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When Should Your Child Start Playing Golf?

February 24, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 141

Many parents wonder what age to start getting their children involved in sports. They don't want to pressurize their children but they also want them to be active and healthy. So when is the right age for your child to start playing golf?

I would say it's never to early. There are so many great products out there for toddlers. Purchasing one of these when your child is 2-3 years old is a fantastic idea. It's fun. It's safe. Your child can play indoors and turn your living room into a putting green.

The benefits for children playing sports are enormous. With any sport, there's the opportunity for your child to build their self-esteem and confidence which is so important for your child. In school, children who are involved with sports tend to perform better and are more focused. They learn time management skills and lead a more healthy, active lifestyle than their peers who are not playing sports.

Golf is a great game to introduce your kids to sports, especially if you are an avid golfer. Children learn by imitating their parents and chances are they will share the same enthusiasm for golf as you do. But even if you're not a golfer, it's never too late to start. Golf is a family game. It can provide an opportunity for you to really bond with your children.

If you want to start your kids off and they're under 5. Plastic golf sets are a great idea. Start off with putting and keep it simple and easy. Let your child gain confidence with every put by starting only a few inches away, gradually making the puts more difficult as they improve.

For older children, many golf companies make miniature sets with the same technology they use for your clubs, just made small enough to suit your child. These sets are sold with suggested height measurements so pay more attention to those rather than the age.

If your child isn't entirely sold on the game of golf, try renting a golf game for their Wii, PlayStation or whichever game console they use. This is a great way to introduce the rules and club selection to your child. This is also a good tip if it's the middle of winter and your child is interested in playing. Why wait several months when they could get a feel for the game of golf through a gaming console?

No matter what age your child is, it's important to remember that golf is a game. You shouldn't be coaching your child. Putting pressure on your kids can turn them off golf for life. Relax and have fun. Start small by putting in your living room or setting up an area in your backyard to put and chip.

Golf offers so many benefits for children that will help them in various areas of their lives. They can build their confidence, make new friends, spend quality time with their family and live a healthy, active lifestyle. Golf clubs designed for children come in various price ranges and are worth looking into if your kids are interested in golf.

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