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Jason Day's 5 Tips to get your kids to start playing - #3 is key!

Jason Day’s 5 Tips to get your kids to start playing – #3 is key!

Jason Day’s 5 Tips to get your kids to start playing – #3 is key!

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I have always enjoyed teaching kids to play golf.  

The look of thrill in kids’ faces when they hit a good shot always brings a smile to my face.  I have always deemed it to be an honor to start a child on the path to golfing success.  There so many reasons to get your kid(s) started in golf.  Learning honesty, integrity, and respect are just 3 of many life lessons they can learn while starting golf.  Jason Day gives his 5 reasons why you should encourage your children to accompany you to the range the next time you go.  Thanks to Golf Digest and photographer  for this interesting article.

Jason Day's 5 Tips to get your kids started in golf - #3 is key!

 

Welcome to the Family Issue. This is my son, Dash Day, who is 3½. He loves to hit balls. We’re not at the big course just yet, but I’m looking forward to all the rounds we’ll play together. Golf Digest asked me to share what we’ve been working on. Mainly, I just try to keep it fun, but I do certain things that might help you teach your rug rat. No matter what ages you have at home, you’ll find useful information on equipment and trips, plus stories from the tour and more in the coming pages. Although rounds with friends are special, there’s nothing quite like golf when it’s blood on blood.

— With Max Adler

DESIRE

Dash was a year old when he learned to walk, and that’s right about the time he got his first plastic golf club. He’d storm around swinging it one-handed. Six months later, he began gripping the club with two hands, but apart like holding a hockey stick. I figured it was correct enough that his right hand was on the bottom and just let him have at it. Before he turned 2, my friends at TaylorMade sent a cut-down JetSpeed driver. In these photographs, Dash has his new M1 driver. Amazing.

I was kind of pushed into golf as a kid, so I vowed never to do that with my son. My rule is, Dash has to ask me to go to the range. Our family travels to most tournaments in our RV, and our “home” is almost always parked on or near a golf course. So the game is very present in his world. Dash will grab his driver and say, “Hit balls, hit balls.” He really likes it, and watching his face light up when he connects with one brings me great joy.

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‘My only swing thought: hit down on the ball to make it pop up.’

My coach and caddie, Colin Swatton, took me from a 12-year-old to where I am today. If Dash ever decides to pursue golf seriously, I’ll put Col in charge. I’d be too technical a teacher for a junior. For now, I just do my best to make it fun. If that ever stops being enough and Dash wants to play golf to win, that desire will have to come from within. Not from me.


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‘If Dash ever wants to play to win, that desire will have to come from within.’

PATIENCE

No matter how much patience you have, when you become a parent, you find more.

It’s a good thing to have a lot of—in life and in golf. When Dash and I go to the range, I think we both build this quality in ourselves. To even tee a ball is a delicate motor skill at his age, and so to steady his hand, he must really focus and not get unnerved by failure. Me, I’ll be kneeling there, feeding balls and encouragement—not gushing positive feedback, but enough to let him know he’s doing a good job—all while watching that split grip. Once his hands began to migrate closer together, it took more than a month for them to finally touch. A couple times, I did try physically moving his hands and explaining why, but what really worked was Dash watching me hit balls. He understood it on his time. That’s golf.

To see the other 3 tips from Jason – go here!

Source:   Golf Digest

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