After many years of playing once or twice a summer, I finally took the headfirst plunge into golf this year. I love it for so many reasons. It's pretty much all I think about and want to do in my spare time. And I've improved a little. Then there is my son. He's 10 and not really into "ball" sports, probably because he's a little on the uncoordinated side and sports are really hard for him. A couple of weeks ago - on a whim - I took him to the local pitch and putt, so I could work on my shortgame. We had a blast. Probably for the first time ever, we enjoyed playing a sport together. We have a great relationship, but sports haven't really been a part of it. He uses a baseball grip and his swing mechanics aren't there (neither are mine, to be honest), but he can make solid forward contact on a regular basis and sometimes he gets the golf ball in the air for 20 yards or so.
Obviously, we're going to keep playing, but I have a few questions:
1. I don't want to burn him out with lessons and an emphasis on fundamentals, quite yet, since he's having fun just swinging away. Is this a mistake?
2. What is a better use of time, pitch & putt or letting him tag along with me on a "real"course? (I refuse to use a motorized cart and I'm not sure he wouldn't start complaining after a few holes)
3. Anybody have experience with 1st Tee? Does a participant need to come from a disadvantaged household?