*** by Brad Perdue
When should you get your child playing golf? If you just watched the video, the answer is as early as possible. Is there anything cuter than a child swinging a golf club? My son got his first plastic set of clubs when he was 1, and now uses a kids’ set of real clubs at age 4. He enjoys walking to a field near our house and swinging the clubs, seeing the ball fly and especially hitting his driver off a tee.
I’m sure we could put together a list of 100 benefits to playing golf (feel free to add yours in the comments), but here are five good reasons why I encourage my son to get out and swing the clubs around?
- He and I get to spend time together hitting balls, talking and having fun.
- He gets exercise from walking and swinging his clubs.
- Hitting a golf ball helps improve his coordination (if you’ve ever swung and whiffed, you know what I’m talking about).
- He’s outdoors and not stuck inside watching television or just sitting around.
- Golf is a game that is both physically and mentally challenging (it’s fun to watch him take his swing seriously, even taking that deep breath before starting the motion).
The quote “Golf is a good walk spoiled” is attributed to Mark Twain. And I’ve heard that a lot in the many years I’ve been golfing. But I’ll never tell my son that. I think golf is a great way to spend quality time with a loved one!
I plan to take my son to the Boeing Classic this year. The pros tee off at TPC Snoqualmie Aug. 22-24. If you’ve never been, and like golf, check it out. And if you have a child, take them along too.
Brad Perdue is a web producer for eHealth at Virginia Mason.