Golf and tennis are wonderful outdoor sports that offer kids tons of benefits. From physical activity and socialization, to skill development and strategic thinking, the list of pros exceeds the list of cons by a landslide. However, not all kids are initially interested in these sports, and as tech takes over the world, it seemingly becomes more and more difficult to spend that precious time outside (and active). As a parent, you might be wondering how you can get your child excited about golf and tennis, or outdoor activities in general. Without further ado, here are five tips that can help:
When it comes to introducing your child to golf and tennis, it’s important to start with small steps. Instead of diving into a full game, try introducing mini golf, putt-putt, whiffle ball tennis, backyard badminton, paddle ball, and so on. Introducing your child to a smaller activity can allow them to get a taste of the sport without feeling overwhelmed. Better yet, most of these games are primarily played outdoors - so if golf and tennis aren't relevant to you, we encourage you to toss around small footballs, practice goals with a soccer ball, or breaking out a T with a whiffle ball. Whatever sport you're in, there's plenty of less intimidating ways to be introduced to these games!
Everybody loves fun. And one of the best ways to get kids excited about golf and tennis is to make it fun. Leveraging games, challenges, and rewards allows more room to make the experience enjoyable. For example, you could set up a putting contest or a mini-tennis tournament with prizes for the winners. They can invite friends for some summer fun, or even play these games as a birthday party idea. The options are endless, so get brainstorming! The more fun your child has, the more likely they will be to want to continue playing.
Another way to get your child excited about golf and tennis is to encourage socialization. Like mentioned above, bringing friends and events into the experience makes it all the more fun, and helps develop social skills that will last a lifetime. Moreover - teamwork. Playing with friends or family members will likely make the sport more enjoyable and less intimidating. Doing this at home is a great alternative to enrolling your child in a golf or tennis clinic if they're feeling too intimidated by that. However, if they're ready, organized events and clinics provide an opportunity to meet other kids who share their interests alongside building skills.
Find the Right Clothing and Equipment
Having the right equipment can make a big difference in your child’s interest in golf and tennis. Make sure your child has the appropriate size clubs or racket and shoes that fit well and are comfortable to wear. Let your child choose their own equipment, as they will be more excited to use it if they feel like they have a say in the decision.
Not only gear, but the clothing is far more important than some realize. As with all sports, and especially outdoor sports, there are a variety of things you should consider when purchasing activewear. From anti-microbial and sun protection, to sweat wicking and stretchiness, we at Turtles and Tees have a wide array of girls' activewear, boys' activewear, mommy & me outfits, and even mens' polo shirts. first and foremost, the fit of your clothing if vital for comfort and performance; always be sure to double check sizing charts when purchasing online, and if you have the opportunity to try items on in store - don't pass it up! We know sweat wicking and anti microbial materials are important - both play into hygiene and comfort immensely. Sun protection is always important as well. Oftentimes less considered, opting for items with sun protection plays a large role in preventing sun damage and skin cancer - two things that are difficult to get a hold on when immersed in outdoor sports.
Be a Mentor
Finally, one of the best ways to get your child excited about golf and tennis is to lead by example. If your child sees that you enjoy playing these sports, they will be more likely to want to join in. Take the time to immerse yourself in mentorship. Play with your child and show them the skills and strategies involved. This will not only get your child excited but also strengthen your bond with them.
Getting kids excited about golf and tennis may require some creativity, but with these five tips, you can help spark their interest and encourage a love for these sports that will last a lifetime. With these tips, your child will be swinging and serving in no time! As always, feel free to reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns!