As a golfing enthusiast, it was expected for me to want one of my kids to fall in love with the sport one day. This way, even when I’m already a senior citizen, I could still play with them. Yes, that was indeed why I brought my eldest daughter to the golf course ever since she was a wee baby.
My friends teased me about it while my wife found it ridiculous, but no one stopped me from doing so. Hence, I bought a set of kiddie golf clubs for my daughter on her third birthday and even hired a pro golfer to teach her on Sundays. Though she was not very enthusiastic about it at first, she learned to love golfing over time. Some days, she would ace her exams and ask me to take her to the golf course as a reward.
When I talked to her golfing teacher one time, she said, “Mr. Johnson, your child has the potential to be a professional athlete someday. Her swings are already precise, even if our lessons only began not too long ago. With proper training, she could easily beat other golfers at her age.”
When I dreamed of my child loving the same sport that I loved, I did not expect to get a golf prodigy in the family. But I’d be damned if I said I did not like the idea. Luckily, my daughter was into trying golfing professionally, so I discussed our next steps with my wife.
Take The Child To Golfing Tournaments
The first thing I did was book tickets for all of us for the golfing tournaments happening around the country. After all, though my daughter already saw people play in the club that I was a member of, those were nothing but friendly matches. She had never seen anyone compete for a gold medal or trophy in real life.
When I looked at my child during the match, it was as if we were watching Disney on Ice, and her favorite characters were dancing and singing in front of her. She was in so much awe that only her eyes were moving, following the players’ movements, while her mouth was hanging open.
As soon as we strapped her in the back seat after the game, my daughter asked, “When’s the next match, Dad? I want to watch them again. They’re so cool!” My wife and I couldn’t help but laugh at her enthusiasm and then search for her upcoming tournaments.
Introduce Her To Young Golfers
Over the summer, the golf teacher invited my daughter to attend a ten-day golfing camp. She said that other young golfers would come to town to learn more about the sport. She also asked other professional golfers who already made a name to come by, inspire the kids, and play with them.
Even if my daughter did not ask for my permission, I would have allowed her to go to this summer camp. I mean, where else could she get an opportunity to bond with aspiring and inspirational golfers at a young age? If she decided to pursue golf as a profession, they could turn into valuable connections for her in the future.
As expected, the summer camp had a positive impact on my kiddo. When we picked her up, she was still bubbling up in the excitement and wanted to know if we would let her train for real. Of course, the answer was a resounding yes.
Avoid Pressuring Your Kid
You see, no matter how much I wanted my daughter to be a pro golfer, I did not want to push her to become one. We let her go to the summer camp and the other tournaments to figure out if she wanted to lead that kind of life. If she didn’t, that’s okay. If she did, then that’s incredible!
Outside the golf course, we encouraged my kid to try various sports like soccer and baseball. Doing so would help her realize that she had many options and that she did not need to settle with golf alone. And when she followed our advice, she became a friendlier and brighter ball of sunshine.
Having a daughter for a golf prodigy was a thrilling experience. She started competing at the age of 12 and ranked high immediately, considering she was a novice golfer. Although we did not pressure her into it, she started showing interest in playing out of the country someday and possibly representing the United States to different golfing tournaments.
My wife and I could not be happier upon hearing this news. It was not the medals that we were after, no. We were glad to know that our daughter already had an inkling of what she wanted to do in life and how she could achieve it. We could never ask for a better blessing from God.