With Kids Leaving Golf in Record Numbers, golfersadvice.com Offers ‘A Parents Survival Guide to Keeping Your Kids on Course with Golf’

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With a growing number of kids giving up on golf after a few weeks, an online consumer golfing news and instruction website called golfersadvice.com has published an eBook for parent’s interested in helping their kids play golf, instead of hunkered down behind a computer playing video games or social networking all weekend.

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While there are many golf tips for beginners available to the public, the website says most of them focus on techniques, instead of parenting.

With a growing number of kids giving up on golf after a few weeks, an online consumer golfing news and instruction website called golfersadvice.com has published an eBook for parent’s interested in helping their kids play golf, instead of hunkered down behind a computer playing video games or social networking all weekend. The free, downloadable publication is called, ”Golf Tips For Beginners – A Parent’s Survival Guide to Keeping Your Kids On Course with Golf.”

“It’s a long name, we know, but we feel strongly that the game of golf is fantastic for kids on so many levels. However, too many of kids seem to be giving up on the sport, much to the disappointment of their parents who envision wonderful bonding times together sharing the sport they love,” said golfersadvice.com Senior Writer Joe Brown. “No question, golf is a difficult sport and frustrating at times for all of us, so if kids aren’t introduced to the game with the proper mindset and instruction, they’re just going to quit – and that where proper sports parenting can be so important.”

Since Brown believes part of the solution lies in making the game easier as the child is learning how to play. He points out that most kids start out playing T-Ball before advancing to Little League and live pitching. “Sure, it’s difficult to compare the two sports, but Little League has come up with a way to make sure kids experience the excitement and thrill of hitting a baseball or softball as they build confidence, well before trying to catch up to a 40 to 60 mph fastball.”

While there are many golf tips for beginners available to the public, the website says most of them focus on techniques, instead of parenting. “While we outline a number of basic beginning golf tips for kids, what makes our eBook, ”Golf Tips For Beginners – A Parent’s Survival Guide To Keeping Your Kids On Course with Golf,” is that much of the advice is actually for parents.”

Brown says that parents should try to do everything possible to make the game easier for their kids in the beginning, which he adds is always difficult for busy moms and dads trying to juggle work, school – shuttling the kids all over town – and then what’s for dinner.

“Let’s face it, golf is difficult (and time consuming) enough for those of us who have been playing the sport for many years, it’s certainly no fun for a kid to go out on the course with their parents, and other adults, shoot a ridiculous number and spend much of the day searching for lost balls in the woods,” he said. “One of the ideas being advanced by the USGA, and golfersadvice.com endorses, is a program called ‘Tee it Forward’ that enables beginning players to move the tee forward enough to make the holes more age appropriate in length.”

Brown says there are a number of things parents can do to help ensure their kid enjoys their initial golf experiences.

“For example, it’s always a good ideal to call your local golf course and discuss the best times for kids to play,” Brown said. “The last thing you want as a parent is to have your son or daughter feeling pressured because they’re holding other groups up. We always recommended nine-hole community golf courses are great places to start building a child’s confidence in golf. You may belong to a beautiful country club, but these little neighborhood layouts typically do a very good job making youngsters, and their parents, feel welcome.”

Another idea for parents to consider in ”Golf Tips For Beginners – A Parent’s Survival Guide To Keeping Your Kids on Course with Golf” is not keeping score for at least the first few outings. “They don’t keep score in T-Ball, and we feel that parents should refrain from keeping score until the child is comfortable with his or her progress on the course, and begin asking to keep score. “If a parent insists on keeping score from the beginning, we recommend sitting down with the child and share stories about how challenging the sport was for you starting out, (still is), and that the most important thing is just to have fun.”

For additional free eBook materials and articles on how to get your kid off to a great start in golfing, go to http://golfersadvice.com/.

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