5 top ways to get your children into golf

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Starting kids off on the right track can lead to a lifelong love of the game.

Ryan Barath

Golf is a game that can be played for a lifetime, and along with learning a skill that requires hand-eye coordination, it is a game that can help build confidence and important social skills, along with relationships.

As someone who got into golf as a child and now has children who are starting to show an interest in the game, these are the top ways that I have found can increase interest and, more importantly, fun.

Start with the basics

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When it comes to getting kids started with any activity, it is all about getting them set up as quickly as possible with a few fundamentals and letting them explore how they want to interact with the game. One of the best fundamentals for kids to learn is where to aim, and how to properly hold the club — within reason, of course.

If they want to hold it like a hockey stick, or even cross-handed, let them do it, but using a training grip on a big oversized driver (we’ll get to that part in a moment), can help them naturally grip the club in a proper position without any (annoying and boring) extra instruction.

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The right equipment

Having the right-sized equipment for a child is crucial for starting any activity, and golf is no different.

Gone is the era of cutting down adult clubs and just throwing a grip on them. Junior clubs are extremely lightweight, and that lighter weight makes them easy to swing and super forgiving.

Even if you just start with a driver and a putter, a couple of properly fit clubs are a lot better than a full set of bad ones.

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Always make it fun

If there is one thing kids are, it is full of honesty, and if they’re not having fun they’ll tell you really quickly. With that in mind, doing small things that can help make the activity more fun and engaging goes a long way.

Anything from hitting old golf balls into a pond on the course, to having a few extra snacks (more on this momentarily), or even a Bluetooth speaker with their favorite tunes can make the time on the range, putting green, or course a lot more fun.

Of course, playing a few holes with a cart is always a fun option for almost any kid, but be sure to follow safety guidelines, along with never leaving them in a cart unattended and removing the key anytime you step away.

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Create positive association

It’s human nature to create outside associations with other positive experiences and things we enjoy. For children, this means offering up something that you know will be a win-win, either before or after some time at the course or range.

In most cases, it doesn’t have to be anything big, and in fact, something as simple as time at the park or a fun snack on the patio can help create this association. I quickly learned this after we took our oldest out for lunch after some time at the range The next thing we knew, golf and tacos were a thing!

Celebrate small wins

As any golfer will attest, golf is full of constant failure, and for beginners — especially kids — it is important to make sure that time spent around the game is a positive one.

Every shot, every attempted putt, and even just something as simple as helping rake a bunker is a great way to offer encouragement. Beyond the fun of hitting golf balls into a pond, another great way for kids new to the game to see success is by hitting shots from the top of a hill, since it only takes a small amount of contact to get the ball moving forward and going as far as gravity will take it.

Ryan Barath

Golf.com Editor

Ryan Barath is GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com’s senior editor for equipment. He has an extensive club-fitting and -building background with more than 20 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. Before joining the staff, he was the lead content strategist for Tour Experience Golf, in Toronto, Canada.