Alright, we're cookin' now. Our kid is a natural and he/she can't get enough of the old "Pasture Pool".
It's time, that's right, it's time to begin to spend some greenbacks on your child to better prepare him/her to play competitive golf. Now, we didn't say 'every' kid should be given this opportunity. It's critically important that your child have the athletic ability to hit the ball, the intelligence to understand the game and have an insatiable passion to play!! If we have those ingredients, now's the time to get serious.
You as a Dad or Mom may believe that you have the capability to teach your child the game and, especially to be their swing coach. You may be right!! I was my kid's swing coach until he went off to college (Division I, Temple University - no braggin', jus' sayin'). I believe the instruction and guidance I gave him during his early years produced a kid that could play with a solid handle on the fundamentals of the game. But, I, personally, had years and years of developing my own game, reading and practicing as well as competing at the higher amateur levels of the game. Do you, as a parent have that background? Do you have enough knowledge of the golf game, golf swing, short game and putting as well as the strategic and mental necessities to develop a competitive golfer? If not, let's be honest now, then we need to do this....
How much will this cost us?
We've gotta find a professional golf instructor. Begin your research by asking anyone you know who is deeply engaged in the game, possibly your local high school or college coach who might be the best junior golf instructor in your area. NOTE: It doesn't have to be a PGA of America Golf Professional, but, most likely the best one around will be a member o the PGA of America. Contact the first two or three that you hear about and ask them a few questions;
1. What children have you instructed that have been successful as a competitive junior golfer?
2. How many of your students have made it to the college ranks as golfers?
3. How often do we have to have lessons with you?
4. How much will this cost us?
I would use the answers to these questions and the general feeling I got from the interview (especially Mom's gut feel) to determine which instructor I wanted to bring our kid to.
The first lesson should be an evaluation of your child's swing and knowledge of the game.
This is the beginning of a long process and YOU control what's going to happen with your child's golf game. I pray it goes well for you and your child. Golf is a great game for the ages.
By the way, my son is now 37, a plus 2 handicap and plays regularly at the highest levels of amateur competition. Our relationship is bolstered due to our mutual enjoyment and love for the game. Pretty cool, huh!?
Trying to follow the Lord's will regarding ministry and the platform of golf.