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Do you want your child to love golf - Follow this 8 step guide!

Do you want your child to love golf – Follow this 8 step guide!

Do you want your child to love golf – Follow this 8 step guide!
 
Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Do you want your child to love golf - Follow this 8 step guide!

Parents, get out of the way and let them play golf!

The sad reality is that the majority of young athletes, including young golfers, drop out of competitive sports by the time they reach the age of 14.  A study from the National Alliance of Sports tells us that more than 70 percent of young athletes leave competitive sports by that age. Why? It has nothing to do with the game. It likely isn’t the competition, the work involved or the effort required.  Instead, it is the young people’s greatest fans, their parents — and sometimes their coaches — who take the fun away and make the experience of sports too complicated for the child to enjoy.

Instead of the pure joy of playing and achieving, young golfers get bogged down by heavy expectations, the pressure to win, and other complications introduced by the very adults who are most invested in them playing the sport. This may not be you, but for the sake of organized youth sports, please read on. And if you agree with what’s written, pass this story on.

Egos Run Amok.

I’ve run a number of sessions on high performance for young golfers recently; a hot topic is always pressure and how young golfers handle it. Part of the complication is that mom and/or dad are often the biggest source of pressure. They create expectations that might be difficult to reach, and over time, that sucks the fun out of the game for their kids.

Is it really about the kids or the parents’ egos? The kids, with their $300 shoes, top-of-the-line equipment, and bag full of Pro Vs look like mini-professionals, one step from the tour. What starts out as a desire to have their kids be active and play their parent’s favorite game can sometimes shift into something else. Motives change, and often not for the better.

Do You Have a Frustration Gap?

Many parents see their child on the course or the practice tee as what they’d like their child to be, and not what their child actually is. I call this the Frustration Gap. Parents watch their kids perform and the frustration builds … and builds … and builds as the parent waits for the child to reach the performance level the parent hopes to see.

While this frustration is not much fun for the parent, it is less fun for the child, who is constantly trying to live up to the parent’s expectations. Usually, those expectations are unrealistic, and not in line with the child’s abilities or motivations. This tension is a performance crusher, and can lead a child in the wrong direction – sometimes out of the game for good.

The Mini-Van Golf Prison.

Is your vehicle a Mini-Van Golf Prison, a place your child is trappedas you express your frustration with his or her performance? While most parents have good intentions for these chats, their budding professional becomes the target for all sorts of emotions felt by the parent while watching their child and expecting more.

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Source: John Haime  Golfwrx

Pictures: Peter Mackey   Golfwrx

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Encourage your kids to play golf and they will thank you forever!

Encourage your kids to play golf and they will thank you forever!

Encourage your kids to play golf and they will thank you forever!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

There are several reasons why your child should be encouraged to play golf.  Here are 4 of the most important.

1. Golf breeds honesty and integrity.  When you play with others who call penalties on themselves, You correct your scorecard before you sign it, etc!

2. Golf breeds camaraderie.  Playing with friends and learning to encourage each other!

3. Being on time.  When you play golf you have a tee time.  Miss that and you do not play!  Understanding that there are consequences for your actions!

4. Work ethic.  Understanding that nothing comes easy and hard work on the range pays off on the course.  Later they realize the same thing applies to life!

 

Encourage your kids to play golf and they will thank you forever!

Source: Mel Sole Golf School

Pictures: Pinterest   Sose2015.com

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15 Reasons to Take Your Kid to the Course - #4 is important!

15 Reasons to Take Your Kid to the Course – #4 is important!

15 Reasons to Take Your Kid to the Course – #4 is important!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

I have always believed that to grow and sustain the golf game, we have to concentrate on the kids.  

In today’s world, parents attend their child’s activities.  If the child plays basketball, football, baseball, etc. The parents (who used to be golfers) are now forfeiting their own pleasures to support their child on the field.  

However, if we can encourage the kids to come to clinics, play golf on the course and let them see that this is a game of a lifetime.  Maybe, just maybe, children will say to their parents, “Hey, Dad/Mom, can we go to the course to practice and play today?”  Although Babble.com supports “Take your Kid to the Course Week,”  I don’t think it should be a week.  But an ongoing effort to find the next Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, or Jordan Spieth out there.  This is how we’ll grow the game!

The National Golf Course Owners Association.

It is Take A Kid To The Course week where is trying to grow the game by encouraging people to bring their kids.

Golf is an expensive, tempermental sport. Usually people bringing kids to the golf course would be frowned upon, it’s slow enough as it is on the weekends already. But, during this week, we encourage kids to come with their parents to learn about the game and have the seeds planted that could turn them into the next Rory McIlroy or Michelle Wie.

Last week we took a vacation at a resort that doesn’t just let kids golf for free one week of the year, they encourage them to come all the time. Kids always golf free at Copper Point, and so I took advantage by bringing my 6 yr old to play a round with me. Now that’s a little young to be hitting the ball down a 400 yd par 4, and I was a little nervous about bringing him with me. He’d only been to the driving range with me twice and, while he likes the game, he is still only 6 and I was worried about his attention span.

To Bring kids to the course is something that is usually met with displeasure. 

But with the encouragement of the course, I brought him along and we had a blast. Whether it’s Take A Kid To The Course Week, or any week, here’s what you should know when you bring your kids to play golf with you, and why you should make it a habit.Screen-Shot-2013-07-06-at-6.45.59-PM

15 Reasons to Take Your Kid to the Course - #4 is important!

Bring your kid to the course!

  • It’s also just a great chance to spend some Parent/Child time. At the end of our round, I removed my hat and shook my son’s hand and said “nice round.”

  • Check out the rest of the slideshow here – Bring Your Kid To The Course 1 of 16
  • 15 Reasons to Take Your Kid to the Course - #4 is important!

    Whether it’s free or not, driving range or a full round, here are some things you should know about bringing your kid to the course and how to make it the best day ever.

Source: Babble.com

Pictures: Babble.com   Scottish Government

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10 Tips To Hook Your Kids on the Game of a Lifetime!

10 Tips To Hook Your Kids on the Game of a Lifetime!

10 Tips To Hook Your Kids on the Game of a Lifetime!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

With the school season coming to an end, families are looking to spend time together.

Introduce your kids to golf the right way, and they’ll be your playing partners for life. Starting them young is much easier than trying to get them to play as teenagers. It will also be an advantage later when they are immersed in the business world.

To hook your child on golf, it’s got to be FUN. You can’t hold them to boring, restrictive things like rules when they are very young. They’ll lose interest quickly. And you must celebrate the good shots and ignore the poor ones. Smile and laugh and be silly whenever possible so that they catch the ‘fun’ factor.

I like this story by John Elliott Jr for Golf Digest, with his 10 simple tips to hook your child forever on golf.

10 Tips To Hook Your Kids on the Game of a Lifetime!

Bing Singhsumelee is a budding superstar!

The smiling prodigy you see here is Bing Singhsumelee.

She is 6 years old, lives in a Chicago suburb, plays the violin and just started figure skating. She also is a golfer who has the best swing for a child I’ve seen in 30 years of teaching. Watching Bing hit balls is a breathtaking experience. At 40 pounds, Bing drives the ball 75 yards, dead straight, virtually every time. She putts like a dream.

Though Bing’s technique is almost flawless, what her parents and I are most proud of is her outlook on the game. To Bing, golf is fun, pure and simple. She is blithely unaware of the game’s frustrations. It is all a joy. She’s learning the game the right way.

Teaching young children is a privilege and a huge responsibility. The challenge is to cultivate their skills while sustaining their interest and preserving the joy. Over the years, I’ve come up with 10 rules that every parent and instructor should apply in a child’s formative years. The reward is a happy smile and the knowledge you’ve given them a game they’ll enjoy for a lifetime.

10 Tips To Hook Your Kids on the Game of a Lifetime!

1. Let the child call the shots.

We all want our children to learn the game the right way. As golfers, we also have firm notions as to what the “right” way is and tend to teach by rote, as if we were in school.

For a young child, this is not the way to go. Learning the correct grip may be fundamental, but to a fertile, inquisitive mind, the grip can be drudgery. The kid just wants to have fun. Let them explore the game on their own at the outset. Follow them around and explain the things they’re curious about. The rule of thumb is this: You are there to do what they want to do, not what you want them to do.

2. Do more ‘playing’ than teaching.

A 6-year-old’s attention span is excruciatingly short. They don’t really focus until the ball is on the tee, waiting to be struck. With that, the lesson should not last longer than 30 minutes. Furthermore, the 30 minutes should be broken down into 10 minutes of actual teaching and 20 minutes of playing. I don’t mean playing in the golf sense; I mean drawing faces on your golf gloves or playing catch with a golf ball. The idea is for the child to equate going to the golf course with amusement. This may be difficult, especially if you’re paying for the lesson. But the kid will gravitate toward learning golf in good time.

3. Share the joy of a job well done.

When Bing does something well, I don’t just commend her. We celebrate. We jump up and down. Enthusiasm and excitement, felt and expressed without restraint, increases the child’s desire to please, learn and excel. The best way to boost a kid’s ego is to diminish your own. I found this out when my own children were small, and it works wonders with Bing.

10 Tips To Hook Your Kids on the Game of a Lifetime!

Learning golf is fun for both the teacher and the student!

Act like a kid again. Simply do what a child does — smile and laugh a lot. I leave nothing in the bag. I’ve done a one-minute puppet show with my headcovers. I’ve talked in rhymes. Anything to make being with the instructor, and learning how to play golf, more appealing for the child.

4. Communicate on their level.

Everything you say should be expressed at the child’s level, and I mean that literally. Don’t stand when you talk; kneel down and look the child in the eye. Watch what you say, and how you say it. Even adults struggle with terminology, so I really simplify things for Bing. Rather than say “wide arc,” I say “big circle.” Instead of challenging her to make a “descending blow,” I ask her to “thump the ground.” She doesn’t “pivot,” she “turns.” Children must comprehend an idea before they can execute it.

Don’t let a small thing grown-ups take for granted — like sticking a tee in the ground — become a frustration. Be ready to lend a helping hand.

5. Tee it up in more ways than one.

To establish an early pattern of success, I insist on teeing the ball on every shot with every club. With Bing that was an adventure. Her tiny thumb wasn’t strong enough to insert the tee into the ground. Once she got the tee in, it was too crooked to hold the ball. Even when I straightened the tee for her, balancing the ball atop it was a big test for her. Have some empathy. Tasks we take for granted — putting on a glove and fastening it, for example — are tough for kids.

6. Be ready to help at every turn.

To see the next 5 tips on getting your child hooked on golf, click here.

Source: Golf Digest  John Elliott Jr

Pictures: Sam Greenwood   Fort Rucker

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Cool and Fun New Golf Accessories for your Child.

Cool and Fun New Golf Accessories for your Child.

Cool and Fun New Golf Accessories for your Child.

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

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Cool and Fun New Golf Accessories for your Child.

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There are great selections of cool junior golf hats that will protect young faces from the harsh sun.

Let the kids choose from a myriad of golf balls. . . but encourage them to choose a softer, low compression ball, more appropriate for their swing speed, rather than just picking the one that their favorite pro plays. Learn more by clicking on the Junior Golf World’s story. (link below)

 

Cool and Fun New Golf Accessories for your Child.

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Junior golf gloves and bags offer some charming styles for golfer girls and feature plenty of ‘guy style’ bags for male players. Ensure the bags are lightweight, durable, and lots of extra pockets and are the right fit for the clubs. Click on the link below to see some elegant stuff from Junior Golf World.

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Is your Child Ready to try his or her skills at Augusta National?

Is your Child Ready to try his or her skills at Augusta National?

Is your Child Ready to try his or her skills at Augusta National?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Who could forget the 2014 Drive, Chip, and Putt Championship at Augusta National?

We watched 11-year-old Leo Cheng drain a putt that Rory McIlroy would be proud of.  And 8-year-old Kelly Xu showed skills equal to Lydia Ko’s! Kelly also holds a historical record.  The first female champion at Augusta National Golf Club.

Is your Child Ready to try his or her skills at Augusta National?

Parents are keen for their children to play at Augusta National.

The Master’s Tournament, United States Golf Association (USGA), and the PGA of America officially opened the 2016 Drive, Chip, and Putt Championship.  By announcing the qualifying schedule.  For young golfers hoping to earn an invitation to next year’s National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club.

Registration for the 2016 Drive, Chip, and Putt Championship will begin on Thursday, January 22nd. Click here to register for a competition.

This youth golf development initiative will again include boys and girls ages 7-15.  They will compete in separate divisions in four age categories. In only its third year, the Drive, Chip, and Putt Championship will provide playing opportunities throughout all 50 states during May, June, July, and August. Top performers at the local level will advance through sub-regional and regional qualifiers in July/August and September. The top 80 performers – 40 boys and 40 girls – will earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National on Sunday, April 3, the eve of the 2016 Masters.

The breakdown and schedule of the 2016 Drive, Chip, and Putt Championship qualifying are as follows:

Stage 1. Local Qualifying. (May-August.)

Qualifying rounds are played at 255 host sites spread throughout all 50 states. Three juniors advance in each age and gender category from every venue.

Stage 2. Sub-Regional Qualifying. (July – August.)

Two juniors advance in each age and gender category from every 50 host sites.  Spread in 45 states across the country.

Stage 3. Regional Qualifying. (September.)

One junior will advance each age and gender category.  And rounds will be played at 10 host sites in 10 defined regions.

Stage 4. Championship Final. (April 3, 2016.)

Is your Child Ready to try his or her skills at Augusta National?

The remaining 80 participants will play at the Finals at the  Augusta National Golf Club.

Click here for a full list of qualifying venues at the local and sub-regional levels.

Source: drivechipandputt.com  progolfnow.com

Pictures: Tim Evanson     Mike Mahaffie

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