As a result of new and innovative industry-driven strategies designed to attract and retain young golfers, juniors are now the fastest growing segment in the game. And with new resources such as advanced teaching technologies, increased availability of “golf in schools” programs, and even enhanced teaching technologies designed specifically to improve the junior golf game, the youth segment continues to add new golfers at a healthy rate.
And, of course, there could be no better time to get your kid golfing than summer. Here are a few options you might want to consider when getting your child started in golf:
Golf Lessons at Local Golf Course
When looking for lessons at your local golf course, be sure to find a teaching professional who is a PGA Member. In order to become a member, professionals must exhibit proficiency in various areas of the golf business (including instruction) and successfully pass a series of tests. Typically, local PGA Teaching Professionals will offer instruction programs ranging from private lessons, group lessons, and specialty clinics. Visit PGA.com to find a certified PGA Teaching Professional.
Junior Golf Camps
Junior golf camps provide a learning opportunity which is virtually unobtainable in other instructional settings. With weeklong, consecutive day-to-day programming, juniors are ‘immersed’ in the game. Such immersion allows for rapid learning, thereby allowing kids to realize success faster than if he or she was enrolled in an instruction program which met on a weekly basis. Last year, the PGA of America announced the launch of the PGA Junior Golf Camps. With 75+ nationwide locations, the Camps offer a wide variety of camps including half-day and full-day camps and a select number of overnight camps. All camps are taught by PGA Teaching Professionals and are designed to make instruction meaningful as well as fun! Kids ages 6-17 and of all ability levels are welcome to participate. Click here to find a Camp location near you.
PGA Junior League Golf
PGA Junior League Golf is a fun, social, and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls, ages 13 and under, to learn and enjoy the game of golf from PGA and LPGA Professionals. Like many other recreational youth sports, participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with friends. Visit PGAJLG.com
for additional information.
Drive, Chip and Putt
A joint initiative by the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association, and The PGA of America, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is a free nationwide junior golf development competition, for kids 7-15, aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf. Registration for the next competition opens in January 2017 – so junior golfers have plenty of time to start training and getting ready for next year’s competition! Visit DriveChipandPutt.com for additional information.
The PGA of America is committed to bringing juniors to the game of golf and has developed a resource for parents and caregivers to consult when exploring various ideas. Visit www.pga.com/play-golf-america/youth-golf for additional junior golf programs, resources, and information.
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.