3 Tips to Teach Golf to Kids



Teaching golf to youngsters can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can have in the game. Seeing the pure joy on a child’s face watching the ball fly into the air after hitting it in the sweetspot for the first time is truly a one of a kind moment. But often is the case when kids try to learn the game, get frustrated with all the things to remember, and wind up with a distaste for the game and don’t return.


At American Golf, we believe in spreading the game to everyone, and we think we can all do our part to teach the game to someone who does not play. Kids who grow up playing golf and actually enjoying it are very likely to carry the game with them their entire lives, and in turn, pass the game on to others.

This post is designed to give you some ideas for how to leave a positive impression of the game with the kids you teach.

Keep it Fun

This is probably the most important aspect to teaching kids. Give them the freedom to say what they want to do. Rather than trying to develop the proper swing mechanics right from the start, let them enjoy just whacking the ball. Most of the times as adults, we want to teach the proper fundamentals so bad habit aren’t developed. Often times this manifests itself in creating a structure and rules to the swing. Kids want to be free and creative, so let them hit the ball between their legs, or whatever other crazy stuff they want to do. By focusing on fun initially instead of developing a a great swing, your student will be more likely to want to come out again- and that’s the biggest key to developing a golfer.

Start Short

It doesn’t take much muscle to get the ball in the air, but if you’re 4, it might be all your strength. However, almost anyone can putt, and this is probably the best place to start. There are a few reasons why starting on and around the green is a better place than starting on the range. First off, the entire object of the game is to get the ball in the hole. If you create a good develop a good putter, you’ll inherently develop a good golfer. Additionally, most shots happen around the green, so learning to chip and pitch well can make a big impact once it’s time to learn a full swing. This is also a great chance to teach some of the etiquette of golf, such as not stepping in another player’s line, how to tend a flag, and the order of putting from farther to closest to the hole.


Always have a reward for coming to the golf course to reinforce the positive. Something small like ice cream always works well. The important thing is to make sure to emphasize that this is something fun and there should be no pressure. Even if they don’t hit the ball well, still give them something at the end. After all, who doesn’t love a little ice cream.


What are some keys that you use to teach the game? We’d love to hear your feedback in the comments section below!

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5 predictions for the world of golf in 2017

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What lies ahead in the world of golf for the New Year? Here are five predictions, including a scenario where we see Sergio Garcia winning his first major title.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 | 10:36 a.m.

Are you as excited for the new year as we are?

While golf seasons in the professional ranks have never been longer, it’ll still be nice to flip the calendar to 2017 and get back to golf that matters, won’t it?

As we often do this time of year, here are some predictions in the world of golf for the 12 months ahead of us.

5. Rory McIlroy will win the Masters and complete the career grand slam. It’s the only one of the four glorious carrots still dangling in the face of the Ulsterman. Remember in 2011 when McIlroy looked to be in total control of the tournament going into the final nine holes and then totally derailed with a tee shot at the 10th hole and he wound up in a tie for 15th? He bounced right back a couple months later to claim his first major victory in the U.S. Open at Congressional. Over the last three trips to Augusta National, McIlroy has finished T8, fourth and T10, respectively. Like everyone else who has earned a trip to the Masters, McIlroy has the 2017 tournament circled on his calendar… but those dates are circled twice on his calendar and colored in with a highlighter. He wants this one baaaad.

4. Tiger Woods will win on the PGA Tour for the first time since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. OK. I know he only beat two players in the 17-man field a few weeks back at the Hero World Challenge, but I was encouraged by what I saw from Tiger in the Bahamas. The swing looks more in control than ever before. That’s certainly not to say it’s the best swing he’s ever had in his career. It simply is meant to drive home the point that it isn’t as violent, which — hopefully — will alleviate some of the stress on his back and knees. I don’t think we’ll ever see early-2000s Tiger Woods again. That would be crazy. He’s going to be 41 years old when 2017 begins. But tell me you weren’t excited about that 65 in the Bahamas. It’ll be all about putting four rounds together for the 14-time major champ and I think he will still be able to do that on occasion.

3. Sergio Garcia will win a major championship. You may not realize this, but only three times since turning professional in 1999 — 2000, 2010, 2012 — has Garcia gone an entire year without a top-10 finish in at least one of the season’s four major. Yet, still, he has nothing to show for the fine play in terms of hardware… just four runner-up finishes. In recent years, we’ve seen the likes of Adam Scott, Jason Day and Henrik Stenson all get the major monkey off their backs. I think Garcia follows suit in 2017.

2. There will be another 58 recorded in a PGA Tour event. Jim Furyk fired the Tour’s first and only 58 at the Travelers Championship in 2016. I believe another player will step up and fire that low, low number again this season. The biggest reason? Since it has been done, players now know it’s attainable. It’s ridiculously stupid low, but attainable. I’d imagine that when a score like that is in reach, it’s hard not to think ahead. But there has to be a part of a player where the tension is eased by the thought, “It’s not like it’s never been done before.” With all the firepower the players on Tour possess these days, along with courses that offer driveable par 4s, we’re going to see another 58 sooner rather than later.

1. Wesley Bryan will be the PGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year. One half of the Bryan Brothers trick-shot duo, Wesley had a breakout season on the Web.com Tour in 2016, winning three times to receive an automatic performance promotion to the PGA Tour. He already has a PGA Tour top 10 under his belt — a T8 in the John Deere Classic late last summer. So far in the 2016-17 season, Bryan has made the cut in three of his four starts. He’s going to carry the momentum from his days on the Web.com Tour and turn some heads in the big leagues.

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.

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Here’s a first look at Donald Trump and Tiger Woods playing at Trump International in West Palm Beach

The President Elect and Tiger Woods are playing one of the most anticipated rounds of golf of the month, with the 14-time major winner teeing it up with Donald Trump on Friday at Trump International G.C. in West Palm Beach, Fla.

It has been an interesting 24 hours for Tiger — first posting a photo of himself shirtless on social media, describing a Christmas tradition he shares with his children.

After sharing Mac Daddy Santa with the world, it looks like he’s still in character — even as he takes the course with the soon-to-be 45th president of the United States.

We’d have to think that Tiger’s gift from his Ryder Cup teammates — shirts saying “Make Tiger Great Again” — will come up in conversation. It’d certainly be fascinating to hear where else the chatter went during their round.

Trump, whose GHIN is listed as a 2.8, says he hasn’t played much golf over the past six months while on the campaign trail. Both he and Tiger have residences in Palm Beach — and the 14-time major champion won the WGC-Cadillac at Trump National Doral in 2013.

Greetings !

As the team here at Cypress Lakes celebrates our 48th holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to all of you who have made our success possible.

We would like to express our sincerest appreciation for your loyalty and support, and for all the great years you have been with us. We look forward to delighting you in the new year with new improvements to the course and will continue to work hard to earn your business.

From all of us at Cypress Lakes , we wish you long straight drives  and several hole in ones  in the new year.  Good Golfing!!!

Cypress Lakes Staff

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