Playing golf is not only for the rich, the old, or the middle-aged men in plaid jeans. It’s a game for people of all ages, size, shape, and status. It’s fun, keeps you fit, helps reduce stress, and benefits your social life. It’s a good form of exercise for both the body and the mind. It teaches you to be calm as it keeps you away from the noise of every day busy life.
Playing golf with friends gives you a chance to chat and laugh. Teaching it to your kid is instilling in them not just knowledge and sportsmanship, but life lessons that they can take with them wherever they go and whatever circumstances they will face in life.
Truthfulness is the first value a child will learn when playing golf. He will learn the rules and follow them. A golfer watches his game. He calls for your penalty and reports his score. Honesty is etiquette. It’s not just important when engaging in sports but it’s essential in living a successful life. A cheater can never be best in his field. “Truth tends to lead to successful action,” according to Neel Burton M.D.
It takes humility to show respect. Golf teaches a person how to be modest and respectful in communicating with others. Your child will learn how to respect adults and even children like himself. In any sport, players are required to show good sportsmanship. At the end of every game, each player offers his hand in a handshake.
Quietness is vital when you are at the golf course. Players need to think, focus, and concentrate on their move. Staying quiet during the game especially if it’s your opponent’s turn is also a sign of respect. It also teaches your kid to restrain and control. That is a life skill that is hard to learn.
Tee time is announced ahead of time. There is no reason not to be there at least five minutes before. Inability to be there on time automatically disqualifies you from the game. Being on time is a good practice not just when joining a tournament but in every occasion in your life, be it in school, work, or dates.
“You probably know that being impatient isn’t helpful or healthy. When we try to speed things up, we only get worked up and stress ourselves out. Which affects everything from ruining a good meal to pushing people away,” said Casey Radle, LPC. To be patient is indeed a virtue especially in the game of golf. It would be hard for you to score if you get ahead and hit the putt without concentrating and focusing enough. Shots will not always be perfect. But learning the skill of patient waiting until luck swings your way is key to successful golfing. It will allow you to think, focus, and get the rhythm and timing to release that free and sweet swing. Patience brings chance, luck, and opportunities. According to Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S., “Patience is a muscle we can strengthen. The key is to employ some relaxation strategies, avoid making assumptions and refocus on our emotional needs.”
Accepting That Sometimes Things Will Not Go Your Way
Even the pros sometimes face difficult situations on the greens. They even shank their chip shots. You cannot always control the situation. Unfortunate things can happen no matter how confident you are when hitting a shot. You can miss, land your ball on penalty areas, or have an unplayable ball. These are things that are hard to accept but you must. Instead of having a fragile self-confidence when something goes wrong, you’ll be more iron-willed to get your ball back on the right track.
Finding your ball in the penalty area or immovable obstruction can be a tough challenge. It’s part of the game to allow you to practice and hone your problem-solving skills in order to map out a strategy to work your way on the greens. Same problem-solving skills can be applied in life when faced with obstacles.
Better your handicap by having a focused mind while in the course. Multitasking is a no-no because you need to be emotionally and mentally concentrated on the 18 holes. Putting your head on your goal is a very positive attitude. A focused mind will allow you to face your situation with clear thoughts and think of strategies to get your ball in the hole.
Dangers and accidents can happen in the field. The golf clubs and golf balls are hard and unsafe equipment. You might hit someone or yourself. Safety is always taught especially to novice golfers. Not allowing your child to do practice swings in the path of another person so as not to hit or hurt anyone is instilling discipline in him. Safety, when learned and practiced, can benefit many facets of life and your children’s activities (biking, swimming, and other sport). He will also observe safety within the home, school, play, and work environment.
Opening your child’s mind that he can play better today than yesterday will encourage him to improve his craft. The secret is in constant practicing, persistent learning, and listening to what you or his trainer has to say. This will teach him that whatever he is doing, there will always be room for improvement.
There is just so much to learn from playing golf. One important thing is knowing that there is no shortcut to success. In life, children will meet tough challenges ahead, but with honesty, gracious respect, patience, acceptance of their flaws, and perseverance, nothing will be impossible. Your child will have a hard time, but he will surely overcome it with dignity.