Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Golf Basics For Kids

When teaching golf to kids, FUN is the name of the game. Throw in all the technical jargon at the beginning and you will effectively kill a child's desire to learn. Allow a child to "play" golf for enjoyment, and he'll become a life-long convert of the game!

Hours of practice will only overwhelm a child, so just allow him or her to practice a little bit at first, say 30 minutes. This will keep motivation for practice high.

And it's okay to let them start by hitting the ball hard. That's part of the fun! Don't worry about their grip right off the bat. Just have them keep the right hand under the left and then swing away!

I'd also make sure the child keeps his or her feet on the ground while following through.

Now, if you want to buy a child's set of clubs, that's fine, but you're likely to do just as well with a used set of women's clubs. They're lighter and nice for kids. All you need is a women's 9 iron, a 6 iron, 3-wood and a putter.

Let your child start out with little chipping and putting games. This play will help him or her get the feel for the club and the ball. Kids can bounce the ball off the face of a wedge and try hitting leaves or twigs.

Little contests and games keep motivation high. Avoid pressure or competition early on. You want your child to enjoy the game and want to play it every chance they get, not end up so confused and unfocused that they can't figure out what to do and just quit in frustration.

If you're encouraging, your child will love for you to play alongside of them. Just don't start demanding wins and emphasizing competition, or you'll pop the enthusiasm really fast.

Children will move along as they're ready. Letting them progress at their own pace prevents future burnout. Never make a child play the game, unless he wants to. The game should be fun, and a simple joy. Laugh and have a blast yourself!

If your child's interest increases, you might consider golf camp or some private lessons with someone experienced in teaching children. If you do seek a personal instructor for your child, watch how the person teaches first. You really want an encouraging person with a knack for teaching kids.

Also, please remember to teach your child the etiquette of golf. Little things are very important, like: Don't talk while someone else is swinging. Don't step in front of someone while they're swinging. Stand still. Don't walk in front of someone else's line or through line.

Finally, never criticize. Praise their shots and swings. Encourage them to correct certain moves, but don't dwell on what was done incorrectly.

If you concentrate on the most important aspects of golf "the enjoyment and the basics" you may end up with a child who rivals you on the range and who enjoys a lifelong love for the game.

About the author: Steve Johnson is writes on a large variety of subjects and topics. Currently Steve is involved in the new IPTV industry that promises to revolutionize the way you watch TV.

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Lady Golf Clubs

Beginner set of golf clubs checks and guidelines for selecting a first set of lady golf clubs. A starter set is not only meant for a beginners. Such a set can also be used for ladies with a high handicap, which means you need more than 100 strokes at a par 72 course. You do not need to purchase a complete ladies set right away. I will explain why below. You could opt for:

* 5-iron
* 7-iron
* 9-iron
* Pitching Wedge - PW
* Sand Wedge - SW
* 3-wood
* 7-wood
* 9-wood
* Putter

With a complete starter set of golf clubs like this you can first explore the possibilities of the clubs as well as become familiar with your own game. And it enables you to handle actually any situation on the golf course. So, maybe you first can start to look at used or preowned woods, irons and wedges to make up a recommended beginner set of golf clubs. And discover what combination of clubs in your bag best fits your needs. Of course, various combinations are conceivable. If you nevertheless still want to have a complete woman golf set right from the beginning, be sure of your play and your swing on the course.

Checklist For Making Up Your Beginner Set Of Golf Clubs

beginner set golf clubs

Choose for high loft - Choose lady golf clubs that are most comfortable to you, and with which you can reach a great distance: irons and woods with a high loft. Loft means, to put it simply, the angle at which the club face is placed to the shaft, expressed in degrees. The higher the loft, the easier it is to get under the ball and to get a higher ball arc.

beginner set of golf clubs

Learn from other golfers how they made up their starter set and how they have improved their game. And do your excercises in the chipping and pitching area with high lofted lady wedges - with a proper lie - that can be rented at your golf centre. If, in the beginning, you hit better when using the lady 7-wood and 9-wood, then leave the 5-iron at home for a couple of weeks.

lady golf club

Additional clubs - If you are a more advanced player, you can add a lady golf driver and a 5-wood. And consider an additional wedge to fill up the gaps in your beginner set of golf clubs - a Lob Wedge, Gap Wedge or an Approach Wedge to further improve your short distance play.

lady golf clubs

Putter - Choose a putter that fully corresponds with your play. A putter of a different brand may work better for you.

lady golf clubs

Grips - Pay attention to the grip sizes and materials of your beginner clubs, and relate the information to your grip technique.

beginner set of golf clubs

Shafts - Pay attention to the shafts of your beginner set of ladies golf clubs. Learn how to handle the slightly longer shafts of the woods on the driving range. Take your time in doing so.

beginner set of golf clubs

Heads - Pay attention to the head sizes and forms, and head material of your beginner set of golf clubs.

Source :
All About Lady Golf Clubs