Golf is a sport which has always split opinion; either loved or loathed, it is rare to come across someone who is indifferent to golf as a spectacle. Famously, Oscar Wilde once said that “golf is a good walk spoiled” and there is no better quotation to show the kind of divide there is when looking at the sport. However, if you are a fan who happens to have young children, it may be worthwhile trying to get them involved in playing from an early age. Not only can such family activities act as a bonding exercise, but also there are plenty of educational aspects to the game which children would profit from in the long term.
Maths – Getting Your Head Around the Scoring System
Golf is one of the few sports where achieving a low score is the aim of the game, with each hole on the eighteen hole circuit given a par, or a number of shots it is expected to take the average player to complete the hole in. This is then added up over the course of the entire game to create a final score, which will hopefully see the player achieve a negative score, meaning they were able to complete the holes in front of them in fewer shots than it was expected.
With mathematics being one of the most vital skills children are taught at school, it is important that parents put their children in situations outside of a school context where they can apply the kind of analytical thinking they are expected to show during the week and golf enables this. By letting your child keep score throughout the day’s play, there is a strong possibility you will witness an increased understanding of the mathematical curriculum they are tested on throughout their time at school.
Geography – Great Weather for It
Golf also differs from a large majority of sports in that is held entirely outdoors, rather than in a stadium or arena where the roof can be closed if weather is not ideal for the necessary conditions. For example, the majority of stadiums used in the FIFA World Cup tournaments now have roofs which can be closed in advance of a match if the weather forecast predicts poor conditions. As golf does not enjoy this luxury, players are often seen playing in difficult conditions, whether it be heavy rain or strong winds.
By introducing children to golf at an early age, they are likely to begin taking an interest in weather forecasts when they are looking to head off for a round of golf during the weekend. This will increase their own understanding of certain geographical issues surrounding the weather and could in fact inspire them to look into specialising in such an area at a later time in life. With the weather being a stable part of the geography curriculum at schools, having an interest in this area from childhood is likely to mean this area of the syllabus at least will be something your child would thrive in.
This educational aspect to the sport is something which is often overlooked, but if you can interest your children from an early age they are likely to reap the rewards, and of course the more they play, the better they will be. Before you know it you may be in need of some storage room for the golf trophies they are accumulating, and of course, this will increase their self-esteem levels, which is another vital aspect of growing up. All in all, involving you child in golf early seems to be a ‘no brainer’.