Golf is an interesting sport that can be played by just anyone and at any age. It is often viewed as a game that is honorable and where the players display concern and respect for others. The principles as well as etiquettes learnt during the game of golf will stay with you beyond the golf course too, thus making you better human beings.
With such qualities within a game, would you not want your child to start learning this sport at the right age? But, first and foremost, even if you love the sport and want to instill the virtues the sport of golf brings with it, into your child, it must be left on to your little one to decide whether he or she likes golf and wants to learn it further. As a parent you can give the exposure and take of the following points to get them started.
4 things you should consider to help your child start playing golf
- Getting started with the correct equipment
It is very important to get the equipment that is especially made for juniors and kids. There are a number of kids golf clubs available to choose from along with complete sets as well. Earlier, the clubs used by adults were cut down to size for kids. But, this did not cut down on the weight of the club, thus making it difficult for even the most athletic built child to handle the clubs properly. This, in turn, affects the swing and thereby consequently the game. Thus, it is very important to get your child started on the game with the right kind of clubs and equipment.
- Choosing the right instructor
An instructor is the one who will not only teach your child about the rules and principles of the game but also incorporate the right values and the attitude required to play. An instructor must be chosen with care because he will be the one that will influence your child and help him develop a love for the game.
- Choosing where to play the game
Earlier golf courses might not have entertained children onto the field, preferring professionals and avid golfers instead. But the scenario has changed drastically. Many golf courses have scheduled special timings to let juniors play exclusively. Also, many golf courses are encouraging family ‘tee’ time when the entire family can enjoy the sport together.
- Choosing the appropriate outfit for golf
Along with the above essential choices, you need to ensure that your child dresses up for the part of a little golfer accordingly. The foremost thing to look out for is comfort and ease. A basic golfer wardrobe consists of classic t-shirts in varied solid colours, accompanied by cotton pants or shorts. Golf accessories, such as a cap and gloves along with comfortable shoes and socks, must not be forgotten.
These are a few of the basics needed to get started on the sport.
Now that you have gotten the sports basics sorted for your child to start playing golf, it’s time for you to let go and let your child enjoy being a mini-golfer. All you have to do is to choose the equipment, his or her outfit, a qualified instructor and the golf course where your child will play safely.