Golf is not something I naturally think of when it comes to pursuing a sport. I succumb to the cliché that golf is but a hobby.
Online Golf is a website dedicated to all things golf. They have taken it upon themselves to introduce this often overlooked sport to youngsters.
Now the only golf I have ever played is crazy golf. But I am not averse to giving something new a try. With a bit of encouragement, neither is my son. He plays cricket and has tried hockey, so why not golf? We decided to support this venture and agreed to be part of an indoor golfing event.
The pros were on hand to help us as we made our way around the 6-hole indoor golf course and tried to harness our latent golfing talent. The aim was to introduce families to golf and basic golfing techniques, and bust some golf myths along the way.
Absolutely not! My six year old was putting, slicing and hooking within minutes of getting on the indoor course. Youngsters as little as 3 years old could play golf, thanks to the age-appropriate golfing equipment now available.
Myth 2: Golf is a sedate pastime
Not if you think of walking around a 18-hole course! You could have walked 5 to 6 miles by the time you finish one round. That is about 10,000 steps –your daily recommended step average for a healthy adult. Golf is low-risk and low-intensity as compared to some other sports, but it is still a great way to get some exercise especially if you have a sedentary lifestyle.
Myth 3: Golf is not a competitive sport
Now don’t go saying that to Ryder Cup competitors. No matter what your ability, you can always compete and try to improve on a golf course. As with any sport, golf teaches you sportsmanship and life lessons – wins come with losses. You learn to cope with the downs and work hard towards the ups.
Myth 4: Golf is easy
I wish! My first tee landed way off course and almost took off a few balloons festooned around for the event. There is more to golf than swinging a club. You need to concentrate, focus, judge, aim and play the best stroke. It teaches youngsters (and grownups) to be calm and patient.
Myth 5: Golf is boring
Okay, so it is slower than some other sports. But golf provides enough excitement and opportunities for bonding to make up for the slower pace. It is a sport that can be taken up and enjoyed by the whole family. And you get to be outdoors, surrounded by lush green grass.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Get Kids Into Golf event and came back with a new insight into the sport. What do you make of golf? Do you fancy playing a round?
Disclosure: We were invited to attend a #OGGetKidsIntoGolf event in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.