Hi Golfer Dad,
It is great that you are supporting your son through the USkids organization. You and he will have many opportunities for deep and thorough personal relationship that can be found in no other sport. My son is now 12 and we have been through many junior golf tournaments, including USkids.
The error was your error. As a caddy in USkids one of your main jobs is to learn the rules. He has to learn to hit the ball. You need to learn the rules. Your second main job is nutritionist. Especially when he graduates to become an 18 holer you need to teach him how to properly hydrate, eat proper snacks, put on sun block, wear proper clothes, and other things that seem superficial. But when you play in tournaments and when you play 18 holes these things become very important.
When you became livid you really screwed up. You should be mature and help your son realize that you have to take your licks when you make a mistake. You move on to the next hole and the next tournament. Another example is hitting out of deep rough. Sometimes you just need to advise your son to wedge it back to the fairway and accept the loss of a stroke.
At age 7 winning the tournament should not be a concern. Your hope should be for a good attitude and a pre shot routine. The score will take care of itself. At this age we need to focus on character development and learning to play by the rules. In that manner we preserve the integrity of the game and the integrity of the players. That is what really counts and what is really important.
When your son is in his teens, that is the time to become more competitive. At age 7 he needs to make friends with other fellows who play the game well. You need to make friends with the other Dads and Moms in order to develop a circle of friendship which will greatly benefit you and your son.
Keep up the good work. There is a fine book with the title: Caddy Daddy on the Bag
, by Rick Heard. He is a junior golf coach in Florida and a really great guy.
Edited by busapp, 26 June 2017 - 01:22 AM.