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Your Child is Prepared for a Golf Tournament - Are You?

Your Child is Prepared for a Golf Tournament – Are You?

Your Child is Prepared for a Golf Tournament – Are You?

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 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 recently coached a young boy who played in several U.S. Kids Golf tournaments.

U.S. Kids Golf is a terrific organization that helps kids learn golf and builds family interaction. They do a great job of teaching and encouraging the kids, plus they organize age-appropriate competitions for them. These Junior players are mostly wonderful kids and just want the chance to play and maybe dream of a golf career like their idols on the Tour.

The parents are a whole different aspect of junior golf competition.

I just read an article posted by jblack for MyLittleGolfers, and I agree with 2 of his 3 directives. Black’s first piece of advice refers to the parent(s) as the teacher(s), and I strongly suggest that the child works with a non-related golf instructor instead of Dad or Mom. In my lengthy teaching career, I’ve seen resentment and tears when the coach is a parent, and I’ve seen success when the coach is a professional instructor with some experience with youngsters.

Your Child is Prepared for a Golf Tournament - Are You?

A Universal Truth… all parents want their children to be successful.

Just returning from a wonderful experience at the US Kids World Golf Championship where thousands of kids from all over the country converged on the historic Pinehurst Resort for the “big tournament” of the year for youth golfers worldwide.  Seeing these children, with their “daddy caddies” walk the courses for 3 days was a cherished moment for building lifelong memories.

Inspired to share some observations, I wanted to write a blog around the “learning of competition” for a child, but as I started writing, I transitioned to “The Line” for parents who have children playing competitive golf.  What I mean by “The Line”… is that point in which a parent crosses where their actions/motivation strategies, etc turns from being constructive to destructive.

First off, The Line is a moving line.  It is different for each parent–child relationship as well as the timing related to the event.  With respect to competition, The Line moves as a child builds up for the tournament, during the tournament and after the tournament.  My goal is that this blog might highlight to parents to observe The Line, in hopes they don’t sacrifice short term success for the long term loss.

To read more on how to prepare for your child’s tournament, click here.

Source: My Little Golfers

Pictures: Aberdeen Proving Ground

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