Now that the weather is starting to cool down, golf lovers near and far will start flocking to Arizona’s numerous award-winning golf courses for an unbeatable day on the greens.
Before you take your kids to the local course, consider these tips below:
- Make it Fun: Remind your kids (and yourself) that it’s just a game! Remember that they don’t want complicated lecturing. Let them move around freely and learn organically at first. When your child hits the ball, say “Great shot!”, and if they miss, be sure to say “Nice try!” The pros might not want their ball splashing into the pond of no return, but trust me; your kids will think it’s the greatest part of the day.
- Give them the Right Tools: Many problems when junior golfers are first starting out are directly related to equipment. Whether a club is too long, stiff, or heavy, all of that will affect their first impression of the game. Make sure they have the right tools, as well as clothing, so they are comfortable during the already-challenging first learning phase.
- Know When to Play: Try taking the kids to the course late in the evening, or when it’s not crowded. That way you don’t have to worry about holding up the group behind you while your child is chasing the ball around. Many courses offer special times set aside for junior golfers for this reason.
- Start with the Putt: Teaching kids how to putt is a good place to start. Besides the fact that putting is the most crucial aspect to scoring well in golf, it is also the simplest stroke. Kids can usually perform a basic putting stroke and strike the ball. This will build their confidence as they see they can do it.
- End with the Swing: Allow kids to swing freely at first with whatever comes naturally. Kids will usually start with a huge swing. If they miss the ball, have them take half swings to promote contact and confidence. The thing to watch as far as correcting form is movement of the feet. Kids tend to step around while swinging.
Kids play free every day with a paying adult after 3:00 p.m. at Quintero Golf Club. For more information, visit quinterogolf.com.
Written by: Mike Poe
With more than 20 years of experience in the golf industry, Mike Poe is currently head of the Golf Program at Quintero Golf Club. Located near Lake Pleasant in Peoria, Quintero Golf Club has been ranked the Best Public Golf Course by both Golf Digest and Golf Weekly Magazine. For more information, visit quinterogolf.com.