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.



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.



If your child is to start golfing then the first thing you need to do is buy them all the equipment, right? Well no, not necessarily. Many ranges and golf courses will have cheap clubs for sale or rent so you don’t have to spend money.

Another option is to have an old set of clubs cut down and fitted to match your child’s height and stance.


If you are buying a set of clubs then remember, young children do not need anywhere near a full set to play. Indeed, I would say four clubs, A driver, a mid-iron, a pitching wedge and a putter, is ample for any younger player to begin with in their bag. Indeed many companies now sell junior sets precisely along those lines, often with a bag included.


Other than that all you will need is a trolley (which makes the game more comfortable for the child), some golf balls and tees (cheap ones will do) but if you are going to invest in something, good, comfortable golf shoes are always a good idea as nothing buts a child off golf more, than sore feet.

It is certainly possible nowadays to set a child up to start golf for little more than the cost of their favourite Xbox One or PS4 video game.




So they have the equipment, it is now time to get them using it. This is where you will need to be a little proactive with them, especially if you don’t live near a place where they can practice golf safely.

It may be tempting to head the range but it can be intimidating and disheartening for a child to hit balls next to adults and older children who can smash the ball miles further than they can. As such, a great idea is to head to a local public course and find the practice area.

Not only are these usually free to practice on, they are usually relatively sparsely populated. When here, give your child time to hit all the four clubs in their bag and give them masses of praise and encouragement. They will get frustrated, so it is important that you do not.



Don’t worry too much about getting the swing mechanics, grip, stance etc spot on.
Let your child find their own natural swing initially and only give them some pointers if they are making big fundamental mistakes (one youngster I helped learn played right handed, but with his left hand below his right on the grip, which I tried to iron out immediately).


Don’t forget too, there’s usually a bunker and a putting green at most clubs to practice on (putting greens are great for impromptu putting competitions) and remember to keep it varied. You don’t have to hit 100 balls with each club.
Take a club of your own and have a few simple ‘nearest the pin’ competitions. Keeping your child entertained and enjoying the process is key here. The more they enjoy playing, the more they will want to play.


In the forthcoming part two of this article we’ll examine what you need to do to take the next step in their golfing development, moving the youngster on from simply hitting balls at the range, through to finally stepping out on the first tee on a real, full-sized 18-hole course.



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