How Do I Teach Golf to Kids?

By Robert Preston
Playing golf can be an excellent father-son activity.
Playing golf can be an excellent father-son activity.

Many children grow up loving the game of golf. Introducing a child to the sport can be a difficult process if it is not properly addressed. Because golf is a game that requires mental fortitude and patience, as opposed to sports that reward the fastest or the tallest competitors, youngsters can become bored with the nuances of the game. Proper care must be taken to ensure the game is fun for them.

Enroll a child in a program where he will learn to play the game with children their own age. By having others participate with them, the day becomes fun with friends instead of lessons that can feel like school to children.

Take the child to the driving range and let her practice hitting balls.

Develop a way for the child to practice golf at home, if you have available yard space. Keep a bag of plastic, perforated golf balls and a hitting mat handy so the child can play and practice safely in the yard.

Play games when teaching the child to make the lessons and practice enjoyable. Challenge a group of children to see who can hit closest to a certain item on the range. Give a reward to the winner.

Play mini-golf with the children to let them get comfortable using a putter. The experience of holing out and of feeling balls leave the putter can teach the children valuable lessons for real putting surfaces.

Take the child to a pitch-and-putt course, where all the holes are short enough to be played using a wedge. For small children, a pitch-and-putt may even be long enough for them to hit their longer clubs.

Progress to playing on full courses only when you are sure the child is enjoying the activity and ready for the potentially long day that first rounds can bring. Implanting a bad memory of golf early can lead to a child with an aversion to the game.

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