For parents hoping to nourish and support their children’s athletic endeavors, convincing their child to practice – be it piano, tennis, or ballet, is not without its challenges. While most parents want to ensure the time and money invested in our child’s camps and lessons, are reinforced and supported through dedicated practice, this process is often difficult and met with resistance.
When it comes to golf, we asked our top PGA Junior Golf Camp Directors, to share their thoughts on how parents can best support their child’s continued game development from one lesson to the next.
In five quick tips, our Camp Directors share proven practice for getting students – to do just that – practice.
- Keep it Age Appropriate
The first step in establishing a practice routine is to make sure it is age appropriate. “If your child is still in grade school, you’ll want to introduce practice as a continuation of the fun experienced during the golf lesson. As the child matures, practice sessions should pivot to place greater emphasis on game development and skill improvement”.
- Schedule It
Just as we schedule homework, bedtime, and meals – practice time should also be part of a routine. By setting aside a consistent practice time in a young person’s life, practice becomes a given, and part of their weekly schedule.
- Allow for Input
Young golfers who have some level of input in their practice routine, are most successful. By allowing the child to have some input on the specification of their practice schedule, whether it be the day of the week, the duration of the session, or practice location, will all allow the child to feel that he/she has some input and ‘ownership’ in the development of their game.
- Set an End Game
As with so many areas of life, having a goal or an end game, is critical. Our teaching pros suggest that by having tangible goals which the young golfer understands and accepts, will make practice time much more effective than when the objectives are not clearly defined. These identified goals serve as a powerful motivator and help the young golfer stay focused, thereby making the practice sessions much more meaningful and productive.
- Let Them Know You Are Proud….
Many leading child psychologists agree that one of the most beneficial gifts a parent can give a child is to let them know just how proud of them you are. And in the case of young junior golfers, parents can share this very powerful expression not only when a child hits a great shot, but also, when he shakes his opponents hand at the end of 18 holes, keeps scores, and even when the agreed upon practice schedule is committed to and practice goals met!
PGA Junior Golf Camps is a recognized industry leader in junior golf instruction. Its team of seasoned and proficient Camp Directors include National Junior Leader Award winners, Golf Digest Top 50 Teachers, PGA Hall of Fame inductees, and PGA Master Professionals. You can learn more about the PGA Junior Golf Camps and our stellar teaching credentials by visiting www.pgajuniorgolfcamps.com.