April 17, 2014

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The Importance of Getting Started With Golf at a Young AGE

golfkidsKids today are not as active as the generations before them.  There are a few reasons for the lack of physical activity, but to me the most obvious reason is TECHNOLOGY.  Video games, movies, music, YouTube, Facebook, and texting are the first few forms of technology that come to my mind.  Kids these days are stuck inside playing video games, watching internet videos, and texting the buttons off their phones.  This explosion of technology has left kids less active, out of shape, and lacking in interpersonal skills that are so important in the growth of kids into adults.

Golf is the perfect sport to start at a young age.  What is the right age to start teaching your children the game of golf?  I believe that it has to do with their patience level.  If your child is patient enough to stand in a position to hit the golf ball long enough to be taught, then it is worth taking them to the range or even the backyard and introducing them to the game.   I am sure there are 3 year olds that are capable of being introduced and I am sure there are 10 year olds that are still not ready.  Regardless of what their age, teaching them about a game like golf is a great way to get them motivated enough to get off the couch.

Golf is a game that is rich in tradition and history.  It promotes morals like honesty and integrity.  Although it is not as much of a team game as some other sports, it will teach them about having a good work ethic and how you have to work at something if you want to become good at it. Golf is also a game that can be played until you are an old timer.  Some people play golf into their 90s.  What other game can you play until you are that old? Teaching a kid the game of golf is a gift you can give a child that they will thank you for the rest of their lives.

Learning the game at a young age also helps them become better golfers.  When you learn golf at a young age it becomes a natural sport.  Golf is such a mental game that by starting early you take thinking out of the equation.  When a person starts the game of golf at an older age, they are consumed with the fundamentals and techniques of the golf swing.  TOO MUCH THINKING!  Do you think Michael Jordan thought about his elbow being at the right angle when he shot the basketball? No.  He just shot it.  Same basic concept applies to all sports, but with golf I think it is much more important to develop a natural swing at an early age.

The one problem with golf is that it is very expensive.  There are a ton of things you need to get started. Clubs, gloves, shoes, tees, balls, and it’s not always cheap to go out and play.  Lessons are expensive, and most junior leagues are set up so that you can’t be a beginner to participate.  How can you get your children or loved ones started in the game at a young age?

Jonathon Palmer the General Manager at Mallard Creek Golf Course in Columbia Station has taken it upon himself to provide a great program to the community.  He calls it 1,000-First-Swings. He is trying to introduce 1,000 kids to the game of golf and he wants to introduce them to the game FOR FREE!  Jonathon grew up around the game of golf his entire life and wants to promote the game he is passionate about.  1,000-First-Swings allow parents to bring any child between the ages of 4 -17 to Mallard Creek for a free bucket of range balls.  They then receive a membership card, and an additional 3 free buckets of range balls for future use.  To sweeten the deal Jonathon is even throwing in a free range bucket for the participating parents.  If you don’t think you are qualified to teach your child, Jonathon will give you a brief summary on how to teach your child.  It’s much easier than you think!  Call Mallard Creek 440-748-8231 or visit the link above for more information.

Whether it’s your kids, your kids’ friends, nieces, nephews, or grandkids, do them a favor and teach them the game of golf.  It’s something that they will thank you for the rest of their lives, and it’s a great way to spend quality time with them.