(Written by Chad H.) It’s undeniable that children really love sports. It is important to let a child play so that they can use the massive amount of energy that they have and this is an opportunity for the child to learn some valuable life lessons first hand.
Lessons that a child will learn practically will make more sense for them and they are more likely to apply the lessons than the case when they have to be told about these things in a classroom or by a parent.
Golf is one of the popular sports that can help your child to learn some positive attributes and behaviors. These include:
- Hand eye coordination
To play golf you need to have great hand eye coordination. This is because you need to see where you want the ball to go and hit it to that location. This skill can be very beneficial especially if the child would choose to pursue a career that would require you to have good hand eye coordination.
Sometimes most children lack focus. This is because their young minds cannot concentrate on one thing as all these things usually feel like they are all interesting. Golf is a game that requires focus and the fact the child will want to win will require the child to learn to focus his energy and attention on the game.
- Rules and obeying them
As is the case with most sports, golf has some rules and regulations that govern how the game is played and the way that they players should conduct themselves. As the child plays golf, they realize the importance of these rules especially when they have a dispute they need to solve. They see that rules are not always bad things and you need to obey them to ensure that you stay out of trouble.
- Do not have to win all the time
Children love to win and perhaps one of the hardest things to teach our children is that you do not have to always to win. For a child, losing can be one of the hardest things and you need to teach them that when they lose, this does not mean that they are not good enough. A child needs to learn to accept losses and golf is one of the great games to use for this.
The fact that you cannot be aggressive to a person because they won will teach the child to strive to win but when they fail, they should let it go.
- Social skills
Most kids will find it easy to make friends but this does not always apply to all the children. Some actually have a challenge when it comes to making new friends, as they may be shy. A game like golf will help with making friends without the direct pressure to do so.
If you tell a socially challenged child to go out and make friends, they may even be more awkward but a game like golf may look solitary but the child will learn some social skills and in the process, make new friends.
To play golf and actually be successful in it, you need to be confident in your abilities. You can use a game like golf to make sure that you instill some confidence in your child especially the shy one who is not willing to take risks and may not be able to take the pressure of other competitive sports that the other children their age may like.
In some cases, the child may not be interested in any of these sports and you need to make sure that you allow your child to choose the sport they like even if it is not conventional. You never know, they may just need a little confidence boost to be the next professional golf player.
All in all, golf is very beneficial for the development of your child. It is probably one of the best and safest sports programs to enroll the child in.
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About the author: Chad is a parent and a golf lover. He writes about golf for kids and all the things that people may need to know about the sport. Chad is also a huge supporter of the PGA Village.