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Ways to Encourage the Golfer of Tomorrow, Today

Ways to Encourage the Golfer of Tomorrow, Today

Introducing golf to young people can make an enormous impact on their lives into adulthood. Over time, it helps build character and foster key life skills that guide them to success in many areas of their lives.

But let’s face the facts: golf can be brutally difficult and can be seen as boring, which is a big reason many kids don’t take to the game at first. 

You want to get them involved, but be careful. All it takes is one bad experience to drive them away from the sport for a very long time.

 

So what’s the best way to make the younger generation enjoy the game with as much enthusiasm as we do? It’ll take some strategy, creativity, and a lot of patience. But keeping the following tips in mind will ultimately help them become more interested, feel inspired, and always want to come back for more.

Understand that you probably won’t have the next Tiger, Phil, or Rory on your hands. But opening up their world to a lifetime of loving and benefiting from this great game is definitely worth every moment you put in.

Enter the No-Lecture Zone

Don’t be that helicopter parent at the range spewing out complicated instruction after every shot struck by your child. It’s OK to try to be helpful, but do so constructively while keeping things light. Remember, the more fun they have practicing with you, the more they’ll want to keep playing with you.

Praise Them Like You Should

Don’t be shy about giving them compliments either. Executing a proper golf swing and getting the ball in the air is a big accomplishment. When you see it happen, be eager to let them know what a great job they did. After all, who doesn’t love hearing “great swing!” from time to time?

Spice Up Practice

There’s nothing more dull to a 10 year old than the thought of hitting range ball after range ball or practicing 3-footers for an afternoon. Show them that golf can be way more than that by finding unique ways to shake things up and keep it fresh out there. 

If possible, set up a series of obstacles on the practice green and go head-to-head to establish putting supremacy. If you’re hitting full shots, have them practice juggling the golf ball with their wedge between club changes. Both of these techniques do a great job of breaking up any sense of monotony.

Home: Where Golfing Memories are Made

You don’t always need to make a trip to the range with your kids to work on their games. Consider breaking out the putters for a quick game of carpet golf. Find a target to putt to (i.e. “the hole”), a spot to tee off from, establish a number for par, and may the best putter win. Get creative with this.

If feasible, also head to the backyard for 15-30 minutes of light chipping. There will be absolutely no pressure for them to perform with nobody around and you two will spend some real quality time together as a result.

The Takeaway: As far as kids are concerned, golf is just a game that’s meant to be played and enjoyed. Once fun time starts feeling like work is when you lost them. Keep things fun, fresh, and interesting while their young, and you’ll have a playing partner for life.

We’ll see you and your pride-and-joy out on the putting greens soon.

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