There are tons of benefits to youth sports. Not only do they teach our children discipline and respect, they get kids out of the house and into a greener environment. There are also several beneficial facets of youth sports that are often overshadowed by the sheer physical benefits. You learn how to treat others in a team setting and in leadership settings; you get to gain self confidence through skill acquisition; your mood can improve; and you can learn to control your emotions.
Looking more specifically at different sports, one of the games that seems to be last on the list for many children to learn is Golf. This is in part due to the broad coverage of sports like football, baseball, and hockey, but is also because golf is extremely particular. The many rules and disciplines within golf are both what entices some and scares away others. Here, we’ll discuss the benefits of learning to golf at a young age, and how these benefits differ from other sports.
Golf has a distinguished sense of class surrounding it. People might think that it’s due to golf’s history of being popular in higher society, but it really comes down to the amount of rules that the game has. There is very little opportunity for athletes to come head to head in a heated match since it isn’t a contact sport, and because the game is primarily played solo. The spirit behind golf is essentially the same as it always has been: it’s a gentleman’s sport. Not in the sense of man vs woman, but in the sense that it is to be played in a civil and humble manner.
A misconception about golf is that you don’t have to be physically fit to play it. This is one of the reasons that it doesn’t come to mind when you’re thinking of choosing a sport for your child to play. Most parents picture their children running around on a field and going to bootcamp-like practices in summer camps. What most don’t realize, however, is that there is an incredible amount of strength, stamina, and flexibility that is required in golf. You can walk thousands of steps between rounds from hole to hole, and this is after you’ve actually played a round. There aren’t many other sports out there where you’re still getting a workout while you’re not in play.
Because golf is a single player sport, there is less of a need to compete with the other players on your team or compete in a menacing way. Golf is all about your abilities and your skill development. Your teammates are there to cheer you on in a healthy way, and you can easily measure your talents to see how you can improve upon them. Personal development is incredibly valuable for children, especially in the healthy environments that come in a youth team setting.