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WNY Golf Tip: How to get juniors into the game

Western NY PGA Tips

Golf is one of the few sports that parents and their children can play together.

The question is how do you get juniors interested in the game?

Lauren Tallman, the director of player development at Ravenwood Golf Course, says to make a game out of it.

Junior golfers in her ‘Year Round Academy’ play chipping and putting Tic-Tac-Toe to practice their skills on the course.

“They work on different phases of the game such as speed control, understanding on how to read the break. Understanding alignment and they’re working with their partners to make sure all those things happen successfully,” says Tallman. “It’s more fun than a coach saying, ‘go chip this hole and try and make it up and down six times. Then you can go have fun.”

You also don’t need to be at a golf course to have fun playing golf.

“Another thing we tell parents is to set up cornhole in their backyard and try and tell your child to chip it into the wastebasket. They’re still practicing in their backyard but they’re having a blast and playing a game,” added Tallman.

Plus parents can help teach their children life skills through the game of golf.

“The etiquette, empowerment, energize. Those are all bullet points that parents enjoy about the game of golf.

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