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What's The Best Way To Introduce My Daughter To Golf?

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My daughter is 11.  She's expressed an interest in learning to play golf.  We're very close, and I think she loves the idea of us having a way to spend time together, just the two of us.  Obviously, I'm excited about the idea too.

Do any forum members have experiences introducing the game to a family member?  Any particular experience with youngsters?  Girls in particular?

My suspicion is that it would be a good idea for her to have some lessons before she picks up a club, to get her on the right path.  There's a very active junior section at my club, and one of the pros specialises in youngsters.  I don't know if he's any good, though!

What about clubs?  My son plays, but has never taken it seriously, and never had any lessons.  He has a few junior clubs - I think a Driver, a 4H, a 7I a 9I and a SW, from memory.  However, I'd be happy to get her her own stuff - I think she'd like to have something that wasn't a handmedown.

Thoughts, advice, counter-indications, etc all welcome!

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I would take her to your club's range first.  Let her first experience the travails of hitting a golf ball.  Then she'll be more ready for lessons. 

Let that pro who works with the juniors try to work his magic.  She will end up getting on the course with the other juniors.  That's a good thing.  Make sure you reserve time for just the two of you, as well.  Though she will have shared allegiances.  

You might want to take some lessons, too, to keep up with your daughter.

Good things ahead.

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Thanks for the thoughts!  Yep, I'm planning to have some more lessons.  I had one about 7 weeks ago, and definitely keen to have another.  However, the person I've been to before, and plan to go to again isn't very local (an hour or more away).  That said, I think he's really good, and would be happy to introduce him to my daughter.  I just wonder whether it makes much more sense for her to start with the pro at my club, as you suggest.

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16 minutes ago, Dornenglanz said:

I just wonder whether it makes much more sense for her to start with the pro at my club, as you suggest.

Just my personal thoughts... having a golfing kid of my own... don't drag your daughter an hour away for lessons.  Make it quick and easy for her initially.  Otherwise she could bail.  When she's attaining a certain level of gamesmanship... gamespersonship, then she'll be more open to traveling for lessons.

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Same advice I always give: make sure she has fun at the golf course. If that's trying to catch frogs or making footprints in the bunkers (rake them after she's done), cool. Driving the cart? Cool. If she has fun on the golf course, she'll enjoy going with you, and will eventually try to make putts or take a few swings.

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8 minutes ago, iacas said:

Same advice I always give: make sure she has fun at the golf course. If that's trying to catch frogs or making footprints in the bunkers (rake them after she's done), cool. Driving the cart? Cool. If she has fun on the golf course, she'll enjoy going with you, and will eventually try to make putts or take a few swings.

Thank you - I really loved seeing your daughter help in the putting video!  Does she play much?

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2 minutes ago, Dornenglanz said:

Thank you - I really loved seeing your daughter help in the putting video!  Does she play much?

Yeah.

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On 8/11/2020 at 7:59 PM, iacas said:

I am going to be showing my youngest daughter these videos.  I'm getting her to coil instead of standing up in her back swing.

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