Golf is a great sport to learn as a junior. The game teaches coordination, creativity, ownership of results and individuality. It also teaches important life skills including honesty, sportsmanship, acceptance, adaptability, respect and punctuality. There are very few sports where the playing ground is constantly changing. Junior golf teaches the very essence of life – there are good days and bad and we have to change and adapt our approach and mindset to the environment. Golf is one of the few sports where juniors can compete against adults in competitions with the use of the handicapping system. Golf is also a sport that can be played for life.
There are many different types of junior golf programs running all year round with some programs starting children as young as four. Golf clubs now are more inclusive than they were twenty years ago with joining ages dropping allowing more juniors into golf earlier than ever before. National and state organisations have tournaments that include 9 hole short course formats that are targeted at getting juniors onto the golf course and enjoying a safe competitive environment.
Modern day junior golf coaching is fun and interactive focusing on developing key motor skills such as running, jumping, hitting, throwing e.t.c. Golf specific skills are acquired through challenges and games that use varying types of equipment. Junior golf equipment has evolved so much over the years with shorter and lighter shafts being used which allows for better technical development as players develop strength.
Junior golf is in a strong position within Australia. With players like Jason Day, Adam Scott, Karrie Webb and Min Jee Lee to look up to, Australian juniors have a world of inspiration on their doorstep.
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