Teaching your children how to play golf

As a parent of two teenagers, who are very fond of golf, i get a lot of questions about how i managed to achieve that. And to be honest, getting my kids to like golf was never my intention to begin with. And that might have been the key to my success. I see a lot of families on golf course who force their kids to play and practice golf every day and you can tell that those kids are not enjoying any minute of it. Whatever liking they had for the sport is long gone and now they can’t wait to get home from the practice. And that is all thanks to their parents’ approach of forcing them into the sport. I believe that humans are designed as free creatures, and forcing anyone into anything is a waste of time.

 I don’t practice golf with my children every day, but rather once a week, usually on weekends. And surprisingly, i’m never the one to initiate our trip to the golf course. Kids usually have such a good time that they’ll beg me every week to take them with me. And i think that’s the key – making golf fun and enjoyable for the kids. First thing i did to achieve this, was buying very good clubs for kids, carefully picked out by Experts. Even if that means letting them bring toys to the course to play with once they get bored of golf. At first my kids did bring toys to the course, but now they’re too involved in the game to consider doing something else. And i’m very proud of that.

 The main reason why people are frustrated with learning things, is failure. And when you’re teaching golf to your kids, that’s the first thing that you need to get rid of. Everyone hates being bad at something, so if you want your kids to be able to learn easily, don’t be frustrated or irritated by their mistakes. Try to keep it as much fun as possible. If they are having friends over, or just don’t want to go to play golf and want to watch TV instead, let them do it. Obviously, excessive TV is also bad, but that is topic for another discussion.

 And as to why you might want to teach your kids – possibilities are endless. The benefits of having extracurricular activities on their resume, like for example playing on high school golf tournaments is very big. And in this convenience-based culture that we have here in US, it’s nice to give them habits that include going out and being active.

Can golf be played on cheap?

There is this common misconception around the world, not only in US, that golf is terribly expensive sport. Whenever i ask a friend or acquaintance of mine about golf, there are two responses – they are either playing golf and loving it, or they have this flawed perception of golf. The stereotype about golf seems to be that it is very expensive sport that can only be played by the rich. And based on my experience, that couldn’t be further from truth, but i have to give credit where it is due – Golf manufacturers and players themselves haven’t made it easy for that stereotype to disappear. Some golfers, who usually have fat wallets, like to show off their thousand buck golf clubs and golf course memberships. Brands have to cater to these golfers, because most of their profits comes from selling high quality seniors golf clubs. But that doesn’t mean that’s the only thing they sell. There are plenty of affordable golf clubs that any middle class person can afford, according to GolfClubsGuru.They are more than enough for playing at amateur level. If you start to get more serious though, you definitely need one of those high end clubs, but most people just play golf for fun, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

 But even if you insist on having high end golf clubs, there are still ways and tricks you can use to reduce your spending. Often people, who are in the same position but can’t afford to pay for high end clubs, opt for used golf clubs instead. Although you have to be careful, because sites like eBay and Craigslist, which are the primary source for used golf clubs, don’t have much of a customer service, so if your club set turns out to be faulty, you can’t return or basically do anything about it, except for writing a bad review to the seller. Although there are ways you can get around that as well. You should only consider buying from sellers with high ratings with a lot of satisfied customers. That way, you can be sure that seller is honest, but there are still few things you need to keep in mind. Check golf club description and pictures diligently, there might be some problem with the club. But basically, i follow this simple rule – if it’s too good to be true, it probably is bad golf club. Also you can track the clubs that others are bidding on, having them do all the research for you, while you pick out your favorite club.

 Another good way to save money on them is by buying last year’s models, or 2-3 year old golf clubs are okay as well. There is this trend in golf industry, Golf club brands release new models of clubs every year, and people with money like to keep up and always have newest models available, sort of like iPhone craze that is going on now. So those guys tend to sell their old clubs, and they do it at very cheap rate. That creates opportunity for you to jump on the deal and enjoy your sweet savings.


Smoking and Running – unfortunately very common issue

Some runners still feel that smoking won’t effect their fitness. We all know an amazing marathoner who chain smokes across the side along with a runner that regularly gets via a box onto a weekend and still manages to blitz park run.

Exercise can help to combat some of the negative side effects of smoking to get certain Herculean individuals, however it doesn’t eliminate the harm. Nor does it eliminate the harm that has already been done.

Runners would get a good deal more in their physical fitness regime if they stopped smoking completely, as this research shows.

Exercise surely doesn’t behave like an eraser, but maintaining busy might help you stop in the long run. So, even though you might discover exercise harder, keep going and side step those urges.

Stopping smoking is not a simple undertaking, but exercising can help to curb the desire to light up. Running obviously releases endorphins and provides an exceptional diversion, shifting your attention elsewhere. Running can also allow you to work off withdrawal symptoms and decrease stress.

Using exercise to help you to quit smoking will make the transition easier and aid your future wellness. As you quit smoking, lung function improves, heartbeat decreases and blood flow increases, which can help you stay on track with your new rental of fitness life.

The unwanted side affects of long-term smoking do not bode well for your health, but even for heavy smokers, it is never too late to stop. As stated by the NHS, within the initial year of quitting smoking the impact on your breathing could be enormous, with lung capacity improving by up to 10 per cent.

Therefore, even when you’re finding it difficult to quit, don’t stop trying. Lace up, head out of the doorway and give yourself a huge pat on the back for even getting started.

Plan to stop smoking: Individuals are more effective at remaining a non-smoker whenever they plan to quit smoking. Over the day you quit smoking, remove all your smoking paraphernalia and tell your friends and relatives that you’re presently a non-smoker. We are more inclined to devote to things when we tell people what our aims are.

Know your motives for wanting to stop smoking: If you aren’t clear about your own motivation to stop smoking, it’s unlikely that you will fully dedicate to being a non-smoker. You need to be totally clear about why you should bother to change. Write your reasons down, you’re more inclined to remain smoke-free!