The Top 10 Reasons Kids Should Play Golf
PGA of America
Golf has a ton of reasons for kids to get involved... one of the best? It's fun!
Player Development Committee
PGA of America
Series: Youth Golf
Published: Monday, July 27, 2015 | 11:54 a.m.
Junior Golf in the United States is exploding! Thanks in part to programs like PGA Junior League Golf, Drive, Chip and Putt and PGA Junior Golf Camps, more families and youth than ever are discovering why golf is the game of a lifetime.
Now you can too!
Below is a list of the "Top 10 Reasons Kids Should Play Golf" as
recommended by the Player Development Committee of the PGA of America - a
group dedicated to introducing the game to people of all abilities and
1 Develop Life Long Benefits: Benefits of golf include making life-long friends and learning a game that can be played.
2 Spend Quality Time with Family: Golf
can be an event around which all family members can gather for several
hours. It is a great opportunity for parents to provide positive
feedback and encouragement to children.
3 Spending Time Outdoors: Walking
and being active in the outdoors allows for breathing in fresh air and
establishes healthy exercise habits, far beyond indoor video games or
4 Business Skills: In
addition to etiquette and the ability to play comfortably with new
acquaintances, golf teaches self-confidence, improves the ability to
work with numbers, and applies problem solving skills that are critical
5 Anyone Can Play: Men,
women, children, people from all over the globe and all walks of life
come together on a golf course. The diversity found on a golf course
opens young golfers to a broader view of the world and all people.
6 Self-Improvement: Golf
challenges the player toward constant self-improvement. Players analyze
what they did well and what has to change to improve. Players develop
habits of self-improvement by self-analysis skills, seeking professional
instruction, and accepting critiques from others.
7 Etiquette and Values:
Golf has a rich tradition of etiquette which lives on today. Playing
golf teaches youth how to behave towards self and others, and imparts
values such as truthfulness and strength during adversity.
8 Health: Golf is
an active game and is less injury prone than contact sports.
Conditioning for golf improves strength of core muscles that support the
spine, improves flexibility, and allows participants the opportunity to
be active and fit.
9 Controlling Emotions:
In golf as in life, there are achievements and disappointments.
Learning from mistakes and overcoming obstacles improves a player’s
game, and teaches them to optimistically carry out the same pattern in
day to day life.
10 Fun: Young people
grow up too quickly in today’s busy, technological world. Gathering with
friends to play golf gives young golfers the opportunity to spend
enjoyable times in friendly competition or collegiate companionship.
How and when to get your child started in Golf
Where to start with Clubs
The Best Starter Golf Clubs for Kids, By Age
U.S. Kids Fitting Center
Get them in an introductory Golf program
There are lots of organizations of which to choose from. What's the right age to enlist your child in a golf instruction program?
As stated in the video above it really depends on the individual child.
There are some factors you need to consider before enrolling. Such as:
-Attention span. In general a child's attention span is very short during their early years. Swinging a club can be dangerous. So, make sure your child is able to take directions from an instructor without you present.
-Type of program
Health and Fittness
Why Playing Multiple Sports—Not Just One—Is Best for Kids
Countless benefits of playing multiple sports are being forgotten in the midst of the specialization craze.
By Rob Bell
this day and age when trophies and scholarships dominate youth
athletics, kids are being pushed to specialize in a single sport as
early as their pre-teen years. Driven by the professionalization of youth sports, coaches and parents alike have turned their focus to making kids young experts in their sport of choice.
help prevent injury," some explain. Others caution that without
specialization, kids will "fall behind" or be unable to "play at the
But these claims are nothing more than myths that are
often at odds with the well-being of our children. In reality,
countless benefits of playing multiple sports
are being forgotten in the midst of the specialization craze. For
starters, improving fitness, motivation, confidence and creativity. But
perhaps more importantly: playing for the sake of the game itself and in
doing so, having some plain and simple, old-fashioned fun.
It's time to put the myths to bed. In reality, kids only stand to gain from playing multiple sports. Here's why:
1. Specializing actually leads to greater chance of injuries.
Instead of sharpening their overall athleticism in a well-rounded way, specialized athletes are repeating the same movements
with the same sets of muscles every day of the week. This has led to a
dramatic rise in the need for Tommy John surgery and reconstructive
surgery of elbow ligaments—to cite just two examples.
2. Sports skills and athletic movements transfer.
for a basketball works the same muscles swimmers use to push off the
starting blocks and develop a strong kick. A full 87 percent of 2015 NFL
draft picks were multi-sport athletes, and the average number of
multi-sport athletes in the NFL hovers around 70 percent. It's not
surprising when you consider that quickness, running, jumping, agility,
throwing and countless other moves are all transferable skills.
3. Multi-sport athletes learn to compete.
sport requires its own unique levels of focus and resiliency. Some
games, like baseball, are more drawn out and require long-term attention
punctuated with quick action. Other sports are all about pacing and
endurance. The broader the exposure young athletes get to these
different conditions, the better. Resiliency and focus, too, are
4. Multi-sport athletes have a greater sports I.Q.
They develop a feel for any game they are playing. Ever heard about football players taking ballet classes? This helps not just to transfer athletic movements, but also to enhance their appreciation for different types of movements. Thanks to cross-training, multi-sport athletes are overall more creative and less mechanical in their approach.
5. Burnout becomes less frequent in multi-sport athletes.
doesn't take long for kids to fizzle from going to five must-do
showcase events and traveling every weekend in the summer. Ultimately, they stop enjoying the process.
The balance and variety that comes from playing multiple sports offers
keeps young athletes alert, engaged and, literally, on their toes.
6. Multi-sport athletes are better teammates.
got lots of experience at it! They're used to interacting with a
variety of teammates and coaches within different contexts. This is
priceless training for athletics of all sorts and life.
Remember, too: grit, tenacity and the will to compete
are traits that transfer across all sports. In applying the essential
lessons from one sport to others, kids are better athletes overall.
Cultivating these while building character is the true purpose of youth
sports, which above all serves as a metaphor for life.
Rob Bell, Ph.D.,
is a sport psychology coach and owner of DRB & Associates, where he
works with athletes, coaches and teams, including at Notre Dame
University, on achieving peak performance. He is the author of "Don't 'Should' On Your Kids: Build Their Mental Toughness," co-authored with Bill Parisi.
Link to original article: http://www.parenting.com/child/health/why-playing-multiple-sports%E2%80%94not-just-one%E2%80%94-best-kids
Going to College?
1) Inaugural Tokyu Group Scholarship program in partnership with Aloha Section PGA Foundation
In proud partnership with Tokyu Group, the Aloha Section
PGA Foundation is currently accepting applications for the inaugural
Tokyu Group scholarship program. The program will recognize Hawaii’s top
golf athletes that have excelled both athletically and academically
throughout their junior golf careers.
The Tokyu Group Scholarship is designed to award one-year
educational scholarships. Applicants must be current high school seniors
who plan to attend an accredited college or university in the 2018-2019
academic year. Special awards may be granted based on the availability
of funds and discretion of the Aloha Section PGA Foundation Scholarship
Here is the link to the scholarship site: www.aspga.com/foundation/tokyu-scholarship/
2) The LPGA Foundation presents multiple scholarship opportunities for all female junior golfers who qualify
scholarships are now available for applications.
We would like as many young women to
have the opportunity to receive our scholarships.
These are the
three college scholarships that we offer:
Marilynn Smith –
30 scholarships, $5,000 to those playing collegiate golf
Dinah Shore – 1 scholarship, $5,000 to someone not playing in college
scholarship, $1,250 to a minority student who will be
playing collegiate golf.
Here is the link to the
scholarship site: www.girlsgolf.org/about/scholarships