Sport

Nurturing the Next Tiger Woods

Most Australians love their sports, and we have some outstanding professional athletes that ply their trade all over the world. The sporting facilities that are on offer around the country are exceptional, as well as the coaches and support staff, so it is no wonder we are good at sports!

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We have an excellent climate for the game of golf, and we have some of the best courses in the world to offer. You will find that most courses will also encourage children to take up the sport, offering discounts and arranging tournaments, so it is easy to find somewhere that your children can practice their game.

A child friendly club in the Swan Hill area of New South Wales is the Murray Downs Golf Club, where with a bit of coaching and practice, your child could become the next Tiger Woods!

Encouraging Your Child's Enthusiasm

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The game of golf has often been thought to be the past-time of the rich due to the cost of green fees and the equipment required. It is possible to start your child off cheaply by investing in a good set of second-hand golf clubs, and there are many clubs such as Murray Downs Golf Club in Swan Hill, that offer discounted green fees to juniors.

Remember that there is a fine line between encouraging your child, and pushing them. So you have to make sure that you do not push your child too much, or they may reject the game entirely.

Tiger Woods started to play golf at the age of two, but as well as having a natural ability for the sport, he also had a hunger and passion for becoming better, which fuelled him to become a professional golfer in 1997 at the age of 21.

If you already play golf, it is an excellent way to spend some family time together. If you do not already play golf, you can always take it up at the same time, and learn to play the game together. At the very least, you will get some great exercise walking around 18 holes of lush countryside.

Investing in your Child's Potential

If your child shows some natural ability at golf, or they just enjoy the game, you may wish to think about upgrading your child's golf clubs, which can also help to improve their game. Just the same as when you start put, you do not need to go out and buy an expensive set of brand new clubs.

Speaking to the people at the Pro-Shop of your local course will no doubt be able to turn up someone that is selling their golf clubs. They will also be able to advise you on the most suitable clubs for your child.

One of the biggest investments you will most likely make is in a membership for a good quality golf course, which for juniors is usually a lot cheaper than adults. Your child may also be keen to pit their skills against others of a similar ability in one of the local golf tournaments.

You may end up having to travel a lot if your child shows promise and wins lots of competitions. With that, you can even attract sponsorship if your child shows exceptional talent. The sponsorship can help with the expense of playing the game and buying equipment.

Above all though, make sure that your child can appreciate the game for the fun that it is, and do not push them too hard. If they have the ability, temperament, as well as desire, they could just end up being the next generation's Tiger Woods!

A post by Alicia May (11 Posts)

Alicia May is author at LeraBlog. The author's views are entirely his/her own and may not reflect the views and opinions of LeraBlog staff.

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