When is the Right Time to Get Your Child Started in Golfing? Part II

Your child will need to put the golf ball up on a tee. Watch to see how they react when they start hitting those balls. Remember; children will be children, either they will be focused enough to keep the game going or they’ll get side tracked with other things going on around them-that’s okay, just give it some time. This is not the time to be pressuring your child into playing the game, you want them to be having fun. You can begin formal lessons when your child enters school. When a child enters school his cognitive skills have developed and he has a better attention span- this is the time your child can benefit from taking lessons. One of the first things your child will learn is how to have a proper grip. Learning to place the hands properly on the golf club will give your child a jump start on becoming a good golfer. An important element in giving a child the best chance of having some early success is to invest in some good equipment. You’ll need golf clubs made just for kids, not cut down adult sized clubs. Cut down clubs tend to be on the heavy side and often have poor lie angles. Good kids’ equipment isn’t hard to find these days and the prices aren’t bad either. For kids just starting out all they need are: a wood, a putter, a mid (a 5 iron will do), and a 7 or short...

When is the Right Time to Get Your Child Started in Golfing? Part I

While there is no right answer, it’s suggested to start your child as soon as they show an interest in playing. Every child is different; one could show an interest at the age of three, while another child might not seem interested until he’s a bit older. The most important factor is to expose them to the game and nurture their interest as they express joy and excitement from the sport. Let’s take Tiger Woods for example; by the age of two he was already showing an interest in the game. There was no doubt that Tiger was already showing his skill to become the greatest golfer of all time and one of the best athletes ever. Most children of course will not display the same aptitude that tiger did at that age. The average two year old doesn’t have the coordination or the attention span it takes to play the game. Tiger was the rare exception in this case. There is no time line when it comes to introducing your child to the game of golf-when they’re ready they’re ready. The best way to begin is with proper introductions-take your child to the driving range and let them start swinging away. Children usually learn just by watching, and observing others on the driving range will be the best way they can learn to swing. Secondly, the only other thing they need is a golf club and someone to show them where to...

The Important Role of a Caddie Part II

Nevertheless, not many golf observers actually believe that the right caddie can turn an average player into a competitor. The game is about making that shot, and the top players would not lose their positions if they exchanged caddies with the slackers. However, tournaments are frequently decided by a single shot, so players incline to stick with their caddies if everyone gets along. Often it’s hard to differentiate the brains of the caddy from the golfer’s skills. Let’s take Bruce Edwards for example: he worked with golfer Tom Watson for 28 years and is one of the few caddies to break into public consciousness. In 2003, he caddied Watson through an extraordinary opening-round 65 at the U.S. Open. If you choose the right pro fame might be a long shot, but the money is good. A typical paycheck for a caddie is anywhere from $800.00 to $1,000.00 a week and up to 15 percent of the pros winnings. At the height of his career with Tiger Woods, Steve Williams raked in more than $1 million per year. If you want to be a looper the Professional Caddies Association offers an online course, and often get requests for referrals. If you can get with a real star you’re lucky. Most top golfers choose college teammates or close friends as their...

The Important Role of Caddies Part I

Many pro golfers want their caddies to adhere to the three main rules of the trade: show up, keep up, and shut up. But times have changed, most players expect their caddies (aka loopers) to learn the course geometry just days before the tournament. A caddie might use a laser range finder to govern the distances between the tees and the course dangers and use a 9-inch level to map the outlines of the greens. Albeit both devices are not legal during the tournament, they have become critical tools in preparing for the game. The geographical backdrop to particular greens, makes judging the slope of the putting surface challenging. The majority of players rely profoundly on their caddies’ pre-tournament measurements. Great caddies are also proficient sports psychologists, much like corner men in the boxing ring. A caddy must know how to choose the right club or read of the green, so the player is confident when he steps up to the ball. Any hesitation or a minute drop of the shoulders means a ruined golf shot. A caddie who has worked with the same player for a long time also knows just how long to let his man brood after an error before bringing him back to surface with just the right words and how to keep his golfer engrossed during each of the 200-plus swings needed to win a tournament. The best caddies know what to say to a player in order to avoid bad swing habits before he takes a shot. A caddie is the golfer’s cheerleader of sorts…inspiring, advising, and cheering him on throughout the...

More about the Day in the Life of a Golf Caddy

Ahhh… the day in the life of a golf caddie- you wake up and head to the golf course in your golfing attire. You meet your client on the green and this is how you’ll spend your day. But what are your duties as a caddy? your duties include carrying the golf bag, pulling carts, choosing proper clubs for certain shots, cleaning balls, raking sand traps, lining up putts, predicting wind speeds and directions, reading green slopes, filling divots, tending holes, locating balls, marking holes, keeping accurate score, advising about golf rules and terms, and helping the boss to have the best day on the course. You’ll have your work cut out for you that’s for sure. Be prepared for a long work day, but if you like golf you’ll also have fun and get plenty of exercise. Here’s the one thing-you can make or break a golfer’s day with giving timed advice and the right moral support. You may be the victim if a putt goes left or an eagle becomes a bogey. But if you’re a good golf caddy you can be the shining star for your client. Caddies know the ins and outs of the game, the course, and the rules. Did you know that you can begin to caddie when you are only a teenager? The cool thing is that you don’t need any experience, just the desire to be a caddy. Most caddies begin on a volunteer basis. Some caddies take online caddie courses or take training with the Professional Caddie...

The Continuing Debate-Is Golf a Sport? Part III

* Played Nationwide: Golf used to be a sport played solely by people from the United Kingdom and the US. Today the game his played by people all over the world. * Time and commitment: This is the part of golf that’s often misunderstood. Simply put…This is the one sport you just can’t pick up and instantly become good at. All other sports are adaptable with simple coordination and athleticism, but the golf swing is such an unaccustomed motion that it is near impossible to know how to do right away. If you have decided golf is the sport for you, count on many days of practice before you even get halfway good at the game. You will spend tons of time practicing and still might not be any good. Plan on spending at least 20-30 hours a week practicing if you want to be good at this sport. Golf is a different sport, unlike any other-it will take thousands of hours for you to be decent as an amateur. Want to be a pro? Plan on a lot of time and patience. For those who think golf isn’t a sport, it’s simply a matter of opinion. Ask any professional golfer and see what they say. If you truly love the game then nothing will stop you, whether it’s a sport or not. If you want to play for the fun of it that’s ok too. If you want to become a pro earning millions of dollars you will need time and money to invest in your...

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