The Joys of Golf at Any Age
One of the great things about golf is that anyone can play it. You don’t need a full team of 5-10 players on each side. You don’t even need an opponent—it can just be you against the course average. Young and old – there’s no exact best age to play golf.
But it goes even beyond that. Golf can be enjoyed by professionals as well as amateurs, men and women, children and senior citizens.
Ever since footage of Tiger Woods playing at two started to come out, people have flocked to golf as a sport for their children. Just remember, every child develops at a different rate and Woods was a child prodigy in golf the same way Mozart was in music.
This is a one-in-a-billion occurrence that is not likely to be replicated. However, it is possible to introduce your children to the sport at a very young age.
Television and the internet are making the game more accessible to audiences. Golf video games and simulations are catching the attention of our children.
If you do introduce the game to your child, remember two things. First, make sure you wait until they have a bit of an attention span. If your child can’t stay focused, then they aren’t going to like it and that early attitude can keep them from enjoying the sport later. Also, don’t put pressure on your child to be as great as Tiger. Instead, emphasize that it is a game and that they should try to have fun.
For those who have spent a lifetime playing golf, your senior years can still be a great time to play. Yes, your game will change. You won’t be able to hit the ball as hard as you did, which means that your drives are going to be a bit short. You also aren’t going to be as accurate with your long-distance shots as your coordination and sight begin to give out. But that doesn’t mean you should stop playing. Like we said, there’s no best age to play golf.
You just need to compensate and adjust how you play the game. If you are no longer able to golf a full 18 holes, call it short after the front 9. Just remember that it is still only a game and you should have fun with it. And here’s something to really look forward to—once you retire, you will have more time to spend on the course.
Golf is truly a sport for all groups. You don’t have to be young to enjoy it. Even the very young can get out and learn how to play. Just remember that you should enjoy it and have fun no matter what age you are.
The best age to play golf is, simply, whenever you fall in love with the sport. If you love golf, come play a round at Diamondhead Golf & Country Club, just minutes from Hot Springs, Arkansas. Find out more about our 18-Hole Golf Course and Golf Pro Shop by visiting our website: https://seediamondhead.com/