Chalk Golf For Kids

I am not sure if you all knew this or not, but I also help out with the First Tee of Greater Charleston. It is a great program to support the growing of the game of golf in our youth! If you have any questions about the program please let me know and I would love to discuss it further with you. But they reached out to me to see if I would post some videos to help support kids still being a part of the game at home!

So, I grabbed some of our neighbors kids (still social distancing) and we came up with Chalk Golf.  No special equipment needed; just chalk, a rock, paper, and a pen! We did 9 holes around our sidewalk. Every hole had different shapes, sizes, and all sorts of obstacles. Seriously, you can be as creative as you want. Plus, the fun part is you can play like the rules of golf or make up your own. Just need a place to start and a place to finish! Check out the video for the full course my neighborhood did!! They are out there practicing even more to have a tournament tomorrow!!!

Establish your own Family Tee

One of my favorite activities here at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is called The Family Tee Program.

Family Tee Program:

– Tees markers are setup on the golf course half way down the hole (no more than 180 yards)

– All members of the family must play from these tee markers. Kids are FREE and adults pay half the normal rate

– Starts everyday at 4:30-6pm. Tee Times are 10 minutes apart.

– Offered the week before Easter and week after Easter, Memorial Day-Labor Day, week of Thanksgiving and Christmas

This program is all about FAMILY!!! The holes are 180 yards….parents this is a great time to grab three clubs: putter, SW, PW. It is time to work on your short game!!! Kids, it is time to out drive your parents and hit the ball far with all your clubs. Yes, this time is not about us, it is time to be about the kids. Parents should be out there to support your kids and show them how much fun the game is! Play a scramble together, play partners, play match play, the options are endless! The best part is everybody around you on the golf course is there also because of their family!

Now, I understand that your golf course might not have this program and you can’t just hop on a plane to come to Kiawah but……you can do this on your own. Take your scorecard cut the holes in half and play from that yardage on each hole. Maybe make a suggestion to your golf pro about possibly adding this program to your course. Let the kids play well! This is just another way to make it fun for you and your kids. As they improve back the tees up a little bit. Before you know it, you and your family will be playing from your tee box and beating you!!!

Buying Kid’s Clubs

Christmas is right around the corner, so I thought we could discuss how to purchase a child a set of golf clubs. This process is realitively simple but very important. You want your child to have the right size clubs so they have a better chance of hitting the ball correctly.  It is important to check your child’s clubs every year, especially since the kids tend to grow every month it seems.

If you look at the chart above, you will notice it is based on height and not age. This is extremely important because a child at the age of 8 might not be the same height as another child at the age of 8.  U.S. Kids does a very good job at sizing every child properly. They have simplified the process by applying a color code to a range in height. For example if your child is 45 inches tall he would be in the blue clubs. If your child is 49 inches he/she would be in the orange clubs. Now, if they are in the color orange, this doesn’t mean you think your child is still growing and should buy purple the next color up. You want the child to be in the correct set, and this means you should buy the orange set. But if you are on the border, look at your child and his/her abilities.

Another great option for a child just beginning or thinking of beginning is going out to buy individual clubs. My suggestion is purchase at least a putter and 8 iron. These two clubs can get them started. If you choose to buy a third a hybrid is a great choice. The hybrid can be used to hit off the tee box and also to hit off the fairway and is generally an easier club to hit longer shots with. These three clubs any kid can take to the course.


Personal Par

So sorry for the lapse in posts, but it has been a couple of crazy weeks. Irma came through the south and luckily we survived here in the low country. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that has been effected and hope they can get back into the swing of things sooner than later.

As we have watched golf on TV, even the professionals have a hard time shooting par. Therefore this blog is about shooting your personal par. Even though, our ultimate goal is shooting par, it takes time, practice, and patience to lower your score.

Take your scorecard of the course you are going to play and change your par. If you look at the picture above, I have changed a couple holes to bogey because I feel that these holes give my student a little trouble and if he/she had an extra stroke, it would ease their mind and allow the student to play the hole their own way. After I change the par, his/her goal is to shoot 80 which is a great goal for him/her right now. This is all about de-stressing yourself while you play. If a hole is too long and you have trouble getting to the green in 2 shots, then allow yourself an extra shot. Who knows, in the end, you might not need the extra stroke after all. Plus, this hopefully will also allow yourself to avoid getting a double bogey or more because you are so worried about shooting par. After a couple rounds, then you might want to change your personal par a little lower to challenge yourself.

There are many different forms of this personal par, such as playing 5’s: every whole is a 5 and if you get a 5 on every whole you shoot a 90. Another way is just add an extra stroke to each hole – bogey golf = 90 on 18 holes. I personally have done this my whole career. It has helped me and my students start to shoot lower without overwhelming yourself with shooting the “professional par”.