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#1 gatorMD

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 10:16 AM

Any advice on getting her involved and not ruining it?

I currently bought her some clubs and take her to the range and course with me.

She likes to hit 1-3 shots then explore the environment.  E.g. yesterday we found 3 turtles, 10 ducks, flowers, etc.  I pretty much just let her do her thing.

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 02:50 PM

Make sure she has Korean girlfriends and Korean God parents....that should increase the probability of her liking golf by about 1000%. :taunt:

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 03:08 PM

View PostgatorMD, on 27 February 2018 - 10:16 AM, said:

Any advice on getting her involved and not ruining it?

I currently bought her some clubs and take her to the range and course with me.

She likes to hit 1-3 shots then explore the environment.  E.g. yesterday we found 3 turtles, 10 ducks, flowers, etc.  I pretty much just let her do her thing.

If you don't want to ruin it, just keep letter her do the area bolded/underlined above.  4 is very young.  I have a 4/YR daughter too and she isn't even ready for the range yet let alone the course. She has zero interest in golf. I hope to introduce her to the game as she gets older, but only if she wants it.

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 03:12 PM

Make everything about the fun and not about the golf.  Let her drive the cart, get ice cream afterwards, never criticize and if she doesn't want to play, don't push it.

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 03:22 PM

Golf cart is huge, so is the searching for animals

Didn't work with my girls though

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 03:48 PM

Not to sound like debbie downer, but be careful with the carts.  I've heard about and witnessed kids getting hurt driving carts and being innocent bystanders.  I personally don't let my kid drive a cart and always try to take the key with me if the cart is unattended.

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 04:01 PM

View Postkekoa, on 27 February 2018 - 03:48 PM, said:

Not to sound like debbie downer, but be careful with the carts.  I've heard about and witnessed kids getting hurt driving carts and being innocent bystanders.  I personally don't let my kid drive a cart and always try to take the key with me if the cart is unattended.

will do, she is a little say, OCD, about car/driving safety so I think we are good here.  E.g. we have to make sure everything is secure before she will even let me turn the key back on.  She's like daddy is ur putter in the bag, ok, we can go.  As u can imagine she is not happy that there isn't a seat belt...  

Also she lovessssssss filling divots so now we are the divot repair team.  Literally we have to use ALL the sand in the cart prior to leaving the course.
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Posted 27 February 2018 - 04:03 PM

View Postcardoustie, on 27 February 2018 - 03:22 PM, said:

Golf cart is huge, so is the searching for animals

Didn't work with my girls though

yeah, I'm legitimately worried she won't like it and I will be super sad as I imagine us golfing till I'm incapacitated.  So far she seems mildly interested
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Posted 28 February 2018 - 01:24 PM

View PostgatorMD, on 27 February 2018 - 04:03 PM, said:

View Postcardoustie, on 27 February 2018 - 03:22 PM, said:

Golf cart is huge, so is the searching for animals Didn't work with my girls though
yeah, I'm legitimately worried she won't like it and I will be super sad as I imagine us golfing till I'm incapacitated. So far she seems mildly interested

I do not know you or your daughter.  I do not know what your daughter responds to and what seems to interest her, but for what it's worth, my daughter took to golf as did my son.  The difference was that my son just loved golf for the opportunity to explore sport and trying to learn new skills.  I daresay that initially, my daughter was first interested in golf because her mother and I both were and I think that she was initially seeking a form of approval from us.

Seeing that, what we managed to do was put them both in some kids golf camps, I also took her out for a golf outing a few times.  We went to a course that was quieter and we also took time to smell the flowers, watch the birds, the frogs in the ponds, etc.  During those outings, she and I talked about how golf courses play a big part in today's environment and ecosystems.   They offer nice big open spaces for a variety of creatures and animals that like the big ponds and waterways -- ducks, heron's, frogs, the odd moose, and deer.  The nearby trees offered plenty of nesting sites for the songbirds, the ponds and their cattails and multitude of insects were important for smaller birds like swifts, and other insects like dragonflies.  Then as dusk approached, the bats would start to emerge.

I don't mean to turn this into a National Geographic advert, but my daughter was very interested in it and she started connecting the importance of a good golf course to a better environment.  That was another motivation for her to get out and practice and play.  I taught her the basics to golf ...grip posture, takeaway and downswing basics.  She was pretty competent at it, but she was never going to be a budding LPGA or collegiate player ... but she did develop the confidence and skills to play the game, enjoy the outdoors and has matured into a fine young woman who plays golf recreationally and has become an advocate for golf courses as important green spaces in our communities.

Anyway, just my experience.  I thought that I would share it with you in the hope that maybe there was something in it that you could find useful or perhaps "twig" a thought as to how you can further engage your daughter.  Regardless, the single piece of advice I could share is to enjoy the journey as much as possible!

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 01:35 PM

Don’t worry or get discouraged. You have to be patient. It took my son until 15 before a switch flipped and he became passionate. Until then just keep her involved in a non stressful way.

Showing her the golf outfits in the store might help too. �


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Posted 28 February 2018 - 01:54 PM

Mine is 5. I've been just trying to work on golf exposure for her without forcing it. She has a set of kids clubs that she can't really swing yet. She will take a couple cuts in the yard with whiffle balls and when she gets bored or frustrated she plays range picker in her Power Wheels. We will putt on my mat in the basement. She will watch a few minutes on TV at a time. I make sure she sees the LPGA on TV and not just the men.

Jason Day had some good advice in GD article a few years back. Don't push too hard, don't be afraid to leave a mostly full bucket at the range if they get cranky, give enough swing tips to make sure they are safe without overdoing technique, make sure they always leave the range or the course happy.
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Posted 28 February 2018 - 02:40 PM

As much as I tried, my daughter did not catch the golf bug.  We put her in a couple of summer golf programs, but she preferred singing, dancing and acting.  My advice would be, she is four.  Make it about having fun.  She will decide it it's something she wants to pursue.  If she does, great.

I never got to caddy for my daughter in any junior tournaments, but I got to see her perform some great roles.  She's a Theater major in college now, has no interest in golf, and I could not be any prouder of her!

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 07:04 PM

thanks for all the comments..... ithink she's going the way of oldpalchamp's daughter currently.
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Posted 28 February 2018 - 07:25 PM

I was sorta into golf as a kid, then some really old crotchety members ruined the game for me at my dads club range. I eventually picked golf up in my 20s. Im on this forum so, you can guess I am pretty hooked. It just took my dad inviting me out because they needed a fourth. As a kid I mostly just wanted to hit a driver and then look for animals as well, and sand shots, I was super into sand shots.

I meet guys my age still who get invited out by their dads and then get hooked after having no interest in golf. It might take a later in life invite for fathers day for a range session and an executive course.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 07:35 PM

When my daughter was 4 she hated golf. Mostly because it was something Daddy watched on TV.

But I got her some clubs and she started hitting some in the back yard.

I introduced her little by little. Now, 5 years later I have a 9 year old that still hates golf.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 07:37 PM

View PostgatorMD, on 27 February 2018 - 10:16 AM, said:

Any advice on getting her involved and not ruining it?

I currently bought her some clubs and take her to the range and course with me.

She likes to hit 1-3 shots then explore the environment.  E.g. yesterday we found 3 turtles, 10 ducks, flowers, etc.  I pretty much just let her do her thing.

A very good friend of mine's daughter is 20 years old and on her 3rd year on the LPGA Tour. I remember when she was little, we would be playing golf, she'd hit her shot then run over to the ponds/woods and check out the frogs, turtles, bugs, flowers, and what not.

She "played" while she played. :-)
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Posted 28 February 2018 - 07:49 PM

Good luck - so far my own daughter is in high school and has a teeny bit of interest.

To be clear - she has been in the cart with me and wife since she was 1 month old; we belong to 2 very nice clubs in our area.  We have played golf as a family all around the world; and been to Pebble together.  She has run around, chased the ducks, got a snack at the turn and loves to sit in the cart or drive it.  She has had lessons and play groups; and blah blah blah - and has met or played with several pro golfers and walked in our group in a pro am; worked a US Open and golf tournament volunteer...even spent an afternoon with Natalie Gulbis...and NO great love for golf for all of our effort.  :(

Nevertheless - last year on her own - she joined the golf team at school (beginners) and was content to play with 4 clubs for the entire season....she mostly practiced, but she got to play 9 holes and seemed to like it.  She has already signed up again for the team this year - and she says she might try to add a 5th club.   We can only hope!  :)

Good luck.

At a minimum - my daughter will always come and sit in the cart while I play - and that's just fine with me.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 11:45 PM

I'd focus more on making sure that she grows up a well adjusted adult with a wide range of hobbies and interests and a good education.

Everyone is different, and trying to make your kids into who you want them to be rather than who they want to be will only lead to unhappiness.

I am not suggesting that you don't keep trying the golf, and there are some great tips posted above, but don't define your relationship with your daughter by one fairly inconsequential hobby.
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Posted 08 March 2018 - 12:10 AM

let her figure out how to love the game. Making her love the game will only cause her to burn out, hate it and move on to something else that she enjoys.

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 12:22 AM

My daughter is two I bring her to the practice putting green at a local course. She mimics me rolling balls out on the green and runs all around, I got her a set of plastic clubs to play with- she chases our two dogs around the house with them ....so there's hope LOL!

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 09:17 AM

Find a program in the Tampa/St. Pete area for juniors and or junior girl's golf.  SNAG golf or LPGA Girl's golf program

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 09:42 AM

I've got a daughter that age. I'd love it if she took up golf, but then again I love her no matter what she does.
She hasn't really shown much interest in golf, and it doesn't bother me a jot. She may get into it later, but I think golf itself is a sport that very few small children will enjoy as it does not involve running around and squealing loudly, and running around and squealing loudly, and, err, running around and squealing loudly.

In fact, I would prefer her to do more active sports such as gymnastics at this age as research has shown that the muscles built up at a young age are less susceptible to deterioration even into middle age. Or something like that.
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Posted 08 March 2018 - 10:53 AM

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In fact, I would prefer her to do more active sports such as gymnastics at this age as research has shown that the muscles built up at a young age are less susceptible to deterioration even into middle age. Or something like that.

My daughter (7) is in gymnastics and is ripped... fun for her is doing pullups on the bar I put up in her doorway and rope climbs without using her legs in L-Sit.  Everything in your house will become a jungle gym.

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 11:10 AM

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View PostNo Catchy Nickname, on 08 March 2018 - 09:42 AM, said:

In fact, I would prefer her to do more active sports such as gymnastics at this age as research has shown that the muscles built up at a young age are less susceptible to deterioration even into middle age. Or something like that.

My daughter (7) is in gymnastics and is ripped... fun for her is doing pullups on the bar I put up in her doorway and rope climbs without using her legs in L-Sit.  Everything in your house will become a jungle gym.

She already uses the kitchen table to do pull-ups....
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Posted 08 March 2018 - 11:32 AM

Tell her she's not allowed to play golf...not big/old enough yet

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 11:37 AM

View Postdpb5031, on 08 March 2018 - 11:32 AM, said:

Tell her she's not allowed to play golf...not big/old enough yet

:taunt:  This is the best advice ever given on GolfWRX.

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 12:18 PM

First thing don't worry about playing golf with her. She's 4 and way too young to play golf. The best thing you can do is make golf Daddy-Daughter time. I bet she loves riding in the cart.  So go out and play practice rounds with her when the course is empty.  Buy her a golf bag and let her putt your ball into the hole. As she gets better at actually playing have her play scramble with you on the course.

Sometimes there is group lessons out there for young kids. If available it might be worth checking it out. The big thing is make it about being with her and she will have fun with you.  The other thing is the more she plays the less your going to play but it's also worth it.

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 12:52 PM

I have two daughters, 12 and 9.  My 12 year old loves all sports and has played them all, golf is her passion and she's good at it. She was always active when she was little so we got her into gymnastics and soccer when probably 4 and 5 years old.  She was great at both, started hitting tennis balls with her when she was 4 (the low compression balls are the best thing to happen to tennis for kids in this country).  She played her first tennis tournament at 6 and kept doing those until about 11.  Our 9 year old has a beautiful natural golf swing but could care less about playing or really watching sports unless she knows someone or the school involved.  She has talked about playing basketball for the middle school team in a couple years so we are going to pursue that this year in either rec or upward, so I'm still hopeful she will care enough to play.

My best advice I can give is let her play any and all sports or activities and encourage whatever she is doing at the time.  She will develop well rounded abilities and skills that will help in everything.  I am biased I guess and have stated it on here before, but I am a big believer in tennis helping more than anything in developing all skills, especially with developing the beginnings of a golf swing.  Both of my kids played tennis at a very early age and both have good swings that they didn't get much coaching to develop early on.

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 08:20 PM

thanks for all the suggestions.  Cheers to dad-daughter golf!
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Posted 09 March 2018 - 08:43 AM

Just came back from our first family golf trip to Palm Springs.  My 11-year old daughter had a blast; shes got a lot of activities (ballet, music and science) but she loves golf.  Im not sure how she and her 14-year old brother got into it, but I tried hard not to push golf on them when they were younger.  About 5 years ago, they came to me and expressed interest and I jumped at the opportunity to get them into the game.  Good luck.


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