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In the first part of this two part series of articles, we looked at how relatively cheap and easy it was to get your child up and running in the game of golf.

We looked at how you can buy a small amount of equipment relatively cheaply and then how the child can start to use this equipment, without costing you a fortune in range balls, course fees and the like.

 

We left off the last article with the child practicing at the local public course practice area, hitting plenty of balls to gain an elemental degree of control and mastery of the clubs.
Once your child can hit the ball from the tee and off the floor with a relative degree of success (by no means do they need to do it every time), they’ll no doubt be wanting to test their skills on a golf course.

 

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Here’s the next step they can take:

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Get Your Child into Golf This Christmas – Part One

Modern day children spend more time indoors, playing video games than any other generation preceding them.
Of course, while a little fun on the games console is all well and good, there is a real risk of an entire generation turning into couch potatoes living only for the press of a button on their console controller.
 
Getting kids out into the open air, especially from the formative ages of around 7 and upwards, is vital to a healthy development. Children are naturally inquisitive and enthusiastic and usually willing to try most things.
 
Golf is a perfect game for most children to try, yet many people are put off because they believe that helping a child get into golf will be extremely expensive initially with major ongoing costs attached to it afterwards.

 

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While you can spend a fortune on your child’s burgeoning golf hobby if you wish, there are much cheaper and cost-effective ways to do it.

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Beating Bunker Blindness

For the amateur golfer who plays of a high handicap, few prospects in the game of golf offer them more dread than a typical bunker shot.

Of course, that shot at the first tee, particularly if there is a crowd watching, is always likely to be the biggest nerve jangler of the round – The only exception being unless you have a putt to win your monthly medal.

 

But during the course of a typical round nothing makes the heart sink than seeing your tee shot or approach plop into the sandy hell of a greenside bunker.

 

Practice golf bunker-shots
 

 

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Golf Tuition for Kids

Some people are not into golf. There I said it.

It’s shocking considering how brilliant it is I know, but there are many people who haven’t got a clue about the game and many of them are parents.

 

Speaking as a parent, whose daughter is a huge swimming fan (a sport of which my level of understanding ends at the avoidance of drowning), I therefore empathise with parents who may have a golf-mad child on their hand but be utterly beleaguered about what to buy them this Christmas.

Christmas golf gifts for 2014

 

So as a public service, because we here at Gorilla Golf are just splendid folks, we’re going to give you a list of the golf items you can buy for your child this Christmas.
For the purposes of this, we are assuming your child is around the ages of 7 to 12, though the list is applicable to children in their teens too.

 

There’s two lists: One a list of golfing items your child really must have (which is surprisingly short), and another a list of items that would be useful to have, but which are not necessary to start playing the game.

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Omega-European Masters 2011 Switzerland

It is the end of the season for the European Tour and already we know that Rory McIlroy will be crowned Europe’s top golfer, regardless of the tournament in Dubai.

Not that McIlroy needed any encouragement to take it easy, shooting a first round -6 under par to hold the lead with fellow Irishman Shane Lowry. It’s all rather easy for the Irishman at the minute. Perhaps he could do it in his sleep?

Yet it can’t be denied that already knowing who will be crowned the European Tour’s finest does diminish from the end of season event and this is in sharp contrast to what happens at the end of each season in the United States.

 

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The Three Best Things About Golf in 2014

Well it’s been a strange year in golf. Tiger’s claws were well and truly trimmed back and Rory found his roar once again to head back to the top of the rankings and claim two majors, plus a WGC event in the space of a few weeks this summer.

 

However at a more local level, the game continues to have positive and negative aspects. In this two part series, we’ll take a look at three positive things that have happened in the world of golf in 2014, and next week we’ll take a look at three that the game could do without.

But let’s start on a more positive note for a change and look at three big positives in the world of golf this year.

 

Ryder CUp 2014

 

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Is It Time We Had Kids Tees on The Golf Course?

My son has just started secondary school and he’s been playing golf for about a year, although he has dabbled with it before then. He enjoys it, but he’s like me and finds slamming balls at the range a bit of a drag.

He loves to play out on the local courses and while Pitch and Putt is all well and good, he wants to try out his talents on a real course.

 

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