A Message to our Parents – KEEP GOLF FUN!!!
Kids Love Golf! It’s a fact. Something about hitting that little white ball into a hole is just plain fun. We want your child to love golf for a lifetime, but we need your help. We have developed a simple list of do’s and don’ts for our Parents. These simple rules apply whether you have a child who is new to the Game or an experienced, tournament ready Junior player. Your attitudes toward the Game of Golf and your child’s involvement play a key role in determining whether your youngster falls in love with the Game, or leaves it.
- Seek out a qualified PGA Professional to teach your child the fundamentals, if not they will struggle and become frustrated.
- Provide opportunities to get to the golf course or driving range to play or practice. Make sure they want to go, do not force them.
- Provide some backyard fun when you can’t get to the course. Let them chip or pitch with a short flight, safe ball.
- Make sure that they have equipment that fits and is made for Juniors. The wrong clubs will ruin their golf swing.
- Let them swing away. We can teach control later, let them hit the ball as far as they can.
- Spend lots of time on and around the practice green. All good players learned to score by becoming proficient at putting and chipping.
- Praise the good shots, forget the bad ones. Positive reinforcement works best.
- Be tough on cheating, poor sportsmanship, bad tempers, and slow play.
- Help them be target oriented, get them to whack it at the flag, target green, tree, whatever it is that makes it fun to aim properly.
- Stay involved, be supportive and encouraging in all their endeavors. De-emphasize winning.
- Keep it fun! If they are not having fun, stop, leave the course and come back another day.
- Be a coach. Kids get turned off by too much information. Reinforce the fundamentals, but let them find their own, natural swing motion.
- Put pressure on your child to win or improve.
- Show negative emotions/disappointment.
- Get too excited if your child wins/loses.
- Let it be work. Golf should be pure, unadulterated play time.
- Think of money spent to play as an investment with a tangible return.