One of the biggest advantages of golf is that anyone can start playing the game at a young age, regardless of their gender, physical abilities, and coordination.
Think about other sports that require an advantage in one or more areas that so many kids just do not have the skills for. For example, growing up as a kid I was extremely thin and could not handle physical sports such as football or soccer. Although I wanted badly to participate in these types of activities, it just didn't work out for me. However, golf suited me perfectly.
Does Your Child Have Potential?
If your child has shown an interest in golf and wants to learn how to play, how do you proceed with acknowledging their potential?
The task is not easy, particularly true if you or your spouse are not golf players yourself.
I would say that the first step in this process is to offer your child words of encouragement, no matter what the circumstances are. Let's face it, although golf is fitting for people of all ages, senior citizens and kids alike, not every youngster will pick the game up readily. Your job is to encourage them to play no matter how bad they may seem, so long as they still show signs of enthusiasm toward their actions.
This encouragement can come in various forms. For starters, it is important to instill the confidence into your child's mind that he or she can learn the game and has potential to become good at it.
Second, by investing into a set of golf clubs and a few lessons, you will boost your child's morale to new heights. When your son or daughter sees how special you consider their endeavors about golf to be by bringing home a brand new set of clubs along with golf classes, it shows them that you believe in what they are doing. This support has more power for your kids more than you could ever realize.
Every Child Is Different
When it comes to looking for potential in children for playing golf, you have to understand that every child will learn and adjust at various speeds. Some kids who play golf may not score well because they lack power in hitting the ball long enough. Other children may lack coordination and while they have tremendous power to drive the ball at longer distances, they do not have the ability to control its direction.
Another consideration to keep in mind when looking for your child's potential for golf is to watch how they play. Take a look at their individual shots such as their tee-off, chip shots, and putting. Try to see what areas they excel in as well as the type of scenarios that are holding them back. Do they understand the game or just trying to hit the ball as hard as they can?
This information will help you to determine whether your child is seriously into the game of golf or is just going through another phase that will fizzle out in time.
When Your Child Gets Serious About Golf
For those of you parents who are definitely raising a child that has built a passion for golf, he or she may become interested in junior golf competitions. Such events can be low-profile such as a small tournament at your local golf course, or as popular as the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA).
This can be an exciting time for your children, as well as yourself if you are a golfer like I am. The key here is to understand the difference between pushing your child into competing and simply supporting them. Many overzealous parents have unfortunately soured their son or daughter's taste for golf by coming on too strong and forcing them into playing junior tournaments and other events when they did not really feel comfortable doing so.
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