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"Do your Kids Golf?"

Do your kids golf?

My oldest boy, Tucker, loves to play golf! All the pictures below are of him playing in a tournament with golf camp one year.

Golf is one of the few sports you can expect to play for the rest of your life no matter what age, size or shape you are.

Okay, so maybe there are a couple others... such as croquet or shuffle board.

BUT ...just think about the acres of beautifully manicured greens and fairways in the good ole outdoors you can enjoy when playing golf!

The choice is yours!

You can rent a golf cart to take you right to your ball or you can walk the course and breathe in every moment while you observe the scenery.

Kids golf is one of the best games to learn for just the reasons above...

BUT there are many other reasons to love golf.

Why my kids like playing golf:

  • Simple yet challenging game
  • Play at any age
  • Play with anyone
  • Beautiful scenery to enjoy
  • Relaxing and calming
  • Learn respect, discipline, and honesty
  • A game to play outside
  • Gain self-confidence as their game improves
  • Bonds them when they play with friends and family
  • Reduced chance of getting hurt or injured
Kids playing golfMy son Tucker (middle) playing golf with friends at golf camp

Golf is Like Life

One of my favorite movie lines is from “The Legend of Bagger Vance”. Bagger said, “It is a game that can't be won, only played”. Of course he was talking about the game of life in general, but golf comes just as close (hence the reason that line was in a golf movie).

In kids golf it doesn't matter who plays better, they all win. The key is keeping the attitude that they are just playing for fun.

This can be a difficult attitude to keep sometimes simply because kids can be so competitive by nature.

You know the old saying “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game”? This rule definitely applies to playing kids golf.

Carrying golf clubsTucker carrying his golf bag in a tournament

My son, Tucker, plays golf with his father or grandfather whenever they have spare time. They will always be able to play together no matter how good or bad they are at the sport.

Some people do not think of kids golf the same way I do. I don't think it should be a game of competition, but a game of life, like the Bagger Vance movie describes it.

If you take the game too seriously or competitively, I believe you lose the whole idea of the game.

Most people are not going to make a living from playing golf. Most just want to play for the fun of it, so they might as well enjoy it.

There is no need to get upset about a bad swing or missed putt, just simply play the game and enjoy yourself.

So if you’re ready to start, you might be wondering what equipment you will need to play kids golf?

Kids Golf Equipment

Here is a general list of what your kids will need to start playing golf:

Girls Golf Equipment

Junior Girls Golf Club Set
Junior Girls Golf Bag
Junior Girls Golf Apparel
Junior Girls Golf Shoes
Junior Girls Golf Glove

Boys Golf Equipment

Junior Boys Golf Club Set
Junior Boys Golf Bag
Junior Boys Golf Apparel
Junior Boys Golf Shoes
Junior Boys Golf Glove

Do Kids Need to Practice Golf?

I love the discipline golf can teach your child.

Kids golf is such an individual sport. You can play with other people, but how you actually play the game is completely up to each individual person swinging the club.

If you are not playing the game very well, it is nobody’s fault but your own. Naturally people want to play the game well, so the only way they can do that is with self-discipline.

You have to do the work yourself in order to improve your game. You cannot rely on anyone to do that for you.

Sure you can buy fancy golf equipment and kids golf lessons. Those things definitely help, but it still all comes down to practice.

The individual playing the game must practice, there is really no getting around that.

Golf is about spending quality relaxing time together with a friend or family member on a beautiful day. Life is too short, so golf can teach you how to slow down and enjoy it.

“When Should Kids Start Playing Golf?”

We bought my son, Tucker, an over-sized plastic golf club that came with an over-sized plastic golf ball when he was about 18 months old.

He loved that thing!

We showed him how to use it, and then he was playing with it all the time.

He seemed to have some natural ability with kids golf which boosted his confidence from the start, so this made him want to play more.

Kid golf swingTucker swinging a chip shot

He wasn’t really old enough to understand the game of golf, he just liked hitting the ball with the club. This is all you can expect from a child this young.

You don’t want them to hurt themselves, so this is a good way to get them started.

When Tucker turned four, we shortened one of my husband’s old golf clubs for him try. We would let him take practice swings with it in the yard.

Of course we monitored him with it the entire time to be sure he didn't hurt himself or anyone else.

This got him used to the heaviness of a real club, and because it was heavier he learned how to control his swing better.

When he was five we put him in his first golf camp. It was during the morning hours from about 8:30 to 11:30am.

It was a small nine-hole course near our house. They would practice at the driving range then play one round of golf on the course.

This camp would have small competitions each day such as the closest putt or the longest drive.

At the end of the day, they gave out awards to the kids with the best attitude, best form, etc… Usually everyone would get something.

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