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I'm a father of 2 beautiful girls. They are 1 and 3. As an avid golfer, I want to share the wonders of the great world of golf with them. I'd like to hear from members of this forum who are golf parents and see when you all started your kids in the game.

 

Eyes on the future, I know women's college golf scholarships are the most under utilized and can pave a path to solid education if my daughter's take interest and show skill.

 

 

 

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Pictured: My oldest and I working with the little tikes clubs. She seemed more interested in hitting my club with hers.

 

 

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Both my girls played in middle school and 4 years of varsity in high school (two trips to the Florida state tournament). Unfortunately, they stopped playing competitively afterwards. I wish they had got into golf a little sooner, like 4th or 5th grade.

 

 

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I've got 3 & 6 year old boys.  The 3 year old is just starting to occasionally hit a few balls in the back yard or the driving range.  The 6yr old has been hitting balls in the back yard for a couple years and I've taken him to range and putting a few times.

 

This year though the 6yr old was finally old enough for the junior clinic at my club so he is doing that every thursday.  So far he really seems to like it, every time I pick him up he asks if we can go putt more or hit more balls.  

Personally I like having other people help coach/teach my kids with things like sports.  I'm a stay at home dad so being with them 24/7 makes it very easy for them to not listen to me or say no to me.  When someone else is the coach/teacher they tend to listen better because they aren't as comfortable.

 

No matter what age you start them at though the key is to make it fun and start with short periods of time.  Don't make them pound balls at the range for hours at a time unless they really want to.  Create little contests, have prizes, go for a treat after etc...

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I just started my 6 year old daughter and 5 year old son this year. First I took them to the putting green then I took them to the range all in all we have been like 5 times but they enjoy it.

 

 

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I've got 3 & 6 year old boys. The 3 year old is just starting to occasionally hit a few balls in the back yard or the driving range. The 6yr old has been hitting balls in the back yard for a couple years and I've taken him to range and putting a few times.

 

This year though the 6yr old was finally old enough for the junior clinic at my club so he is doing that every thursday. So far he really seems to like it, every time I pick him up he asks if we can go putt more or hit more balls.

Personally I like having other people help coach/teach my kids with things like sports. I'm a stay at home dad so being with them 24/7 makes it very easy for them to not listen to me or say no to me. When someone else is the coach/teacher they tend to listen better because they aren't as comfortable.

 

No matter what age you start them at though the key is to make it fun and start with short periods of time. Don't make them pound balls at the range for hours at a time unless they really want to. Create little contests, have prizes, go for a treat after etc...

 

Thanks for the tips. I guess I've got a few years before I'll give it a legit go. Although if they decide they like another sport better, then we'll go with that (even though it'll break my heart). The last thing I want to be is a parent that lives through their kids.

 

 

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I had my oldest 4 super interested when we lived in Virginia. Mom put the stop to it when my oldest smacked my youngest in the head with a driver on the backswing....

 

When we move back to a place that golf can be played year round 2 of my boys are interested, so I'm signing them up for camps/lessons.

 

Never too early to learn to putt.

 

 

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My 2 year old is already showing a lot of interest. She even likes to watch golf on tv. She has a plastic set of clubs and has a good time hitting them around the yard/house. However, her attention span is to short right now for anything more.

 

 

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My oldest started hitting some balls when he was almost 3. Nothing too crazy-just try to keep it fun.

 

 

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Both my girls (now 15&17) used to hit balls in our backyard with junior clubs, starting when they were around 6. The older one still plays, and really enjoys it. The younger one dropped it very early, because "there's no running" She's mad on basketball.

 

Volunteer run clinics were a big help in getting them going, but when they started getting told totally wrong things by well meaning volunteers, I looked into more professional junior clinics. Now my club runs free weekly group lessons with the pro (who is a really experienced and knowledgeable teaching pro) for all junior members. My oldest really enjoys these, and her swing was improving all the time until a recent broken finger.

 

I can't advise to get them age/size appropriate clubs strongly enough. Cut down adult clubs should be avoided at all cost. Kids clubs can be found cheaply, and are much better for little kids to learn with.

 

Enjoy the ride. I love going out and playing 18 with my daughter, not many dads get to spend 4 hours with their 17 year old.

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My two year old son loves golf but like anything his interest in it only last 15-20 mins right now. I've heard it's best to just intoduce them to the game here and there and let them decide when they want to start.

 

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My son got a plastic 3 club set at 1. He's been whacking plastic balls in the house since he was 15 months old. At about 2.5 he got a real driver and putter. He doesn't hit it far but he makes center contact nearly every time. He's 3 now and I'll take him on the course. He loves to ride the golf cart. While I'm on the green he hits his driver around where the cart is parked. He shows proficiency with the club and general interest. We'll see where it goes.

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I'm working to get The First Tee established here where I live. We're hoping to start with the National School Program in a few elementary schools and the Drive Program for after school at a YMCA or Boys & Girls Club. Do any of you guys have kids in a First Tee program? Perhaps you might want to consider starting it in your town.

If you have any questions I'd be glad to share what I know so far and what we're doing. It will be worth it.

BTW... you don't have to children at home to do this. I just love the game and want to give more kids the opportunity to gain exposure to it. 

https://thefirsttee.org/

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My 3 year old daughter got her first plastic set already and likes smacking the ball in the living room and in our backyard.

 

Our golf club offers clinics starting at age 3 so we plan to send her next spring.

 

But I won't force her to like golf... I'll let her try other sports as well and she can choose.

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My 3 and a half year old daughter has been on the course since she's 6 months old now she's caddying for me. Cleaning clubs and balls as well as learning what's each club called.

 

Clearly she's not ready for the prime time yet as she still likes to do what she wants on the practice green. The next step is to get her to behave when there are others playing. So far she's doing well on the course.

 

 

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I have a 5 year old girl and 3 year old boy. Both enjoy going "golfing". We let them tee off on every 3rd hole. My daughter can hit the ball every time. My 3 year old asks for help. Also on those holes we let them putt. Both go about a foot away and tap it in and are excited they made it.

 

I can tell right now my daughter will tolerate the game and play because we do. My boy will play because he likes it.

 

Saturday mornings are the best when he gets up at 5am and we come downstairs and watch the European tour together.

 

 

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Me and my wife are golfers as well, and have 5 and 6 year olds. They haven't started playing golf yet per se, but we often bring them to the course with us. Looking for childrens clubs and cant find anything other than this guide though (which is kinda outdated), so would love to hear suggestions on clubs for 6-7 year olds.

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... I am a huge believer in letting kids choose what sport they want to participate in. You can certainly stack the deck with association and when really little, if they see you doing something there is a good chance they will want to as well. But if they are not genuinely interested in a sport you can turn them against it by trying to get them interested. 

... I come form a different era and played baseball, basketball and football in high school and football in college. LOL, we didn't play golf back then. Most sports want more dedication to off season workouts and/or leagues so it is more difficult to participate in multiple sports today, especially if they are serious. I asked my youngest son to try all other sports before football and coached him in baseball all the way thru high school. After seeing me with staples in my back from 2 surgeries and out of commission for months from playing football he still came to me in the 8th grade and said "I know it will make you mad Dad but I really want to play football". LOL, I told him I was not mad at all but happy he had tried baseball, basketball, soccer and golf so he did everything I asked and if he wanted to play football I was behind him 100%. Of course he went on to be a first team All Conference DE in college and was offered a NFL contract but the threat of CTE made him decide he had risked enough. 

... So introduce your kids to sports but let them decide which one they will hopefully love. If they show a genuine interest give them all the access they can handle but be ever vigilant of burn out. 

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Our kids are grow but I can tell you that those early life (positive) experiences stay with them. My son and daughter went to sail camp between 8 and 14 years old. And even though they are in their 30's they have a strong affinity to water and sailing even though neither one wanted anything to do with it in their late teens.

 

 

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I got my 18 mo old a putter and a us kids golf 7 iron. Let him run around the putting green and swing a few on the range. Let him think he's driving the cart etc. obviously can't really do anything but just want to get him out there so maybe he will want to play when he's a bit older

 

 

 

 

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I got my 18 mo old a putter and a us kids golf 7 iron. Let him run around the putting green and swing a few on the range. Let him think he's driving the cart etc. obviously can't really do anything but just want to get him out there so maybe he will want to play when he's a bit older

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