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Little kids and golf are a wonderful combination. I think we could all agree that one of the most beautiful things to watch on the driving range is the ease and fluidity with which a young boy, or girl, swings a golf club. And I’ll bet that you can’t help but wonder how great a golfer you could have been – if only you had started playing when you were young and infinitely flexible. But now as a parent, or grandparent, you might feel that, even though you missed your chance, you still have the opportunity to give your child that head start needed to be able to play really good golf, and who knows maybe even win a golf scholarship.
Well at least that was my thinking. So I made sure, that early on in their little lives, I took each one of my three granddaughters out to the driving range, and practice green, to introduce them to the wonderful game of golf. But to my dismay they were much more interested in driving the cart than the golf ball. So my dreams of the first Tigeress went unfulfilled – but at least we got to share some fun one-on-one time. I guess that’s not so unusual because so often children don’t necessarily have the same aspirations for themselves as do their parents.
Well perhaps it is best after all to wait until your child comes to you begging for lessons. And how can you be absolutely sure that your child really wants to play golf? Just remember the name Baby James Grimes. At three years old he is an unbelievable golfer.
Great article, I love how you put the video and story together. Thanks so much!!!
Can I get Kyan to help me with my swing? I don’t know if there is a universal age for children to start golfing. Our grandson’s started going to a golf camp at about 9 years of age and they loved it as it included a lot of golf type activities; like trying to hit a velcro ball at one of the pro’s, etc. They really got into golf at about 12-13 yeqars old and have continued to play on the high school golf teams and love the game. Our club in N.C. has a childrens event every week over the summer but it is my impression that those below 8 years are more interested in other parts of the event than golf. One of the things we were very careful about was not to do the swimteam approach and burn them out before high school as we thought this should be a life-long enjoyment.
Thanks for sharing your experience. Kids do what they want to do. Hopefully we are aware enough to nurture their interest, not ours.
The video is great… Just hit the ball. How hard is that ?