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Golf tip of the week: Allow young golfers to have fun

PHOTO PROVIDED Younger golfers pose for a photo. Younger golfers should have fun and learn the game at the same time.

I have given many junior golf clinics and lessons alike, if there is anything that I have learned it is to allow them to have fun and learn at the same time.

Some parents have the idea that their young offsprings might grow up to be a Tiger Woods. Not to say that is not a possibility, but the odds are quite low that is going to happen.

Honestly, the odds are much better if you allow them to enjoy the game without pressure. If you push them too hard, they may burn out and lose interest. However, your full support is essential and needed for them to progress. It’s no different than learning to dance or learning to play a musical instrument.

When I teach a very young person, I start with short lessons (15 minutes or so). I allow them to learn at their own pace, critiquing them a little at a time. After a few lessons, they usually start to ask questions. That’s an indication they are ready and willing to get a bit more serious.

It’s much like growing a plant: too much fertilizer or plant food will stunt its growth.

Don’t forget to enjoy this great game called golf.

Rick Musselman, golf author and professional, owns Musselman’s Golf in Williamsport.

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