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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.
Here’s the next step they can take:
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.
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.
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.
Most amateur golfers won’t be spending a lot of money on new clubs every year. Instead we find a set we like and use them for several years before upgrading.
During that time however, it can be noticeable that you’ll start to get a lack of performance from your clubs. You may put this down to your game not being quite in the groove.
However, if you are experiencing a lack of control with your approach shots into the green in particular, then you may need to get your grooves checked out.
Here’s a hypothetical question for you. Let’s say you are a country competing at the Rio Olympics and you have a prestige event, such as the 100m sprint. Each country participating in this event has been allowed to select just three members to compete in the event.
However, due to the fact that Jamaica has a surfeit of hugely talented sprinters, the IOC in its wisdom decides that seeing as Jamaica are just so darn good at sprinting, they can have six competitors. Double the amount of every other team.
Is that fair to all the other teams taking part?
One of the key skills a golf pro will try to get across to a learner player is the importance of having a simple pre-shot routine to follow before you hit every shot.
Yet, when you see what the likes of Keegan Bradley does on his pre-shot routine, is this really a help to the golfer?
Or do you suspect, as I do, that it is an elaborate move by Bradley to lull his playing partner to sleep and thus take the victory?
You may not think of golfers as a particularly literary bunch, but over the years there have been some magnificent tomes written about this marvellous game.
Whether it is biographies of the great and good, books about golfing strategy or psychology or about individual golfing tournaments or performances, there’s a lot of top notch golfing books out there.
So whether you are still a fan of flipping the pages of the latest tome, or you are more techno-savvy and prefer to do your reading on your Kindle, iPad or similar, here, in no particular order, are ten of the best golf books you should have in your library.