A new mantra
Six-year-old Jack Durkin from Shropshire may be another person to entice young people to take up golf. He recently appeared on BBC TV with a swing many of us older players would give our eye teeth to attain. Young boys and girls are natural mimics and copycats, thus the powers that be, faced with decreasing numbers, have another string to their bow in their efforts to stem the decline.
The R&A has done its bit by advocating clubs, private and public, should have membership open to both sexes, and there can be little doubt ladies will extend a better welcome to juniors than some of the ‘old geezers’ who consider them as intruders.
Club professionals are also contributing by visiting local primary schools and setting up classes for juveniles at favourable rates.
On a personal level, I am doing everything possible to encourage my great grandsons to take up the greatest game in the world, having failed with my own offspring.
Years ago I asked Fred Daly if my eldest, aged ten, was too young to have lessons, and I received a succinct response: “You’re five years too late.” Let’s start adopting the slogan “from the cradle to the grave.” Peter Hughes, Burnham