Over the many years that I have been involved in coaching, there is one common denominator for every sport. If we do not make the game fun, kids will find something else to do with their time. As an athlete, I was the same way and actually still am; if it is not fun, why play? Golf is especially challenging because of the time commitment, cost, and the number of movements involved in one swing. Additionally, success is not always guaranteed, so all the more reason to make golf fun.
I remember coaching several teams where learning a cool cheer was more important than learning any skill. At first, I would balk at this idea. However, I found out that if I let them come up with their own unique cheer, the were having fun and that made learning other specific skills more fun. It was a hard lesson for me to learn, but once I did, it helped a great deal getting the young athletes on board to train.
I have only taught golf a few times to young players and I do find it difficult. The reason is that I do not know how to make golf fun for beginners without teaching the fundamentals first. I still do not have a game plan, but I have the start of one thanks to the following quick video for the LPGA.
This little ditty is brilliant. It quickly sums up all the required movements in a 30 second song that many young players would enjoying learning. This song along would be two lessons of 20 minutes. Then the players have something they can remember as they practice at home.
Refining each segment of the song comes later after the beginner has a grasp on the entire swing. This particular technique is fun, easy to learn, and repeatable. All the key components of trying to teach any kid how to play golf.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!