Maybe your child has expressed an interest in golf on their own or maybe they’re following in a family member’s footsteps. Either way, you find yourself with a junior Arnold Palmer looking to take up the game. And why not? Aside from encouraging children to get outside and be active, golf offers many other benefits like family fun, a lifetime hobby, and valuable life skills like focus, determination and patience. Here are a few tips to help youngsters get started the right way, save yourself some money and spend time enjoying the game together.
Once they express interest in upping their golf game, make sure to get in practice time when the course isn’t busy so kids can drive, putt and chase to their heart’s content without holding up the groups behind you.
Keep It Fun
Get kids out on the green even if they only want to hit a few holes before hitting the club house. Make your time there enjoyable too! Give lots of praise and keep constructive criticism to a minimum. Instead, find something to compliment on each shot.
Coach at Their Level
Keep age in mind when coaching your child, get down to their level and watch how you say and what you say. Keep it simple, and if necessary, use visuals instead of verbals.
“Golf combines two favorite American pastimes; taking long walks and hitting things with a stick.” – P.J. O’Rourke
Give Them The Right Equipment
Golf clubs and accessories can be incredibly expensive. To keep kids in properly sized clubs, parents have had no alternative but to buy entirely new sets of clubs each time their child grows as little as 3 inches. If a child starts playing at age 6 or 7, the cost of clubs grows to more than $2000, easily an expense that many parents aren’t able to afford.
Because of this, golf clubs tends to be an area that gets compromised either staying in clubs that are too short and light or getting the next size up thinking they’ll just grow into them. Unfortunately, it’s very important that kids are equipped with properly fitting gear. As kids grow, their clubs need to get longer and heavier. If kids play with equipment that’s too big or small, they develop bad habits.
Thankfully, there is a solution! Check out this Kickstarter by DV8 Sports. Their newest product, EPEC Upgradeable Junior Golf Clubs actually grows with your child. With their patented technology, junior golfers will only need to upgrade to a single, longer shaft and adjust iron heads using EPEC’s innovative head weighting system. Over the course of a junior golfer’s play, EPEC can save parents as much as 50-60 percent as compared to traditional alternatives.
A brilliant idea in it’s Kickstarter stages, you can get in on the ground floor and for a donation of just $200, contributors will receive a seven club set that will end up retailing for $350 after the Kickstarter campaign ends. So not only will parents save $150 now, but they also save thousands over the lifetime of their EPEC set.
Thank you EPEC Golf for sponsoring this conversation. All opinions remain our own.