Ig­nit­ing Pas­sion For The Game

Help­ing young ath­letes learn to love learn­ing golf

Golf Asia - - GOLFING SCENE -

At first glance, the pro­gram con­ducted by My First Par may look dif­fer­ent from what is nor­mally seen in other ju­nior golf pro­grams. Chil­dren will be run­ning around chas­ing soc­cer balls and ten­nis balls be­ing hit, kicked or thrown by them. Or even play­ing games around the bunker, hop­ping, skipping and jump­ing across the tee box and giv­ing each other high fives to cel­e­brate a great shot. All of th­ese are by de­sign, as the goal of My First Par is to turn the kids into ath­letes first, and then golfers.

In ju­nior golf pro­grammes adopt­ing a one-di­men­sional ap­proach to teach­ing the golf swing in iso­la­tion from the game, chil­dren are told what they’re do­ing wrong and then told how to fix it. This ap­proach over­looks many facts about learn­ing golf, not least of which is the re­al­iza­tion that this sim­ply isn’t fun for the young learn­ers. Kids are not phys­i­cally and men­tally equipped

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