Golf - Sports for Children
This article was supplied by Katie Dawkins who is a PGA teaching professional based in Wiltshire. Katie gives lessons to all ages and abilities covering every aspect of the game including psychology, course management and fitness. To contact Katie visit Katie Dawkins
What is a Good Age to Take Up Golf?
Any age is good as long as they have suitable equipment, clubs that are too long or heavy can be detrimental to a child's golf development. I teach children as young as 3.
What Equipment is Needed to Get Started?
Nothing as this is provided by the club at junior lessons, just trainers and themselves to begin with!
What Are the Best Brands?
US Kids Golf and PING, or Long Dogs.
How Much Does the Equipment Cost?
£18 per club.. some makes are cheaper such as Ogre(masters) at £10 a club.
Can You Buy Equipment Second Hand?
Yes there is a market for second hand equipment but you are better off dealing through a professional as they can guide you on sizing etc.
How Do You Look After the Equipement?
Just a quick scrub with an old toothbrush after every use to keep them clean,
Are There Any Good Books For Someone Starting Out?
Tiger Woods, How I play Golf is always a good choice, but there are so many out there.. check out Amazon for kids golf books.
How Much Do Golf Lessons Cost?
£15 for a half hour individual lesson and £4 for an hours group session.
How Do You Choose a Good Golf Coach
They will have child protection qualifications, be CRB checked and a PGA professional.
How Much Practice is Needed?
vA few hours a week will be sufficient to progress, finding time between all other activities is always tough.
How Long Does it Take to Get Started?
A few months or so.. children learn really quickly!!
Are There Any Formal Qualifications?
YMG certificates and Golf Foundation certificates.
Do You Have Any Good Tips?
Enjoy golf. The while point of the game is it should be fun so find a club that is friendly and supports the junior section.