Golf is one of those sports that one can start early in life. Once kids can hold a golf club, either at an early age of three playing with plastic golf clubs, they can start swinging and hitting those plastic golf balls. Starting early is a fun way for children to learn this sport. A good thing about this sport is that kids can practice inside or outside the house (inside, for putting and outside for the long swings and drives).
As they grow a little bit older, and if they still want to be in this sport, there are lessons available for a fee, either at country clubs, or summer camps, whether it is individual or group lessons. My daughter attended a one week computer summer camp which included half a day of golf lessons at Stanford University in July of 2006. The instructor was a member of the PGA (Professional Golf Association) and he taught the kids the basic steps from handling the golf clubs, the proper body postures, hand positions, the swings, etc. Since then she has been enjoying the sport. We bought her a set of women’s golf clubs and every now and then she would play it in our yard and garage- at least to practice her hand swings so that before her and her dad goes to the golf range she had already warmed up. Her dad got into golf when she got into it, so ours is not like those other kids whereby the parents influenced their kids; it was the other way around. My husband is more of a football person than a golf person, but he enjoys playing with her every now and then.
There are advantages to playing golf at an early age, here are some of them:
1) Concentration – if you start your kids early, they start to be able to use their concentration which will prove important not only for this game but for whatever sport or anything they would like to do in the future, may it be for studies or extra-curricular activities. A good golfer should know how to concentrate and not be bothered by little noise- concentration sometimes is an integral key to success.
2) Coordination and Control – the hand and body coordination is important to play this sport well. Although sometimes agility is not needed, it is important to be able to coordinate some body parts to be able to hit the golf ball. Properly controlling the golf swings determines the way the ball will land or end up in.
3) Staying Fit – Playing golf helps kids exercise. It may not require a lot of running, but they will do a lot of walking. Just as long as they do not ride those carts all the time.
4) Calculation – it may not be math or rocket science, but they would learn how to calculate or measure up their next swings whether how far or close it should go.
5) Fun Activity – it is a fun activity that parents and kids can participate on. Nothing like a friendly and healthy competition.
6) Kids learn to be independent. Since you do not really need to sign up for a team to play this sport. They do not need somebody to assist them to make the shot, they are on their own. So they learn to be independent. Some may think then they will not learn to be team players, but they can learn that in other activities in schools, church activities, etc.
7) Patience and Perserverance. Kids learn to be patient to do their best. When they try their best, they learn to persever which leads them to succeed.
There are more advantages to playing golf. It is also one of those sports that if your kid cannot do too much strenuous activities, for example due to severe asthma, this is the sport for them. As long as they do well, and they would like to continue, the possibilities are endless. After all, Tiger Woods started at a very early age- who knows your child could be the next one!