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Bigpoppat
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Advice for 3 year old son
DISCLAIMER: I am not trying to make my son a golf prodigy and shove the sport down his throat


My 3 year old son has been enjoying coming with me to the driving range. He has shown a lot of interest in copying everything I do. He asked for his own golf clubs so I went and bought him a set of youth clubs

Youth Clubs

What type of tips and tricks should I use to help him out? Anything in particular I should focus on with him? Like most 3 year olds, his focus and attention can be short. I want to keep it fun and exciting for him and not put pressure on him to perform a certain way.




ETA: 3 year olds are sponges. He goes fishing with me and can cast/reel like a pro.
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BallChamp00
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Hit is as far and hard as he can to get his hand eye coordination down. That's about it for a 3 year old. Make games that will help that


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Varrassi
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Make everything a game. I know "golf is a game", but like fun competition within the game. Example...chipping contest with himself for something he loves to eat/extra tv time, etc etc, or just a contest between you guys. He won't get bored so fast. Just like you wouldn't take a little kid on a run if you were a jogger, but if you say "race you to the tree at the end of the yard!" they're always going to take off running.


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onelochevy
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My 3 year old loves golf. I take him to the range with me and we hit plastic golf balls in the front yard all the time. I try to guide him a little but usually just let him go at it as he wants to. Gotta keep it fun. We have a bicycle trailer with a safety flag and hell take the flag off and stick it in the front yard and pretend it's a pin. That hat is his "golf hat" and he keeps the hat and his clubs right next to my bag in the garage

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Bigpoppat
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re: Advice for 3 year old son
Awesome picture

Thanks for the tips so far. I'm excited to have him tag along. He wants to mimic everything I do, which can be fun and terrifying at the same time


onelochevy
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They will mimic everything. He puts his clubs by mine. His toy tools go in their correct drawer in my toolbox with my tools. His toy weights go on the rack with my weights. I love it


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trillhog
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spank him if he acts disinterested, spank him when he hits a bad drive or putt, he'll learn to love golf.


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CoachChappy
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He wants to mimic everything I do, which can be fun and terrifying at the same time

You want terrifying. Try having a 3 year old daughter that mimics everything you do

As others have said, keep it fun. My little girls just enjoys hitting the ball. Show him a basic grip on the club, how to line up, back and through.


Lambchops11
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This thread is awesome, brings me back to the days of my pops teaching me.

Don't really remember much besides him putting the club in my hand and trying teach me golf etiquette that early.

Good for you guys though, this is what it's all about.


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that he should have started playing two years ago... it's too late for him


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re: Advice for 3 year old son
Don't be too exacting on the grip or anything else. Let the kid use his natural ability. Hands together.

Be sure the club you give him has plenty of loft. Be sure the club is light enough.

Dont over-teach.

Paraphrasing Harvey Penick.


CoachChappy
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Let the kid use his natural ability. Hands together.

That’s more what I meant. Kind of how to hold it. Ei not like a hockey stick


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GeauxTigers0107
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Take-away is very flat (not on plane), hips have not rotated any but his right arms has not collapsed which is good. Get him to clear his hips on the downswing so he can attack it from an inside path and you should be good.


j/k man. Lil fella looks awesome. At that age I didn't worry about teaching mine anything except grip. And it was a very loose version "teaching". I mainly wanted him to see how I acted.


OceanMan
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I love that pic. Hope to get my son into as many of my hobbies as I can.


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GRTiger
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I've been wanting to take my 3.5 year old out with me, but I can see him just smashing clubs (while attempting to swing, not being a little shit) into the turf and causing damage to clubs/ground.

He loves to go around the house with his plastic clubs trying to hit balls, though.


onelochevy
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Thanks man. I hope he keeps the love for golf as he gets older. We watch it alot at home, and my parents watch it alot as well. So to him, the golf course is called the golf channel. Da da, I want to go to the golf channel lol. It's awesome


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OldGretna
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I've been wanting to take my 3.5 year old out with me, but I can see him just smashing clubs (while attempting to swing, not being a little shit) into the turf and causing damage to clubs/ground. He loves to go around the house with his plastic clubs trying to hit balls, though.


Take him! My son is also 3.5 and he loves going. I was very hesitant at 1st for the same reasons but he loves it and does ok for his age. I try my hardest to keep him somewhat quiet and calm to respect others but probably 90% of the guys say to let him be a kid. Seeing him reminds them of when they brought their sons. I bought him the smallest size set they sell and they are still too long but he enjoys it. He cried when we were bringing him to his grandparents so we could go to the Zurich so I brought him, he loved it. He shook Ryan Palmer and Speith's hands and that all he talks about to this day.


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malvin
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My little boy is 3 and I need to find him a lefty set. He likes playing with the set I got for his older sister but they are too big and he swings everything he picks up from the left side.

I have a feeling if I would bring him he would just run around and be way too loud the whole time. Or try to wrestle me. He's a little bit nuts. Like his mom, we can't take her any place nice either


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makersmark1
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That is a very nice backswing.

Good posture!


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My son is about to be 4 but he’s been playing since he was two. He even enjoys tagging along with our group. So he’s learned some basic etiquette about taking turns and when to be quiet and when to grab which club. No matter the club, we tee it up. Gives him confidence. He likes to hit different colored balls. Green, yellow, orange. I only help him with where to stand and let him do the rest. Nothing to teach him at his point really other than letting him work on hand eye coordination.

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