A new mantra

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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

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