When to Introduce Children to Golf

By Ty Andersen

How Old to Start Playing Golf?

I get a lot of phone calls from parents asking me the same thing, do I teach kids. Well of course I do. Then they ask me the next question which is how old do I teach the kids. I kind of have a stock answer that I give them, and I am not trying to be flip with them, but I just tell them that I don't take ID cards, I don't check ID cards. The point being that when I am working with a kid I need two things.

  1. I need an attention span
  2. I need comprehension

If I can get that out of any kid, I can teach them. With that said, I have given private lessons to kids that are four, four-and-a-half years old. Why? Because they had that attention span and that comprehension, even if that lesson only lasted about 20 or 25 minutes. Also, I have kids out there that are nine and 10 years old that I would not want to touch with a 10-foot pole. Why? Because they just can't give me an attention span or they just want to be out there fooling around.

Golf Interest Should Come from Child, Not Parents

So if you want to know whether your son or daughter is ready to come play golf, number one, hopefully there is an interest there that is coming from them, not from the parents. But if you still want to find out whether you kids want to play golf, make sure they have an attention span and they can comprehend. If they can do that, then we can work with them.


Category: General
Sub Categories: Psychology

About the Instructor

Ty Andersen
Ty Andersen
Director, The Ty Andersen Golf Academy
Highland Oaks Golf Course
904 Royal Parkway
Dothan, Alabama 36305
Phone: 239-272-7086
E-mail: TyPgaPro@aol.com

Ty Andersen serves as Director of Instruction at The Ty Andersen Golf Academy, and has been named one of the Top 50 Kids Teachers by the US Kids Golf Company. He has developed seven different teaching programs that are registered with the PGA.