Golf with your kids.
I am the proud father of a 13 and 10 year old boys who would rather spend time in their rooms, playing video games or hanging out with friends then hang with me, but as soon as I mention going golfing they fall in line and load up their gear. And I love that, golf with your kids and you’ll never have trouble looking for a forth when it’s needed plus you’ll have a partner for was long as you are still able to play.
A little back story from when I was a wee lad. -cue the soft lens and flashback memories-
When I was a kid my dad worked a ton and I can honestly say that I don’t think I golfed with him until I was 13-14 years old. I always wanted to when he went but he always had a foursome from work that played together and I never could get in there. So what I’d do is go to the park down the block from my house, take a couple clubs and a few well worn golfballs from dad’s bag (and if I’m being honest probably swiped whatever change was in there as well) and hit them back and forth across the field. I only had one issue I’m not right handed like my dad. I played hockey left handed hit and caught a baseball left handed. So it was a it weird holding a right handed golf club. I tried a few things like using a standard grip and even trying to hit them left handed off the back of the club, which of course didn’t work. Eventually I just started hitting it cross handed. Worked for me, very well actually so I continued on with it. I must have hit thousands of balls across that open field and it was there that my love of golf really started.
Then one day while we were on a quick road trip my dad woke me up early in the morning and asked if I wanted to golf with him. I was pumped! So excited to finally get out there with the old man and show him what he’d been missing all these years. We got to the first tee and gripped the newly rented right handed Northwestern’s, that’s when I felt a startling slap to the back of my head.
“WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!” Yelled my dad as he looked around to see if anyone was looking, I wondered why he was so embarrassed.
“I’m gonna hit the ball” I replied.
“Like hell you are, look at your hands you’re gripping it totally wrong” personally I didn’t know what he was talking about it looked and felt normal to me.
“This is how I swing the club, I can’t help it” I said, now scared I’d do something else wrong, I took the club back and smacked one up the fairway where it landed safely. I looked at my dad who had a strange look on his face. Was it surprise? Was it anger? Was it pride? Nope it was the unmistakable look that many modern parents get when their 5 year old tries explain Minecraft to them, look look of “Let’s get this over with”
To say I golfed well would be a lie, in fact I don’t believe we even finished that round but near the end dad had come around a bit and we have continued to golf together for the last 25 years. And I love every round…..
-Fade out back to present time-
My mom and dad actually made the first set of clubs for my oldest son Owen when he was just a toddler, they were nothing special, just an old club cut down with electrical tape grips but whenever we went over the their place he’d be in the backyard swinging away. The look on my fathers face was now more recognizable then it was before, pride, happiness and relief.
“Look at him” he’d say “He even holds a club better then you ever have, he’s a natural”
Owen quickly out grew that little set and we ended up getting him a set of brand new Nike VR5s on a boxing day deal and he’s been using them now for nearly 3 years. He is a natural, a long easy swing that with some more practice and guidance will be consistent and long. He’s great with the driver and fairways and has a lot of trouble with his irons but it’ll come and he knows it. One day he’ll start beating his old man, hopefully it’ll take as long as it took me to beat mine. My youngest boy Thomas was to big for the homemade set his grandparents made so we picked him up a small 4 piece Powerbilt set. He can carry them easily and unlike his big brother has a complicated swing. I liken it to Jim Furyk, the club goes everywhere in the backswing but somehow falls into place wen he makes contact. Like his brother he hits his driver alright and needs to work on the other clubs in his bag. Both of my boys obviously fill me with pride and I really love getting out to the course with them.
This game brings out so much in people. It may be anger and frustration, just search angry golfer on YouTube and you’ll see club throwers galore. It brings out over confidence in some, just ask my buddy who cranks 300 yard drives but throw an Arccos sensor on him and he can’t believe he only hit’s 245. Personally for me it’s brought me patience, not all the time but I am working on it. In the past 2 years I’ve seen my game go from an absolute hack to a real 13-14 handicap. This game humbles you like no other and I now know the success takes time, I am showing that to my kids and on this particular one I hope they learn patience way quicker then I did, it’ll cost them a lot less in lost clubs from throwing them into the trees.
I know I ramble a bit when I write so hopefully I haven’t lost you yet, but what I am trying to get across is it is never a bad idea to hang out and teach your kids something. We still let our kids play on the PS4 but we make time to get them outside and as long as there is no snow on the ground to the golf course.
I love these guys and can’t wait to see the men that they will grow into but for now I’ll enjoy hitting the ball farther then them and beating them on the scorecard every chance I get because the day will come that they will beat me and if the attitude they show me after they beat me in Call of Duty says anything, they’ll never let me live it down.
Love you boys.
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