We all want our kids to be active and enjoy the outdoors. The challenge always lies in finding the right sport for your kids or physical activity they like. Young children are often full of energy, and it is not impossible for them to develop an interest in physical sports. However, some parents find conventional sports too physical and exposes their children to possible injuries.
Thankfully, there are sports like golf that offer children a safer outlet for their young competitive spirit. Golf is an ideal sport for kids for the following reasons:
Golf is a competitive, challenging and safe game.
From an outsider’s perspective, golf may not seem to have the physical demands that other sports do, such as football, soccer or rugby. However, making a single score with accuracy is something that even the veteran golfer would agree requires skill, strength and effort. A lot of skill and effort goes into a golfer’s swing to hit the ball just right.
Golf allows kids to enjoy the outdoors.
Unlike some mainstream sports that are often played indoors, like basketball, golfers enjoy being outdoors. Golf courses are usually located in less noisy, less populated and polluted areas, offering plenty of space, natural beauty and fresh air. Being outdoors where the senses are stimulated can result in more improved cognitive function as well as a positive environment to play.
Golf improves self-control and self-confidence.
While golf is more of an individual sport, it can still be played with others. Kids learn to have confidence, self-esteem and keep their emotions under control as the game is about patience and focus. They learn about which areas of the game they can improve upon and with lessons, how to improve upon them. The game ultimately provides a platform for every child to showcase their own abilities and skills.
Golf builds connections.
When playing in public, golf courses are shared by several people at a time prompting the need for certain rules of conduct in order to get everyone playing well with one another and moving the game along. Golf can teach kids how to behave appropriately and respect others, as well as offer them a great way to build relationships and make new connections.