Sunday, August 9, 2009
Detox your mind
I was hitting balls tonight at my home practice facility and realized I was not following one of my golden rules when practicing. I was focusing on the things that I was doing wrong and and not FOCUSING ON THE THINGS THAT I WAS DOING RIGHT, the result was that I was getting very frustrated because I was not making the contact and the swings that I wanted. I call these thoughts TOXIC!
We hear so much about chemicals that build up in our bodies and the need to detoxify. Health experts recommend various ways to cleanse ourselves of toxins and to avoid what is harmful. But what about all those negative, “toxic” thoughts that build up in our minds? When we dwell on negative things -- thinking about whatwe can’t do, or how someone hurt us, or how we got passed over for a promotion -- these are toxic thoughts. Left untreated, they become waste that clogs our minds. Golf, and other activities like it, provides a way for us to tune out negative thoughts and focus on the positive. Golf provides the opportunity to visualize the positive – when faced with a challenging hole, visualize your shot hitting the green, not splashing into the water hazard in front of the hole. The more you do this, the easier it becomes to focus on the positive, not the negative, in every aspect of your life.
Once I began to focus on the things I was doing right, guess what...I started to hit the ball better! Teach your child/junior golfer to focus on the things that they do well and you will see the confidence grow over time!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Teaching golf away from the golf course starts with the parent setting the right example!
“The apple does not fall far from the tree” or “Monkey see, monkey do” are popular terms that where coined to represent that your child picks up your habits, whether those habits are good or bad. So, how are you able to teach your child about golf without actually talking about golf or taking them to the range or golf course? I know it sounds a bit crazy, but really the way that you conduct yourself off the course can and will contribute to the success of your junior on the course and more importantly developing quality individual.
You can start by “Living a life of integrity”
What do people think when they hear your name? “Oh that person is always so trust worthy, they always do the right thing” or is it “Watch out for that person — you just can’t trust him/her”. You might be saying that you do the right thing most of the time, but it’s easy to slip over time, and before you know it, you’ve become more tarnished than you could have imagined. Choose integrity, even when nobody is looking, and especially with the little things in life. Golf is all about honesty and integrity, so if you observe all rules and etiquette when you are playing – whether you’re alone or with a group – it becomes easier to do the right thing in your daily life as well.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Juniors…Our Golfing Future
“For years golf has failed to attract the top athletes into the sport. With only 5% of the public playing golf more creative ways will be needed to introduce juniors to golf whose parents do not play. Presently 70% of junior golfers come from households who have at least one parent who plays golf. With 30% then coming from non-playing households, if golf can penetrate deeper into that market then the “drag them in” process will begin because what better way to stay connected to a child than time spent on a golf course?
Junior golf offers many opportunities for an industry that is beginning to see some numbers that should be sounding off bells and whistles for change. Of the 51 million juniors in the U.S. between the ages of 5 to 17, less than 10% play golf and surveys show that the 15% plus who do play would like to play more. Even more encouraging is the fact that 90% would like to continue to play in the future. This stat, with the fact that those juniors who were surveyed truly love the sport, is encouraging for the industry but means nothing if action is not taken.”
To find out more about how to be involved in the Medicus Junior Development Program, become a Medicus Golf Instructor, attend a golf school, or how to use Medicus Products, Contact Randy Sparks at: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Randy Sparks at 1-850-685-1032.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Build family bonds – the family that plays together stays together!
Young children who bond with parents during their formative years are more likely to grow up to be happy, confident, well-adjusted teenagers and adults. Interacting with your child builds a bond that will last forever. It lets the child know he or she is loved and appreciated. And families that play together tend to stay together – playing requires communicating, so families that participate in sports together tend to be more open, supportive, and communicative.
Friday, May 22, 2009
“But my child is already involved in several sports – why should we add another?” is a comment I often hear from other parents. But golf is unique, offering both parent and child and opportunity to participate. Instead of being relegated to sitting on the sidelines at the soccer, football, or baseball game, you can join your child in the fun and activity. It provides an opportunity for both parent and child to learn something, about both the sport and each other
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Identify learning styles to make learning easier, more fun
How we learn is as unique as each one of us. Some learn simply by doing, others acquire knowledge through instruction. Still others learn through a combination of techniques. In most cases, the characteristics of an individual’s learning style can be observed even at a relatively young age. Once you have identified your child’s particular learning style through observation you will be able to identify ways in which you can adapt the learning process – whether it’s for academic studies or the game of golf – to maximize efficiency and ease of learning. By closely observing your child’s learning process and catering to it, you will help your child benefit personally, academically, and professionally:
• Maximizes your child’s learning potential
• Promotes success on all educational levels
• Provides insight on best study practices to improve exam and test scores
• Helps overcome limitations in the classroom
• Reduces frustration and stress levels
• Expands existing learning strategies
• Improves self-confidence and self-esteem
• Improves thinking
• Provides insight into personal strengths and weaknesses
• Promotes ability to enjoy learning
• Helps develop motivation for learning
• Maximizes natural abilities and skills
• Helps staying current on professional topics
• Provides an edge over the competition
• Improves team management skills
• Helps creation of more effective presentations
• Improves sales skills
• Increases earning potential
Friday, April 24, 2009
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Thursday, April 16, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
If your anything like my wife and myself, you have been reading to you child regularly for some time. One of the first type of books that we picked up where the ABC’s books, you know the books about the ABC’s of super hero’s, the ABC’s of Dora or the ABC’s of Golf, etc. Inevitable your child has seen and probably even learned all the letters in the alphabet; he/she has the ability to recognize letter shapes because of the repetition that has been reinforced by you as a parent and by school/daycare. So why not take the letters that they have learned already and are able to recognize, and utilize this skill set for teaching your child the basics of golf? Sounds great right? You bet cha…
But before I teach you how the clock, a V, Y, L and A can help you teach junior golf, remember that children love to learn and they learn best when the activity if FUN, non-threatening and when they receive a great deal of encouragement and positive reinforcement! Find what your child is doing right and positively reinforce that. Build in the affirmation.
So what is the V of Junior Jr. golf and why should we start here? The V’s represent the beginning foundation of golf and can be considered one the most important components that your child can learn at an early age. This is something that can be tedious and boring for your child as well, so remember introduce this and continually reinforce it over time to build a solid grip.
The letter V is important when referring to the grip and its importance.
• Place your child’s left hand on the end of the grip with the left thumb slightly to the left and on the top of the shaft. The thumb and index finger will form a V and the bottom of the V should point towards the outside to middle of the left shoulder.
• Slide your child’s right hand down the shaft with the right thumb slightly to the right and on top of the shaft. The thumb and index finger will form a V and the bottom of the V should point towards the outside to middle of the right shoulder.
• The right thumb should be slightly further down the shaft than the left thumb and the two thumbs should run parallel with one another
Chipping, Pitching and Full Swing Grip:
The letter V is important when referring to the grip and its importance.
• Place your child’s left hand on the end of the grip with the left thumb slightly to the right and on the top of the shaft. The thumb and index finger will form a V and the bottom of the V should point towards the inside of the right shoulder.
• Slide your child’s right hand down the shaft with the right thumb slightly to the right and on top of the shaft. The thumb and index finger will form a V and the bottom of the V should point towards the middle of the right shoulder.
• The palm of the right hand should cover your child’s left thumb
So what is the Y of Junior Jr. golf? The Y represents the starting point for putting, chipping, pitching and the full swing. If you could imagine the child’s two arms extending down from their shoulders to a point in the exact middle of their stance that is should width apart, or slightly less, or slightly more depending on shot being played, then the extension of a plastic club or junior club to the ground, you would have a Y and the hands would be in the 6 o’clock position when referencing a clock position. From here forward when reference the clock positions we are talking about the position of the hands within the swing.
For putting, put the ball in the middle of the stance and keep the Y in tact and take the hands back to the 7 o’clock position and sweep through the ball and finish at the 5:00 position sending the ball towards its target.
For chipping, the stance is slightly less than shoulder width apart and the ball is position towards the back of the stance. With the Y in tact take the hand from the 6 o’clock position back to the 8 o’clock position without breaking the Y and sweep the club through the 6 o’clock position while stopping the hands at the 4 o’clock position sending the ball towards its target.
Pitching is where we introduce the A and L of golf to your child. Let’s start with the A. Standing with the feet shoulder width apart, making a capital A with the legs. Start with the Y and the hands in the 6 o’clock position, from there take the hands to the 9 o’clock position. As you complete this task your child should have made an L with the left arm and hands extending back and they should be parallel with the ground and the club pointing up and slightly back forming and the letter L, from that position sweep through the 6 o’clock position to the 3 o’clock position forming a backwards L in the follow through. Once this is accomplished with out the use of a ball, slowly introduce a larger/softer ball for the child to practice with.
Have your child start by standing with the feet slightly more than shoulder width apart and forming the letter A with the legs. Start with the Y and the hands in the 6 o’clock position, from there take the hands to the 10 o’clock position. This position can be referred as the “Power L” position, the hands and arms have gone past the parallel position in relation to the ground. From that position sweep through the 6 o’clock position up to the 2 o’clock position where the body, chest and hips are facing/pointing towards the target, again practice this before introducing a ball, when you decide to introduce a ball consider a large/softer ball where your child will not get hurt hitting it.
Congratulations and there you have it, the basics of golf for the Junior Jr. and how a clock, and the letters, V, Y, A and L can lead to learning the basics of golf the blueprintGolf way!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
“Developing a relationship with your child based on love and respect is a prerequisite for nurturing his or her natural curiosity. A good environment promotes trust and paves the for communication, the foundation for learning. It all begins with the parents desire to make the child’s life better, to enhance his or her probability of success in life”. (Earl Woods)
We have all witnessed one of the greatest golfers ever in Tiger Woods and we all should very fortunate to be able to watch such a talent in golf and a skilled artist in the ability to rise to the occasion and create peak performance when he needs it. Tiger’s ability to do this was not by mistake. Earl Woods had a plan in place that first started with love and respect for his child, Tiger.
The lessons that Earl Woods and Tigers mother taught him made a difference in his life and well as the life of so many people Tiger has touched. Without that solid foundation that both his parents contributed to building, no question Tiger Woods as we know him today would not be the same; Earl Woods raised a winner in life and the vehicle that he chose to introduce him to the world is golf. At blueprintgolf we are very grateful to be able to witness it first hand!
How can you help create peak performance in your children to excel in golf and more importantly to excel in life? The answer to that is not as easy as picking up a blueprint that shows you step by step on how to do this. At first you must understand that children by in large a imprinted very easily. What does imprint mean? Imprint by definition means “to establish or impress firmly in the mind”. Children between the ages of 4-7 are extremely susceptible to being influenced by parents, peers, teachers, coaches and people that they come in contact with on a daily basis. Children are very vulnerable at this stage; you can easily influence and create a life time of habits both good and bad for your child. As any parent knows, almost all that responsibility falls upon the parents of the child, especially the influence of the father.
Earl Woods was trained as a green beret, his mother was fluent in the teachings of Buddhism, combine the two and the discipline of the parents and you can understand why so many tour players never really have a shot when they tee it up with him in a tournament. Earl Woods introduced Tiger to golf at a very early age, he would sit Tiger in his high chair in the garage and Tiger would watch his dad hit balls into the net. What Earl Woods understood was that children learn by observation and imitation, and before he knew it, Tiger was imitating his golf swing.
Have you ever watched the father/son golf tournament that takes place in Florida during the off season on TV? Most of the touring pros have children who are very good at golf. That is not by mistake, they are influenced by their surroundings growing up and their fathers teachings. Do they have an advantage? Sure they do, they have a parent/teacher/coach who has invested the time to understanding what it takes in themselves first to become better performers, then those habits are transferred to the child during the critical ages from 4-7 and are continually built upon as they progress in golf and life.
If you too play golf, you can’t help but remember the tremendous satisfaction and joy of hitting solid golf shots and playing to your potential. This is fact is one of the strategies for successfully implementing a blueprintgolf foundation for creating peak performance for your child and you as well, continue too focus on the things that you and your child do well, build in affirmations. Earl Woods said “Never mention the word failure. Always accentuate the positive. “I like the way you swing the club. It won’t be long before you are hitting it a ton!” Positive reinforcement and emphasis on the need to practice are a winning combination”. What is right about your child’s grip, stance, posture, ball position and more importantly at a younger age focusing where they want to hit the ball and seeing the flight of the ball to the target. When putting, draw a picture in the mind of the ball going towards the hole and falling in. It may seem simple yet strategically applying this process is key to having a strong junior golfer and creating a great mental game. Adult and junior golfers are often led down a path of learning that is completely opposite to what's best for them and they lose touch with this effortless fun.
Let me ask you a very simple question. If you had a choice would you rather play carefree, fearless golf with absolutely enjoying the game and all that is has to offer, or play serious, deeply focused mechanical golf monitoring your swing during every round? Let me be clear on this point, success can be achieved at both levels, but playing to your true potential is throwing the mechanical process out the window and focusing on the process, staying in the moment and being target oriented. One of the biggest mistakes made by players at every level is trying too hard, and that often translates into not having fun. You must unlock and understand the level of effort needed, there is a balance of not trying enough and trying too much, once you find that balance duplicating this process is the key to unlocking your potential and that of your child’s potential! Then as you introduce new techniques and approaches, keeping this process intact with your child as he/she continues to learn is essential for peak performance growth.
How do you tap into this? Easy, when you hit a shot on the range or on the golf course ask yourself a simple question; What is it that I did right or what your child did right on that shot and continually repeat this process as you reach a higher level. Too many golfers go down the road of analyzing what they are doing wrong and trying to correct it, as opposed to finding what is right and building on that, remember there are a million ways to do things wrong. This applies to your child in the same way no matter what the task may be; continually reinforcing what they are doing right helps to create peak performance and CONFIDENCE. Continually focusing on what they are not doing has an adverse effect and severely diminishes self esteem, takes the fun out of it, reduces confidence and performance in general, now and unfortunately later in life!
“The great thing about golf is that it can be a vehicle to teach us about life. The by products of golf are integrity, responsibility and patience. The game builds character, and it can start with a plastic ball and club placed in the child’s crib. Babies learn rapidly. They will associate the club with the ball and make hitting the ball a game. They are learning the framework and basics of a game without any outside influences.” (Earl Woods).
Enjoy the game with you children and it will give you memories that can last a lifetime!
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Start Smart Golf is a six week parent-child development program for children ages 4.5-7 who have never been involved with golf, that teaches and trains the parents to teach their kids how to play golf using fun, developmentally appropriate equipment that can be used almost anywhere.
A 1994 study showed that 85% of 1,100 kids who were introduced to golf had a desire to continue to play the sport. The same study showed that less than 15% of those youngsters had an opportunity to participate in organized play. Smart Golf is a program within HOOK A KID ON GOLF, which provides all of the tools necessary for a community to introduce kids to golf, teach basic fundamentals, and provide a fun and safe environment with their parents to teach the basics about golf and sport.
One of the requirements for the program is for the parents to attend a START SMART Golf class conducted in the first week. START SMART Golf was developed using the same standards as the START SMART Sports Development Program, a program designed and developed by the National Alliance for Youth Sports. The philosophy of all START SMART programs is based on teaching the parents how to teach their children using fun, safe, developmentally appropriate products. It is the organizations belief, that the parent will gain confidence in their teaching abilities as the child’s skill progresses. Studies have shown that parents who participate with their children in START SMART programs are more likely to participate in their future sports activities thus creating a child/parent bond.
Start Smart Golf utilizes the unique line of SNAG Golf products. These products have been proven to be fun, safe and developmentally appropriate in teaching young children the fundamentals of golf. This patented system moves parent/child groups through four stations during a one hour session, once a week for 6 weeks. SNAG uses positive reinforcement and Fun activities while teaching the participants, both child and parent, the motor skills necessary to play golf.
SNAG® contains all the elements of golf but in a modified form. The game has its own simplified rules and terminology that adds fun to the learning and playing experience. Falling somewhere between miniature golf and regulation golf, SNAG® allows for full shots, pitching, chipping, and putting. The SNAG Ball™ has a limited distance, with the average player launching it a maximum of 50 yards.
SNAG® only has two clubs: the Launcher™ is used to launch, pitch, and chip the ball; like a putter, the Roller™ is used to roll the ball toward the target. All shots other than rolling (putting) are played off of a mat and tee called the Launch Pad™. This ensures that the player will have an optimal lie every time.
The target, called a Flagsticky™, also differs from anything else in golf, as it is not a hole with a cup inside but rather an above-ground weighted cylinder covered with a hook material. The SNAG Ball is slightly smaller than a tennis ball and is covered with a loop material. Unlike golf, where you finish by putting your ball into the cup, in SNAG®, you finish by sticking your ball to the Flagsticky™. Because of the mobile Launch Pad™ and Flagsticky™, SNAG® is portable and playable just about anywhere.
SNAG® is also a training program for beginners' fun. It's easy to learn, and it's easy to teach. It's a comprehensive system that has been developed through years of research and field experience. The key is in simplifying the instruction so that it can be an effective transition into the game of golf.
Scott Rynning who will act as the Director of Instruction for the program is a level III Certified Teaching Professional with the United States Golf and World Golf Teachers Federation. The program will be offered through the Grafton Recreation Department and is available to all the children in town.
"SNAG® golf equipment combined with the SNAG® Coaching System, both the golf professional's Edition and the Scholastic Edition, are the most comprehensive and refreshing curriculum materials I have reviewed in over 20 years of teaching the game of golf."
Dr. Betsy Clark Director of Education and Research, LPGA of America
"SNAG® has developed the perfect formula for introducing the game of golf to boys and girls: make it fun, simple and progressive adopting this approach to learning golf skills along with SNAG's materials on proper conduct make this a must for the way youth should start the game."
Dr. Gary Wiren Author of the PGA Instruction Manual
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
One of the great things about parenting and fatherhood/motherhood is introducing new activities to your child or children. Young children who bond with their father/mother during their younger years are much more likely to grow up to be happy, confident, well-adjusted individuals. Interacting with your children builds a bond that will last forever. It lets the child know he or she is loved and appreciated. It opens the door for sharing problems and concerns when the need arises. It helps the parent get to know and understand the uniqueness of each child. It is also happens to be a great stress reducer for overworked parents. And in today’s environment that is extremely important for creating the ever illusive balance in life that many parents strive to achieve.
Family activities are great for the whole family. They help develop strong family bonds which can last a lifetime. It can be said that a family who plays together stays together. They also are more cooperative, supportive and have open communication. These qualities pay off in big dividends by increasing self-esteem, social skills and a sense of connectedness that helps kids and teens use good judgment when confronted with difficulties and temptations later on in life.
There are many statistics to back up the need for a strong father/mother-child relationship, here a blueprintgolf we are focused on creating that bond through golf and recommending ways to introduce this wonderful game to our most precious gifts, our children
When is it the right time to introduce golf to your child? Believe it or not, it can begin as early as a year old in their toddler stage. Videos such as Sportybaby Golf or Baby Golf build a solid blueprintgolf foundation for beginning the golf learning process. Another very effective and important way is to read golf books to your child. Books such as The ABC’s of Golf, Count on Golf and Confident Golf by Susan Greene are great ways to introduce golf and you can begin to build a strong reading foundation that can last a life time. As your child gets older you can introduce them to plastic clubs and plastic balls which you can buy at any one of the large retail chains. However, I do recommend that the first set be very light plastic, this proves to be very important when the club turns into a light saber and your son starts to attack the clone trooper (his sister).
Inevitably the situation will arise where your child may have no interest in your passion, in this case golf. So what do you do now? Try another sport - no just kidding! The important thing is not to force it upon them, slowly introduce it again and again, inadvertently pick up the plastic clubs, be playful and hit balls around the house and you can even make up games. I have a vivid picture in my mind of Phil Bundy turning his bedroom into a practice range for his son during the morning and it makes me laugh to visualize balls flying around the room while he and his wife get ready for the day. You do not have to take it to that of an extreme if you do not want. (See Phil’s story below)
The critical aspect to this is to make sure you are having fun during your interaction. Children are easily imprinted, they don't necessarily make an association with the event (golf in this case) being fun at first, but more importantly with how much fun they are having with the father/mother during this time, then comes the association with the activity and the fun it brings afterward. Bingo, you have successfully introduced golf to your child. Remember, as soon as your child stops having fun with the activity you run the risk of losing them no matter what the activity is.
As your child gets older you can introduce them to more advanced equipment and teaching systems such as SNAG Golf. This is in my estimation is one of the best ways to build a solid blueprintgolf foundation. Outstanding equipment to learn and build a solid foundation for future golf! Then as they progress along you can move to more advanced equipment with real balls. Take them along with you to the practice green, driving range, to your course, and if your course allows it, have them go in the cart with, they LOVE that! Later on you can get them enrolled into junior clinics that are located all over the country. For the truly dedicated parent, or should I say for the truly dedicated golf fanatic…warning! You must have a spouse that understands you and your passion. You can build your own home practice facility, complete with three bunkers, artificial putting green, two tiered driving tees, chipping areas and net. Below is RynoWorld (name provided by my friends) guaranteed to provide hours of fun for both you and your children.
The most important thing about this process is to keep it fun and always make it enjoyable. Stay in the moment and leave all your frustrations behind that the day brings, before you know it they will have grown up and moved out. So use golf as a vehicle to teach life skills, building a solid foundation the blueprintgolf way!
Saturday, January 31, 2009
The PGA Tour Could Have a New Phil If Dreams Come True
Bundy Draws Inspiration to Pursue His Dream from His Son
The road to the PGA Tour has been a path for many that has been littered with shattered dreams, broken relationships, bank accounts with insufficient funds and golf scores that often reflect an individuals self worth.
This is not the case for Phil Bundy. He chose the route that led him away from tournament golf for various reasons and to travel the road more familiar to many people, that is until his 43rd birthday when he decided that it was time to begin his quest to show his son to always follow your dreams and follow your true passion.
Bundy began golfing at the age of 9 and found an immediate love and skill for the game. As a junior golf champion, he competed in tournaments across the country. After starting his high school golf team, he won the 1984 Maryland State High School Championship by 10 strokes—a record margin of victory.
At Wake Forest University, he practiced under legendary golf coach Jesse Haddock and was a member of the 1986 NCAA Championship Team that included veteran PGA Tour players Billy Andrade and Len Mattiace.
“After college, instead of trying to qualify for the PGA Tour like my teammates, I earned an MBA at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland,” he says. “I started a golf marketing and management business at the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and over the past 17 years, I’ve played many roles in the golf industry, including golf instructor, course manager, tournament director, agent, manufacturer, distributor, marketer,
Along that road Bundy met his wife Donna in 1991 after she called to volunteer for Children’s Favorite Things, a holiday charity that Bundy had started. “We fell in love the moment we laid eyes on each other and immediately became soul mates.” Along the way Bundy had a son Charlie who not only has helped define his life but has given him the inspiration to pursue his life long dream.
But even after being away from serious competition for two decades, Bundy couldn’t stay away from the temptations that competitive golf brings and subsequently won the NGT Virginia Beach Open in August 2007 and the NGT Capital Series Championship in September 2007 on the National Golf Tour. The Virginia Beach tournament was his first professional victory.
With those victories in is pocket came a renewed spirit that perhaps awakened a dream of the past and a son that inspired him to be the father he always envisioned himself to be, Bundy recalls the day he decided it was time to live his life long dream;
“On my 40th birthday, I took Charlie to the golf course. Watching his joy as he ran across the fairway, my life-long love with golf flashed before my eyes. I wondered what I would say when he asks why I never tried to play the Tour. At that moment, I realized that I had to awaken my sleeping dream. I hope my quest to play on the PGA Tour will inspire Charlie to always pursue his dreams.”
Charlie is Bundy’s pride and joy and the inspiration for his quest to play on the PGA Tour. Below Phil tells the story lead up to how Charlie became his inspiration:
“When he was 9 months old, I introduced him to golf with a set of plastic golf clubs. While sitting-up, my little guy started whacking plastic golf balls, demonstrating strong eye-hand coordination. Once he was on foot and walking, balls littered the master bedroom, which had become Charlie’s indoor range. Every morning before heading to preschool, he enjoyed hitting a bucket of balls from one end of the room to the other.
Soon, he wanted to accompany me to the golf course, where we’ve developed a routine. Learning about etiquette and camaraderie, we first say hi to the pro in the golf shop. Then, we head to the driving range, where Charlie gets busy setting-up a practice station with his clubs, balls, and tees. He announces, “I’m going to use my boomer’” as he pulls the driver out of his bag. We alternate swings in order to slow down the rapid fire of his ammo.
Next, we spend time at the chipping and putting greens. I can actually work on my short game as my junior golfer is happy to work his way around the holes, yelling out a loud “Yes!” whenever he sinks a putt of any distance.
If we have time, we play a few holes. Charlie hits shots from the fairway and putts on the green. In the golf cart, he commands, “Dad, don’t drive too fast around the turn.” While I steer the wheel, he sits close and holds onto me for dear life.
At the end of our visit, we share a lemonade and snack in the clubhouse as he writes names and numbers on the scorecard. Somehow, he always wins and says, “Let’s show Mom.””
As parents we often feel that it is our obligation to be the mentor, the teacher, and the disciplinarian, we are all too often filled with preconceptions of the world and the people we come in touch with, the irony here is that the true teachers can be our children, you know the ones where dreams are still alive, where innocents is abound and the preconceptions have not been formed yet. It is a gift to have children, and yes we can learn from and grow together.
Blueprintgolf wishes you much success in your quest to the PGA Tour. Remember success is not always measured by the trophy you raise or the thickness of your wallet, true success is measured by what you gained along your travels!
I look forward to watching you travel the road to the PGA Tour and with good fortune having your name alongside with the other Phil.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Make an effort to spend every night reading to your children. My wife and I have switched between our two kids for the last six years, and they love it. The time spents is well worth its weight in gold.
Back in 2003 I was at Olmypia Fields outside of Chicago for the Unites States Open where I met Susan Greene who has authored a number of childrens golf books (Consider if Golf, Count on Golf & The ABC's of Golf) Reading these books can begin to build a strong foundation for learning, but also a strong foundation for the game of golf.
Try it, your kids will love it, and with a little luck start to learn golf:-)
The goal of blueprintgolf is to help develope the parent-child relationship through golf by teaching the game to them. We will share articles and ideas on how to create an everlasting bond between you and your child while we teach and train you on how to...you guessed it, teach golf to your child. What better way can you prepare your child for life by helping to created a blueprint in the fundamentals of golf and a blueprint in the fundamentals of life.
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