The decision to commit your child to an extracurricular activity of any kind is a very important one.
It is a decision that should be weighed very carefully, and based on something your child loves.
Recognizing your child’s golfing potential:
If your child loves golf, then you may want to consider investing in golf lessons for your child. Ways to know for sure is to observe your child’s interest in the sport.
Taking your child out on the green can do this and seeing how much enthusiasm he or she has.
If the child lacks motivation the first couple of times on the course that would be one sign that you may need to help your child pursuer other interests.
If your child does show genuine enthusiasm and you have attempted to teach your child this sport then you will want to evaluate his or her level of playing skills.
If your child performs at an average rate or better for his or her age, then you know your child may have potential. You also know if your child has potential if that child is willing to work hard and does not give up.
With considerable effort on both your part and your child’s part and your child still shows not much sign of improvement this could be a sensitive situation.
In this case, you may have to tactfully suggest giving golf a rest for a while, and encourage that child to try again when he or she is older.
Age can make all the difference in some cases. In the mean time your child has the time to find other areas of interest, such as music, art, or even another sport that is more of your child’s forte.
Sometimes age does not matter, and the child is just purely not interested or just plain old not good at golf.
However, by the time the child has recognized this they will have found other activities to participate in. this does not mean that a child should give up. In most cases a child will be perfectly capable of playing this sport if that child really wants to do so. Again, a little encouragement goes a long way in this case.
If you have determined that your child has potential by one or more of the above factors, you can sign that child up for golf school. In addition, you can encourage that child to participate in local golfing events with other children of similar age groups.
Another great form of practice for a child is to start out playing miniature golf. Miniature golf is much like regular golf, only that the course is much smaller. In addition, it contains carnival-like obstacle elements, which make achieving a hole-in-one more of a challenge despite the smaller course area.
After your child has shown a considerable amount of practice, or has won some games, you will want to consider buying your child a more state-of-the-art golf equipment.
Now would the appropriate time to consider having golf clubs custom made for your child. Clubs especially made for a child are tailored to a child’s playing ability and style, will greatly increase your child’s chance of success in the golf world.
If you are a parent who is at least moderately proficient in golf, you can also practice with your child. You can guide your child as he or she experiments with different swinging techniques, and you can help your child perfect putting techniques. If you can teach your child strokes that would increase your child’s chance of attaining a hole-in-one on the green, then all the better.
Additional resources are available for children as well. For instance they can visit the websites of pros, to learn how they have become successful. For every child to be successful they need a role model. Your child can also read free educational and informational articles on both children’s sites and adult’s sites.
Videos and audio presentations can also be useful in teaching child golf as well. Sometimes these are found online, or you can find these in a video store. These are useful because they can watch how a pro swings a club, and they can imitate that pro while viewing the instructional video.
Every little bit that you can do to help your child learn golf will help you to recognize his or her potential in the game.