As golf enthusiasts, we know that golf is a life long sport that offers many rewards, from physical activity -- to social interactions and friendships -- to developing discipline and character. That is why it is an exciting day when we see our children or grandchildren taking an interest in the sport, and we can finally get them that great kids golf set. However, a child’s interest can wane if there’s no chance to pursue their new interest. When winter comes along, or bad weather hits, what can you do to keep your child engaged in golf? Here are a few suggestions that will help keep them interested and even hone their skills.
The kids golf set you give your child has one club that is crucial to golf at every level: the putter. Putting is the key to shooting a good round, and it is one of the easiest golf skills to practice indoors. So it is a perfect “bad weather” or wintertime golf activity. You can pick up your putter and join your child, turning a practice putting session into family game time.
My Kids Golf Clubs has an assortment of equipment to help make your indoor putting more fun and create a putting experience that will translate to actual greens once the weather improves.
For starters, we carry the Golf Putting Practice Cup. It is light, mobile, you can set it up on any flat surface and it is the perfect target for putting. It is made of durable plastic, so it is tough enough to withstand prolonged use. If you have several, you can set up a “course” through your house to kick up the fun quotient.
A step up in sophistication is the Pro Circuit Jr. Electric Putting Cup. This is a great idea for a child who enjoys practicing on his own. The cup is regulation size, and it returns balls automatically, so your child won’t get frustrated having to run and retrieve their ball after every putt. One word of caution, though… if you start using the Pro Circuit Jr. Electric Putting Cup, your child might have a tough time getting it back from your playtime. It is so much fun, once you start, you won’t want to stop.
If your child really wants to get an indoor putting system that feels like the real thing, try the ProActive Sports ProCircuit II Putt Return System. It comes with a putting surface that stimps to a 9, the average speed of a green, so your child can develop a feel for putting that will translate to real golf situations. The system features a regulation size cup and it returns both missed and made putts, so the action never has to stop.
There is another putting green that is great for golfers of every level. It is the Mini-Green Putting Green. It has everything you need to create a true golf experience inside your home. It features a professional quality green with two cups and pin flags. And if that isn’t enough, it even has adjustable breaks, so you and your child can really work on your game. It gives you everything you expect from a real putting green, long putts, true roll of the ball, solid feel, and even chipping! All you have to do is unroll it and start playing. It is also suitable for outdoor use so you can enjoy it in the backyard during the summer.
If you have an area of your house, maybe a family room or an old school “rumpus room,” where there is enough room for your child to swing a club safely, they could practice their swing with foam practice balls. MyKidsGolfClubs.com offers several assortments of inexpensive foam practice balls that can keep your child in the swing of things when the weather is keeping them off the course and away from the driving range.