Ok, we've decided to get our child some golf clubs and we're gonna get them to the range.
How do I ensure the clubs fit him/her?
Don't do what many parents do and go out and buy a set of clubs. Go to the local driving range. Find out where the used clubs are and find one or two irons, say a seven or an eight iron that fits your child. Fit, you say? What does that mean? Just like you would choose a club that comfortably fits between your hands and the ground as you take a golf club in your hands, it should be the same for your child. As they stand in an athletic stance, feet shoulder length apart, bending at the waste, comfortably the club's grip should rest about midway in their stomach area. Like so... (see picture above)
Again, don't worry about the clubs you find. The objective is to get the child a club that they can swing without falling over or that will stick 'em in the ribs because they are choking up too much. Aaaanddd if it could be bright purple for girls or Ricky Fowler orange that would be ideal.... no, just kidding.
Most likely, as you turn around from the clubs, you'll see the counter with the baskets of balls stacked up. You choose the size basket/bucket that you want and head on out there. Choose an area where you won't bother the other golfers if possible and ensure you talk to your family about safety with the swinging of the club and walking around the mat areas, etc. It ruins the day when someone gets bonked on the head with a golf club, trust me.
Just go out there and let your child watch you take your stance, grip, posture and hit a few balls yourself. Don't worry about your swing or success, just show them the general way to do that. Oh, yeah, talk to them about the target you are aiming at so they can also become target-directed. Now, let them do the same. Again, don't worry about the exact way in which they grip the club or, even, swing it. Just let them swing at the ball until they are so frustrated that they want to stop. Let them do that. Enough is enough. If they love it and want to hit more, let 'em if you have the time.
This should be enough for day one. We'll talk about follow on, next.
Trying to follow the Lord's will regarding ministry and the platform of golf.