Introducing Your Child to Golf


Golf is often thought of as a game for adults, but it can actually be a great activity for kids too. “Kids and golf. What a great combination,” says Tim Dunn, Head Golf Professional at Naperbrook Golf Course. “It checks all the boxes for them.  They can be outside – away from their screens – and benefit both physically and socially. Golf also improves focus, coordination, and character.”

Here’s how to introduce your child to golf: 

  • Know the Basics
    Make sure your kids have a basic understanding of the rules, scoring, and how to play a game. 
  • Start with Lower-cost Equipment
    To start them off on the right foot, it’s important to find the correct equipment that fits their size and skill level. Lower-cost clubs and gloves are generally easier for kids to use – and fortunately, there are plenty of affordable options in both categories. 
  • Take Them to a Driving Range
    Taking your child to a driving range is a great way for them to practice their swings while just getting started. The driving range can be a fun, low pressure way for kids to get active and explore their potential on the course. You can find details about a couple of local driving ranges here
  • Sign Them Up for a Lesson
    Taking golf lessons is a great way for your child to learn the basics of the game as well as develop good form and technique. Should you look for private coaching or group lessons? “For kids just starting, I would recommend a group setting,” says Tim. “It is more fun for kids to learn when they are with other kids of the same skill level. This is where they begin to also learn the social aspects of the game. The key is to pique their interest and to make sure they are having fun.” Get details from lessons from the Naperville Park District here

When Is a Child Ready for Golf?
“The answer is, every kid is different,” adds Tim who suggests asking yourself these questions:

  1. Are they able to pay attention? 
  2. How is their hand-eye coordination?  
  3. Are they able to be outside for a few hours?

“One great way to gauge their interest is to take them with you when you play.  Watching you play and riding along with you just might be enough. Take them to a tournament or watch it on TV, or let them hit a ball or two without any input from you.  If you see that they are interested, then that’s the time to build a plan and address equipment, courses to play and lessons.”

You can find more information at Naperville Park District.

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