Introducing a Toddler to Golf

Okay, so I still harbour some secret hopes of raising a professional golfer even though Gavin’s reaction to physical activity and adventure has been less than enthusiastic so far.  My attempts to get him interested in golf haven’t been too successful.  I tried to play golf with him on the Wii but he soon tired of it.  He didn’t enjoy watching golf on TV because it was too boring.  He watched Daddy playing golf (albeit on the Wii) but wasn’t keen to pick it up.

Well, I have learned a thing or two since then and that is to engaged all the senses of your child when you want to give them the best chance of developing an interest.  The best way to is physically offer them as much sensory input on the game as possible – i.e. handle the equipment, get on the green, etc.

Since my attempts to take him to classes haven’t been very inspiring, I have hesitating over taking him to golf school.  I didn’t want him to balk at having golf lessons and destroy his whole experience for the game so I knew I needed to do something to secure his interest before walking into a golf school.

I wanted to buy him a toy golf set but he wasn’t interested. We were in Toys ‘R’ Us and I asked him several times but he kept saying, “No.”  Daddy, on the other hand, was more pro-active and bought him a set of toy golf clubs anyway.  When he brought it home, Gavin couldn’t get enough of his new golf clubs.

Note to self: Just because Gavin says “no” in the shop doesn’t mean he won’t enjoy playing with it when he’s at home.  I’ve already proven that theory a couple of other times with various books.

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Note to self: Just because Gavin says “no” in the shop doesn’t mean he won’t enjoy playing with it when he’s at home.  I’ve already proven that theory a couple of other times with various books.

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So Daddy started giving him some pointers on how to stand, hold the club and hit the ball.

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Then it was his turn to give it a go on his own.

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It went well for a while, until he started trying to play “hockey” with his golf clubs.

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Ah well, he’s enjoying himself and he loves his new golf clubs.  At the end of the day, that’s what counts.

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At least there’s still hope for Gavin to develop a deeper interest in golf…

In conclusion, if you want your child to develop an interest in a sport, expose them to all the physical elements of the sport.  Let him handle the equipment, see the environment where the sport is played, and play the game himself.

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