When it comes to keeping my children active, I suppose I am biased when it comes to the benefits of golf for kids. For me, it is a way to relax and be surrounded by nature as you practice your skill of hand-eye coordination and strength control. When I take my children out to the golf course, it is these lessons that I am teaching them. My youngest daughter has been swinging a club since she was four years old and she loves to play. Golf for kids can be fun and teach some life lessons too!
4 Benefits of Golf For Kids
Golf lessons for kids can teach control. Like all things in life, approaching a golf ball angry will more than likely become a bad situation. The angrier you get, the worse you will play. Don’t think about the failure of the previous stroke and take from it something to help you in the next attempt. Your own focus and control of the situation will either cause a successful hit of the ball, or make the situation worse by placing the ball in the rough. It all boils down to your own control of each instance. No matter how deep in the rough you go, a simple chip out can put you back in the game.
As we live in a very rural area, the course isn’t as packed as you would see in the larger cities. However, we practice relaxation even playing those courses. If you are feeling rushed by those behind you, your play will suffer. Instead of competing with yourself to stay ahead of those who are clearly better, let them play through. Golf, nor life, is a race and both should be taken in instead of rushed through. Take time to enjoy the ambiance of the world around you and see the course for what it truly is – a wonderland filled with nature’s beauty.
Nobody walks onto the course with Pro-like skills. It takes practice to succeed at golf. Some of us will play the game for years and still only have a mediocre grasp of the game. That doesn’t mean we should stop playing – it means that we should play more in order to perfect our own knowledge and understanding. We can learn from others proper techniques and methods, but it will still come down to our own skill of the game.
4. The Clubs
I have demonstrated numerous times that the perfect club doesn’t necessarily make the player. For instance, a friend of mine complains constantly that he can’t drive the ball as well as I can. He believes it is because I have a Calliway Diablo and he has a Wilson driver that he bought at Walmart years ago. At which point, I took his driver and still out-shot him as he used my Calliway. All of this was in the presence of my children as a lesson that just because you don’t have the nicest of objects, doesn’t mean you still can’t play the game successfully.
I suppose I am a bit of a “geek” as my wife would put it. I relate a lot of life’s more valuable lessons to golf as it is a passion of mine as well as my children. I believe that knowledge through the use of engaging materials is far more effective than a simple lecture. As my children are interested in golf, they will heed my words with greater reflection. They may not join the PGA Tour in the near future, but hopefully they can find my messages to be uplifting in the tour of life. Golf lessons for kids can certainly has a lot of benefits as it can be a valuable teaching tool as well as great exercise and fun.
Guest post by Ken who holds a master’s in business leadership from Upper Iowa University and multiple bachelor degrees from Grand View College. As president of morningsidenannies.com, Ken’s focus is helping Houston-based parents find the right childcare provider for their family. When he isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his three children and his wife.