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    Is golf really a good sport to get your kids into?

    So this is the question I'm asking myself. I have 2 boys and the oldest is 7 years old. He is very active and loves football, rugby, cricket, etc etc. He is already in a rugby club and also in sports clubs after school and loves them all and I feel every sport he does has huge benefits to him as a person as he grows up. My biggest life lessons have come from watching and playing both rugby and football, team sports were you make friends who remain with you for life. You simply can't beat the changing room atmosphere and team spirit from rugby in my opinion.

    This leads to my problem. I now love golf and would play it most days if work allowed. I have made many friends playing golf and enjoy the social side of golf BUT is it really the right sport to get your kids into it? Unlike some sports, golf can be a very lonely sport when it comes to learning the sport. It also takes up a large chunk of time and I see some of the young kids at our club who seem to live on the putting green and chipping area and think to myself that they are missing out on so many other things that would give them a better variety of challenges and experiences.

    The other angle is when I play I'm always a little jealous of the people who picked up the clubs a lot earlier than me, so find the sport natural. I only started playing in my 30's and this must have a negative affect on my swing.

    Looking for peoples views on this? What would/have you done with your kids?
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    Re: Is golf really a good sport to get your kids into?

    They are still very young to be thinking about 'choosing' anything. Just give them the opportunity to try anything they fancy and let them do what they want to do.
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    Re: Is golf really a good sport to get your kids into?

    I think it's an amazing sport to get into! Especially if you can get the father/son bonding time in around the practice field or chipping green!
    Also I think that if your club has a good junior section - there's many friends to made - I remember playing junior golf and we had good team and some great laughs.
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    Re: Is golf really a good sport to get your kids into?

    I don't have kids myself, but from what I see with our juniors and from my experience as a nanny: you can't force a sport onto a kid, let alone one as time intensive and potentially frustrating as golf. Your boys will either get interested in what their dad is doing on his weekends and will want to look into it and tag along if you let them, or not. The best thing you can do is maybe get them curious by talking about golf and why you love it so much and take them to the range or a junior introductory course if they want to try it out. My guess it they will want to. From then on, there are so many factors that play into it: if they make friends on the range and want to come back, if their first efforts are successfull or not etc. They might also just be interested for a short while and learn some basics and then lose interest in it for a few years. That's all okay. Just offer them the opportunity to play if they want to ... even if it does not become a competitive sport for them and they only play an occasional game with their dad in the years to come, you will all profit from it and it will help them tremendously, should they ever decide to come back to the game as adults.
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    Re: Is golf really a good sport to get your kids into?

    My son, now 17, played every sport available. He played club rugby, football, cricket, basketball and golf as well as others at school. We gave him the options and then let him choose. He now plays basketball and golf as his two main sports now. I agree with you that he got far more out of playing team sports as a person. He plays for his club junior team and comes up against people who played golf exclusively from a young age. They do tend to be solitary kids. They have lower h/caps but they haven't had the fun experiences that he had as part of a team.

    He started playing golf more seriously at around 13 and his swing is as smooth and flexible as the earlier starters so I wouldn't worry about that.

    Let him play all the sports he can and if he leans towards golf then so be it. I would try to keep his hand in with one team sport though. It helps them develop as kids.
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    Re: Is golf really a good sport to get your kids into?

    When I was kid (and I'm 30 now) there weren't too many kids into golf really. I had my first lessons at 14 and played with my mum and dad every other week. But then I let it slide for several years - I only got back into it (and have become practically addicted) a couple of years back when I was 28/29. I think very young kids might prefer other faster paced sports, i.e. football, rugby, where there's lots of running around and lots of people involved. That said though, all you need to do is take him down the driving range and/or out on a short course and see if he likes it or not enough to continue. As I said, all my dad did (although I was 14 so a bit older) to begin with was buy one junior 7 iron and booked me a lesson at the local range to start with. Then padded that out with a couple of other clubs so I had a half-set (just odd numbered irons, a 3 wood and a putter I think) until I'd stopped growing.

    To be fair, I got a birdie on my first ever round of 9 holes so I was hooked! It was a very flukey chip in from the edge of the green on a par 3, and it probably took me at least 5 years before I got another one, but that did it for me anyway. Thought golf would be easy probably.
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    Re: Is golf really a good sport to get your kids into?

    Thanks for the comments so far. This comes from my Son showing more of an interest in golf (due to seeing me go off to play it and watching on TV) so it was in the back of my mind going to take him down the club and let him have a whack on the range and maybe join in the junior roll up lessons (our club runs an hour for £5 where around 10 kids between 5-8 years old have a group lesson, which to me sounds like a good idea as your taking away the individual element that I'm concerned about).
    I'm all for letting him experience as many sports as possible and at the end of the day of course I will let him follow a certain one if he wants to really follow that path. I would prefer him to do as many sports as he enjoys and would encourage that 100% but I guess if I'm honest I would be slightly concerned if he chose golf as his sole interest, which is kind of strange considering it is the sport I play and enjoy!
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    Re: Is golf really a good sport to get your kids into?

    I agree with the majority, let them try everything you can and see what they prefer as they get older.
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    Re: Is golf really a good sport to get your kids into?

    Yes - absolutely - it teaches youngsters the meaning and value of acceptance, patience, manners, trust, honesty, respect, consideration and humility. That life is not all about self.
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    Re: Is golf really a good sport to get your kids into?

    One thing that generally strikes me about junior golfers is they always seem polite and balanced. I am not sure if its that they socialise with adults a lot of if they learn good manners and etiquette. Hmm, just noticed that Swingsitlikehogan just said all this above.

    The thing is, just because they are golfers does not mean that cant play rugby too. I really hope my little one and I play together.
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