Sunday, September 25, 2011

Top 10 Reasons Kids Should Play Golf

The First Tee is a terrific golf initiative to introduce kids of all backgrounds to the game.  The program, though, is about more than swinging the club.  Through golf, it is designed to teach kids important life skills and core values that transcend the game.  Joe Luois Barrow, Jr., CEO of the First Tee, lists his reasons why kids should play golf.

10.  Enjoy the great outdoors.  Young people should play golf because it is an opportunity to spend a few hours in the fresh air.  While playing golf, kids can experience all types of plants and wildlife indigenous to their geographic location.

9.  Develop lifelong friendships.  You never know who you will meet on a golf course, and interaction with others allows young people to develop social skills as they engage with people on the walk between shots.

8.  Practice personal responsibility.  Sometimes the ball doesn't always bounce your way, but regardless of the outcome, there is no blaming your teammates fro what happens.  In golf, young people are personally responsible for preparing and performing, and although there are no guarantees you will shoot a low score or win the tournament, you can walk off the last hole knowing you did everything in your control to give yourself the best opportunity for success.

7.  Have a safe place to play.  The golf course is a safe place and facilitates mentoring relationships ina safe environment.

6.  Manage your emotions.  Golf often closely parallels real life as one experiences the highs and lows of the game.  Through a 3-, 6-, 9-, or 18- hole round of golf, a young person is required to navigate challenges and obstacles that may result in good shots, bad shots, and everything in between.  This range of experiences that happens throughout the game rewards a young person's ability to keep each shot in perspective, manage one's emotions, maintain a positive outlook, and focus on the shot at hand.

5.  Appreciate diversity.  Golf is a game that can be  played for a lifetime by anyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, size, or skill level.  You can even play the game by yourself or with others.  When you play with others, you can be paired up with players of varying ability levels.

4.  Prepare for business.  Golf is a sport that helps prepare kids for a career in business and other professional arenas.  Participating in golf activities permits the opportunity to learn social etiquette that can lead to opening doors in business and other opportunities.

3.  Learn etiquette.  Children should play golf because it is based on characterisitics that are missing in our society.  Golf places an emphasis on etiquette.  In golf there is no judge or referee; instead, players govern themselves and fellow competitors.

2.  Spend time with family.  Golf is a game that encourages family participation.  The most commor way young people get started playing golf is through a family member.

1.  Wellness for life.  With the young obesity epidemic in our country, golf is a sport that helps young people get off the couch and onto the course.  When you play golf, walking the golf course and carrying your bag, a 150lb person burns 350 calories per round.  One young person said it best when asked what they like most about golf, stating, "It is good for me.  I do more walking and less watching TV."