A great game for juniors

Things have changed – some for the good and some for the not so good – during my 45 years in golf. But change is inevitable, so let’s look at a few of the good reasons to get your children involved in the game:

Golf is the game of a lifetime and the education is a never-ending quest for perfection. That, of course, is unattainable, but it sure is fun trying!

Children are grouped by age and skill level, which means they can learn with others from all walks of life.

It’s a game you can play with your children. In life there are so few things we can do with our kids as they grow up and get a life of their own, but golf is definitely something the family can enjoy together. When playing with your son or daughter, be a golfer and not a parent or a teacher. That way everyone can have fun.

How junior golf has changed is how life and our world are changing. Here’s a look at some issues facing the game at the youth level:

Though junior golf can be expensive there are programs and professionals who have created affordable and fun events for children of all ages and skill levels.

Parents spend thousands of dollars to get a partial college scholarship for their son or daughter. If children want to play golf in college parents should support their goals and visions and not force anything on them.

There are many quality PGA professionals who have great programs, but do your research to be safe. Many people associate bigger fees with better instruction, but that’s not always the case.

Some parents believe that Earl Woods made Tiger play golf, but what he really did was get his son to love golf and enjoy practicing.

If we get kids to love the game then they and their coach or mentor can create their own vision and goals. If children have the desire to play and get better, then it’s up to us to help them achieve their goals.

David Emerick is a PGA professional at The Crossings at Carlsbad and co-founder of the North County Junior Golf Association in San Diego.

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