Top 5 Golf Tips For Kids in 2022

Top 5 Golf Tips For Kids in 2022

This article provides resources to help you find the best kids golf lessons near you. It also provides guidance on the right age for kids to start golf lessons, if you should consider individual kids golf lessons vs. kids group golf lessons (e.g. junior golf academies and golf camps). Golf summer camps are one great options and vary from beginner camps to elite camps at large D1 colleges. Finally, we also provide guidance on how to choose the right golf instructor for your junior. Golf Course for Kids

Let Them Call The Shots

We all want our children to learn the game the right way. As golfers, we also have firm notions as to what the “right” way is and tend to teach by rote, as if we were in school. For a young child, this is not the way to go. Learning the correct grip may be fundamental, but to a fertile, inquisitive mind, the grip can be drudgery. The kid just wants to have fun. Let them explore the game on their own at the outset. Follow them around and explain the things they’re curious about. The rule of thumb is this: You are there to do what they want to do, not what you want them to do.

Maximize Practice Time

What’s the best time to take kids to the course? Try late in the evening or at a time when it’s not crowded. That way if your kid wants to hit and chase the ball or sink putts from two inches over and over or rake every bunker, you don’t have to worry about holding up the group behind you. Some courses reserve times and areas for children.

Keep It Fun

When you take your young kids to the golf course, remember that they don’t need or want complicated instruction, lecturing or advice. What they need and yearn for is unadulterated praise. When your 7-year-old hits a good shot, say “Great shot!” When he hits a bad shot, exclaim, “Great swing!” I used to love to take my kids to the course late in the day when no one was around. We’d find a water hazard and purposely hit balls into the water. Young children for some reason are enthralled by watching the splash, and it guarantees they’ll have a good time — and they’ll beg you to take them again.

Give Them the Right Equipment

Two common problems juniors have are directly related to equipment. First, they’re using clubs that are too long, too stiff and too. The second problem is a result of the first one: With a club that is too long, too stiff and too heavy, a smaller player swings on an arc that is too flat relative to his height, so the swing bottoms out behind the ball. And simply cutting the shafts down to a shorter length isn’t the right answer. A slow-swinging young player already has enough trouble getting the ball to fly at the right trajectory. Stiff, heavy clubs with grips that are too big for him will just make that more difficult.

Communicate On Their Level

Everything you say should be expressed at the child’s level, and I mean that literally. Don’t stand when you talk; kneel down and look the child in the eye. Watch what you say, and how you say it. Even adults struggle with terminology, so I really simplify things. Rather than say “wide arc,” I say “big circle.” Instead of challenging them to make a “descending blow,” I ask them to “thump the ground.” Children must comprehend an idea before they can execute it. Don’t let a small thing grown-ups take for granted — like sticking a tee in the ground — become a frustration. Be ready to lend a helping hand.