Kids and Golf – Good Sport or a Mistake?

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Golf has seen an incredible rise in popularity over the past few decades, and that popularity continues to grow.
From the days when golf was consider the pastime of a select few old folks who walked the greens in their checked pants,
the sport today has a tremendous following. This can largely be attributed to players like Tiger Woods – charismatic players
who have captured the attention of everyone, including those who have never picked up a golf club.

The golfing industry had changed significantly as well. There are resorts, vacation packages and even housing developments
built around incredible golf courses. Finding a great place to golf has never been easier with the number of courses growing
annually, and those managing the courses set to make the most of the property available. There’s no way to really tell what
prompted the rising popularity of the sport. But if you look at the number of young people walking the greens with parents
and grandparents, and the number of schools with a golf program for their students, you’ll see that golf is most likely a
trend the popularity of which will continue for the foreseeable future.

Parents are always looking for sports that their children can do. This is something that is as normal as waking up or even going to sleep. The vast majority of children are involved in some form of extracurricular activity, and many children are involved in an entire plethora of activities. This can leave parents thinking a bit creatively when it is time to pick out the perfect activity for their child. As time has marched forwards many parents have started signing their children up for golf and teaching them exactly how to play. While not all parents think this is a suitable sport for young children, it can be a great experience that allows them the opportunity to really stretch their wings and expand their knowledge of how things are happening in the world around them.

For example, golf has more than just the ability to teach good sportsmanship. It also has the ability to teach children how to be logical, make good decisions and even make a few calculated judgments based upon the playing circumstances that are presented to them. In addition, it teaches children to take turns while playing with others, and is also good for the physical activity of walking around the entire golf course. As you can see, learning golf is something that has a huge opportunity to be highly appropriate for a child. The benefits are widely available for both girls as well as boys and allows all parents to usually feel very confident in the decision to sign their child up for golf.

If you have ever considered signing your child up for golf, it can be a very positive experience for your child. Determining if it is a sport that actually interests your child is usually one of the most complicated aspects. However, if you are willing to listen to your child and what they have to say you can usually get a very good indication of how they feel about the situation. Most children are quite open to learning new sports as long as it is presented to them in a positive manner. However, there are times when your child may need a bit of additional encouragement in order to really achieve the benefits that are available.

Your first step should be taking your child to a few golf games, especially tournaments and competitions to allow them to see what is really possible. Then perhaps even a few games of mini golf would be a good suggestion as well. While the ultimate style is quite different, they are essentially the same game. This will give your child a hands on way to see if they are actually interested without having to worry about them getting hurt in the process. Never just jump into signing your child up for lessons as they are very expensive and often the classes are non-refundable.

If your child still seems highly interested, you should look into searching for a suitable instructor that has experience working with children. The correct instructor will be quite helpful in encouraging your child’s love of golf. If you happen to notice that a child that previously enjoyed golf suddenly does not want to play anymore, you may want to look at the interaction they have with their instructor before looking at other situations to see what has happened.

With a bit of gentle encouragement most children are able to become quite skilled at golf, which makes it a great sport due to the huge self-esteem boost that it can provide. If you have any doubts about whether your child can play golf you can generally rest easy knowing that children as young as 5 have been enrolled successfully in lessons. No matter if your child is a boy or a girl; they are quite likely to enjoy golf thoroughly and with the right instructor blossom into quite a talented player. You will be very surprised at just how good a sport it can be for children.

Thanks for reading,

Bob Elliott


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