Helping Young Athletes Learn to Love Learning Golf At first glance, the program we conduct at My First Par may look different from what you may have seen in other junior golf programs in Singapore. As you sit by the range, you may be surprised to see children running around chasing soccer balls and tennis balls being hit, kicked or thrown by the children. You may see them playing games around the bunker, hopping, skipping and jumping across the tee and giving each other high fives celebrating a great shot. All of these are by design, our goal is to turn kids into athletes first and then golfers.
One of the great tragedies we see in kids golf program in Singapore is a one-dimensional approach to teaching the golf swing in isolation from the game. In this formula, children are told what they’re doing wrong and then told how to fix it. This approach overlooks many facts about learning golf, not least of which is the realization that this simply isn’t fun for the young learners. Kids are not physically and mentally equipped to handle this type of curriculum, and it usually leads to undesirable consequences like burnout, over-use injuries, dislike of the game and aversion to future instruction.
In our coaching sessions you won’t see children hitting golf balls for 60 minutes, nor will you see our coaches telling kids what to do. Most of our athletes wouldn’t last 10 minutes before expressing boredom if we did that. Instead we have the players engage in a game of baseball, tennis or tug of war, and then have them hit golf shots focusing on striking specific targets. The activities we use in our practices all share the same “DNA” with golf. For instance, a baseball swing and a tennis forehand both require a weight shift, trunk rotation, wrist hinge and a strike. All of those are found in the golf swing. This type of cross training allows us to teach the basic movements of golf, without having to talk about them.
In conclusion, it is important for kids to have fun at this age and the programs we offer to young athletes will not only help your child to develop to their full potential in golf, but it will also enhance their quality of life and health. Ignite the passion for the sport and watch as our young athletes figure out how to get the ball in the hole as quickly as possible. Young athletes will become great golfers not by focusing on their backswing, but rather by fostering a love for the game and for sport in general. This is how we can create a generation of players who love the game and play it well.
If you would like to get your child starting young at golf, give us a call at +65 9151 8852 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.