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Golf Getting-Started for Kids

How to Get Your Child Started in Golf

From: Frank Mantua, Director of Golf, US Golf Camps

The game of golf is experiencing a boom, with more and more youngsters discovering the excitement of a day at the golf course. New facilities that offer children affordable access to play the game are being constructed throughout the country and the world.

But is there a best way for parents to introduce their children to golf? Here are some tips for parents on how to attract their youngsters to play this "game for a lifetime."

Ideally, your son or daughter will approach you one day and express an interest in learning to play golf. You may have to cultivate that interest in them, because you appreciate the qualities that golf embodies and want your children to share those experiences. You, the parent, are the person who must provide access and offer encouragement to your children.

One of the keys to getting your child interested in golf is finding a program that they enjoy participating in.

Select a program that nurtures their interest and stresses having fun. A visit to www.juniorlinks.com is one way to find programs that are available in your area. Other information sources may be your local recreation department or your local PGA Professional. Many schools also have golf programs and these are a great way for the serious junior golfer to develop his or her interest. (Editor's Note: The About.com Junior Golf section also includes sources of information.)

Ultimately, parents are the catalyst to the growth of their child's interest in golf. A visit to the driving range where you and your child can spend time together is an excellent way to get started. Invite some of your child's friends along so that they associate golf with fun. Unless you are qualified to teach, don't worry too much about instructing your child. Just make sure that he or she gets an opportunity to hit some balls and enjoy the exercise.

Once a strong foundation has been developed, a visit to your local course or Par 3 course is warranted. Try to play in non-peak hours so that your child is not subject to the pressures of pace of play requirements of a busy facility.

Children learn by imitation, so encourage watching a PGA or LPGA event on TV. If you should have a tour event in your local area, go to the course. The crowds and excitement of big time golf are great magnets for a young person's imagination.

Many recreation departments and most public golf facilities offer junior programs (usually in the summer months). One advantage of utilizing these programs is the social interaction that your child experiences with the other children participating. Kids learn that golf is a social game played by rules of conduct and proper etiquette.

For advanced juniors who show an interest, junior tournaments are a great way to test their skills. It is important that participation in tournaments is the child's idea. Access and encouragement are two important things that parents can provide to their children to help them learn and enjoy golf.

Source: Golf.About.Com

2006 About, Inc.




About the Author

Frank Mantua is a Class A PGA Professional and Director of Golf at US Golf Camps. Frank has taught golf to thousands of juniors from more than 25 countries. More than 60 of his students have gone on to play at Division I colleges. Mantua has also published five books and numerous articles on junior golf and junior golf programs. He was one of the founding members of the National Association of Junior Golfers, and is one of the few golf professionals in the country that is also a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. Frank also serves as the Junior Golf Specialist on ESPN Radio's "On Par with the Philadelphia PGA".

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Practice makes perfect. And years of practice can make your child the best athlete in any sport of his or her choice. Start 'em young and watch your child go pro in golf.

But where to start? Who to call? Which training program or golf school is the right one for your child? Should you buy those junior clubs or get a used set of adult ones cut down to size? These are essential questions any parent has to consider when introducing the kids to golf.

Search through these golf articles for tips and advice in golf for kids. Explore Westchester County golf courses for a family-oriented and child-friendly golf and country club offering summer training for children on the greens.







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