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Keeping Your Kids Interested In Golf

Golf is unlike almost any other sport. It is a long game and requires a good bit of practice if you want to get your score down. Unfortunately, kids can be quick at losing concentration in the middle of a golf game. Playing 18 holes of golf can be difficult on any kid. However, there are so many benefits to kids playing golf including burning calories, learning positive competitive behaviors, and developing critical thinking skills. One study even showed that golfers could burn up to 721 calories by walking and carrying their own clubs. If you have tried to get your kids involved in playing golf and they still aren’t showing any interest, here are some tips to help.

Reduce Their Frustration

It can be frustrating to line up your ball at the tee only to know you have to make it travel a good 300 yards. This seems like such a big feat for a child. Instead of requiring them to do something that is geared more towards adults, you could help eliminate their frustration by moving their ball up a good 150 yards. By moving the ball and allowing them to drive it much closer to the hole, they are still learning about the game and practicing their skills. This puts it more in range with what they are capable of until they improve their skills further. 

Start Slow

Not every golf course is best for kids to play on. You want to check out what the course looks like and how many hazards it has around each hole. There are par threes located all over the country. Par threes are much shorter and make it easier for kids who are still learning the game. Before hitting a major course, you may want to try playing a par three with your child until they are comfortable on the golf course. You can also try taking them to the local driving range and letting them practice their different strokes. They should have the opportunity to try putting, driving, and chipping. 

Create Small Goals

When you feel like you have unattainable goals, it is much harder to concentrate on the individual stroke. When helping your child, you want to focus on each stroke separately. For example, if they have a long putt, then you may want to have them try and break the distance in half. This will help them learn how to control their putting and also avoid over doing it so that the ball goes beyond the hole. 

If you’re unsure, consider contacting a local golf course, such as Chaska Town Course, to discuss kid friendly approaches to their course.