoy doing something news. They are suddenly intrigued by everything around them, including the grass and the fascinating holes in the group with balls inside them! Kids at this age can be fun, but what is the right age to start introducing kids to the game of golf?
We generally recommend you wait until your child is about 12 years old to seriously start playing on the golf course. Before this time, you may want to introduce them to how to swing at a mini golf course. We recommend waiting this time as the golf course can be a dangerous place for very young kids. If they stand behind a golfer whilst they are taking a swing, this can place them in a dangerous position. They also risk being hit by a ball if they wander off.
Kids that want to play golf at 12 years old generally more fun to play with. They are becoming their own person at this age and to want to play golf is their own person choice. Here are some tips to introduce your child to golf in the right way.
The biggest mistake parents make is trying to introduce their kids to golf too quickly. Like everything good in life, it takes time to properly teach a kid to play golf. Remember that everything is new, from the golf clubs to the entire course. Everything about golf is novel to kids and you should start as slow as possible. This is why it is advantageous to introduce them to golf at a mini golf course first. This was they will have a taste of the game without being thrown into it.
Allow them to make mistakes
No one becomes perfect by being perfect. Part of learning is making mistakes and fixing them. In the early days you must be willing to let your child make their own mistakes and fixing them by themselves. This will give them the confidence to fix their own problems in the future. It can be tempting to want to take control because you know what you are doing, but this will be at the jeopardy of your kids chance to learn.
Buy appropriate clubs
We know that buying golf gear can be expensive, but if you are serious at introducing your child to golf, you need the correct gear. Is your child uses a golf club that is taller than them, they are hardly going to be able to play. There are specially made golf clubs for children that are adaptable as they grow. These are ideal because your kid will always have a golf club to fit their specifications as they grow.
One of the failings of parents is that they bring their kid to the golf course once and then don’t return for another 6 months. If you want your child to improve, practice makes perfect. We recommend you take your kid to the golf course at least once a fortnight, but ideally once a week. With consistency, your child will be able to remember how to play and continuously improve.
To sum it up, the main thing you need to be is patient and consistent. With the appropriate gear and practice, your child will grow to love the game just like you.