HOW TO TEACH GOLF TO YOUNG KIDS


– Welcome, Adam Bazalgette here, two time PGA Teacher of
the Year award winner. Today’s subject, a
really good one, I think, teaching golf to kids. Let’s check it out. (mellow music) So, teaching golf to
kids, could be your kids, could be your grandkids or whatever really, really important
’cause this is how the game’s gonna grow. And, we wanna see them have fun. I’ve got quite a bit of experience in this and I’m gonna show you
what your real objective should be at the beginning entry level, younger kids and whatnot. And secondly, I’ll give
you some dos and don’ts things to avoid and things
you should emphasize as we go through the video. If you like the video please
subscribe to the channel. Would love to get more free content. Scratchgolfacademy.com is my website. Have full courses in
every aspect of the game including one-on-one
internet lessons with me. Okay, let’s check it out. Okay, before we get
into the dos and don’ts, at least a couple on my list of teaching young kids golf here’s the
thing you’ve gotta know. This is not an easy
game, and I don’t care, the club face is small down there. I don’t care how coordinated
the little kid is if they’re younger and they’re new to golf they’re not gonna have consistent success and hit the ball solidly. So, that’s not necessarily your object. The only way they’re
gonna develop that skill that you gotta have to play decent golf is if they stick with it. So, in order for them to stick
with it, I’m telling you, they have to feel that golf is fun. If that isn’t that way for them with golf, if their experience is difficult
and dad keeps yelling at me they’re not gonna stick with it. So, you tell me if my
little student here Laney is having any fun. Let’s check it out. Hi, we’re gonna aim over here. What’s more fun hitting it on the range or hitting it in the lake? – Hitting into the lake. – Okay, show me then. Nice one, wanna try one more?
– Yes. – Why is it more fun
to hit it in the lake? Just is, huh? – ‘Cause you’re hitting it in the lake. – Okay. – That one looks more white. (laughs) – Did you see it bounce out on the water? (laughs) Good job. You like M and Ms?
– Yeah. – [Adam] Have a couple. So we eat a couple, then
we hit some balls, right? – Uh-huh.
– Excellent. You like driving the golf cart? – Yeah.
– It’s fun, isn’t it? Okay, a little bit this way. You’re getting good at
this, you know, okay. Okay, so Laney came to
me about a year ago. Her mother brought her
out, wanted her to try golf see if it was a fit. And, as you can see we
have some fun doing it. She loves to drive the golf cart in a safe way, who wouldn’t? Loves to have a little bit of candy. Loves hitting a couple of
balls down by the lake. We use a couple of old ones
and it’s kind of a reward for hanging in there and doing well. We walk down by the edge
of the lake and do that. We’ll take a nature break
if something interesting in nature happens we’ll put the club down and go take a look at that. Point is, she learned to
have fun early in golf and within a few weeks
she was asking her mom if she could keep coming
out for golf lessons. And, it’s only in that
context sticking with it that she’s gained some skill. We’ll talk about that
here in just a second. Now, let me give you
two don’ts, two things you really gotta avoid
when you teach these kids and two things I would recommend. First don’t, and this
is biggie, don’t offer corrections and fixes every
time they mis-hit the ball. They’re not gonna hit
it that consistently. If every time they mis-hit it you dive in and say, “You moved your head,
you straightened your arm,” or whatever it is you did,
“you didn’t watch the ball,” it’s purgatory and it doesn’t help. Believe me if you were
teaching a kid to walk, a two or three year old,
what do you have to do? This is something I learned
from one of my mentors, Fred Shoemaker, you don’t correct
them every time they fall. They know they fell. You provide a safe environment. You put cushions down. You make sure there’s no
sharp edges to the furniture. Let ’em make mistakes, let ’em develop and encourage them. So, don’t number one
is don’t try to correct with a fix every time they make a mis-hit. Number two don’t, see a
lot of parents doing this. They kind of know what a good
golf swing should look like and they try to discipline
their kid’s swing to make it too good looking
and they take motion out. Listen, these little guys and
gals aren’t that strong so, me back up a bit you’ll
frequently see them moving their feet and moving around. That’s how they can create
some motion and some energy. Let them do that. Let them have some motion. Far more important to create some dynamics and some speed then to
look really disciplined, feet and head still. So, those are the two don’ts. Two of the dos, generally
speaking pay more attention to the golf club. Teach ’em with the golf club. Don’t teach ’em what their
knees should be doing and their head and their legs. I’ll show you Laney in just a minute and some of the development she’s had. And secondly, the kind of
feedback that’s valuable to them, we just said when they’re learning to walk hey if they fall they know it. They don’t need you to
tell them you fell over and they react to that. But, the golf club not quite so obvious. So, if they’re hitting balls,
let’s say off the very end of the club and it’s going
off line, going to the side go tell ’em, “Hey, you’re making contact “with the ball right here,
that’s why it’s shooting there.” That’s feedback that’s helpful to them and doesn’t bog them down or tell them, “Hey, if you’re hitting
the top of the ball “that’s why it rolls. “You need to hit this way.” Give them some feedback
about what the club should be doing and let them
work out with their body how to make that happen. So, let’s have a little look at Laney. She’s hung in there for a year now. We have a great time when she comes out. I haven’t told her a
whole lot, but here’s how I’ve trained her a
little bit, check it out. So, there’s Laney the
first time she came in. And again, she’d hardly played any golf, a little undisciplined there. Kind of just a scoop,
obviously wasn’t getting a lot of solid contact. Now, really mostly what I’ve done with her is just take the club and
kind of hit it with her so she feels a little bit of that reaction of the club, the lag,
how to apply pressure to the ball, not to hit up on it. But, I don’t detail it
out in a lot of lingo. And, here we are after
she’s hung in for a while. And, watch this for an impact. That’s a great impact, it might be leaning a little too much through
the shaft or whatever, but she can hit some solid shots now. What a difference from
that all without saying a whole lot. If you look at her from
this angle same idea, she’s just got used to what the club does and her body reacts beautifully. So, she’s making progress
and she loves the game. So pretty good there, and
as I said I didn’t tell her a whole lot, we just
hung in there with it. So again, job one is they have
to associate golf with fun. Don’t number one, don’t
correct after every bad shot, offer some kind of solution as
to what might have happened. Number two don’t, don’t kill motion, let ’em move a little bit. Number three, give them feedback, but really regards to
club, where’s the ball hitting the club, why is the ball doing a few of the things it’s doing. And number four, there make
sure you’re teaching them more with the golf club
and less with their body as they go. If you do these things your kids will have a lot more fun. They’ll stick with the game. And, you’ll have a lot more fun with ’em in the game as well. And of course, it’s
critical we grow this game. Gotta have a generation of
people coming up that love it if it’s gonna survive and do well. Well, I hope those thoughts
are helpful for you with teaching golf to kids. As I say, I’ve had some
experience with this and I’ve got a sense of
what works and what doesn’t. And, I’ve had some good input, of course, from some other people in the industry that’ve helped me figure it out. So, if you like the video please subscribe to the channel. Would love to get you more free content. Scratchgolfacademy.com is my website, one-on-one internet lessons with me. Thanks again for your time. (clicks)

27 thoughts on “HOW TO TEACH GOLF TO YOUNG KIDS

  1. Thanks Adam! I have kids that I'm trying to teach golf to and this video really helps. I am the guy that corrects everything they do. I realize that this can be a hinder to their growth and enjoyment in the game. I'm going to implement the strategies you're teaching in this video. Thanks again!

  2. Great video Adam. My youngest daughter has shown a lot of interest in golf and this winter I am going to get her into it. Keep the great content coming.

  3. Thanks, been teaching my girlfriend how to play and it has been giving me extra range time.

    Might bring a long some M and Ms next time and let her hit a ball or two in the water to keep her spirits high.

  4. Thanks for another great video!  Thanks for listening too.  This is exactly what I asked for about 2 weeks back.  And since then, my son Teo and I have been getting out in the Electric Yamaha Golf Carts, and that alone has raised his interest level several notches!  We played 4 holes this afternoon in the Cart, and he went Bogey, Bogey, Quad Bogey (Long Par 5), and Double Bogey.  Very good golf from a 7.5 year old! … And another massive thanks to you, I went Bogey, Bogey, Par (on Par 5), and Par.  +2 over 4 holes… Just 3-4 months ago, without your help, that would have been +7, roughly!… Thanks again, from Simon & Teo, down at The Sands, Torquay, Australia.

  5. thanks for the help, my 10 year old started learning because she sees me play. your video helps a lot.

  6. Kids are a lot smarter than adults give them credit for… don’t be afraid to give them technique feedback, getting fundamentals down early is the key to avoiding bad habits…it should not take a year to be able to make solid contact!!!!! as long as it remains fun 👍🏼

  7. Great video! Would love to invite you all to my new golf channel where I share tips/tricks for players of all ages! Many thanks and happy golfing!

  8. You had me up into the candy and the little girl sitting between your legs…sorry not with my daughter your not….other than that solid video and ideas.

  9. Great ideas thanks for the help my son just picked up the game and I want him to like it this is the perfect way to keep him having fun

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