Going by the current state of the sporting industry, a lot of sports have currently had an increase in popularity. This popularity can be attributed to the fact that individuals are now picking up these sports at a young age and such is the case for the Junior Golf industry. Even the equipment developed by a lot of the sporting companies are now being designed and geared towards the younger generation. Therefore, it is safe to say that there is a large market for junior golfers in the foreseeable future and it pays to start early.
If your child has shown an increasing interest in the sport of golf or you see it as a means to bond with them, the first thing that should be encouraged us fun. Regardless of future aspirations surrounding the sport, it is just a game and a means to connect with the child and nothing else. Owing to the fact that children when between the ages of 1-8 tend to have a short attention span, this might not be something they want to pursue in future but the memories gotten should be one of fondness and not loathing.
The following are tips on how to teach your child how to play golf:
- The first thing about the sport of golf that needs to be taught is the principles. Teaching your child to play golf will also allow you to form a bond, as opposed to hiring a trainer. Although hiring a trainer later on to fines their swings is a good idea. This is more important than getting them conversant with the different types of golf clubs and balls. The underlying principle paves the way for making decisions on how to play the game.
- The next thing will be to find the right place to play. It is advisable to choose a golf course that tends to the need of golfers so as to make it a learning curve experience going from the kiddies golf course to the adult golf course.
- The issue of when to play is always tricky. As adults, it is only rational to assume that we have other obligations asides teaching the child how to play golf. For convenience and practicality sake, the best time would be during the evenings where you have a free reign over the golf course.
- Let the child learn the concept of the game by allowing them to call the shots. This tends to give them the freedom to explore their own style of play. Do not try to teach them how to swing or get a put too soon as it takes away from the learning.
- Choosing the golfing equipment is also important as a child who is not comfortable with his or her equipment cannot gain a fun experience from the game.
- Actions speak louder than words and the best way to get a child to learn is to show them. Every technique or method being taught to the child should be accompanied by the relative action so as to create better understanding.
- When a child makes a mistake, correct them mildly and encourage them to do the right thing. Reward them for successes too.