Introducing Kids to Golf - Keep it Fun
This is a tip for all you parents out there and it is very important. If you want your child to play golf, the first time he or she goes out on the golf course you need to keep it fun. It has to be a fun, positive experience for them. If they do something that is fun and positive they are going to want to do it again.
I do not know how many times I see parents take kids out on the golf course, start out on the first tee, they will let them hit a ball, they keep the ball on the ground and they let the kid try to keep hitting the ball all the way to the first hole. After the kid gets to the end of the first hole and has taken about 30 or 40 strokes this game does not become much fun for them. What they end up doing is throwing the club down and turning to mom or dad and saying let's go get an ice cream.
Let Kids Tee Up the Ball on Every Shot
When I bring kids out on the golf course for the first time what I have them do is I have them tee the ball up for every shot they hit. When they get in the fairway they tee the ball up. They just want to have fun. They just want to see that ball fly. You are giving them the best chance of hitting a good shot by putting it on a tee, not laying it on the ground. There is plenty of time for that later on. So when you bring your kids out to play golf for the first time you make sure that you keep it fun and your kid walks away with a fun, positive experience that he wants to do it again.