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The Masters Weekend Is The Perfect Time To Introduce Your Kids To Golf

The Masters is on this weekend and it is to many golfers what opening day is to baseball fans. It is the start of the season. The time when many courses start to awake from their frozen, snow filled slumber, and if they’re still not totally thawed out at least we can go to the driving range.

Last weekend I did just that with Zacharie. He loves to play road hockey in the driveway, he’ll swing at a baseball on a tee, or chase a soccer ball around, but we have yet to find a team sport that he really wants to embrace. He’s happier in swimming lessons, rock climbing and now, apparently, golf.

It was opening day at my local driving range last weekend and I scooped out 100 balls in a bucket expecting to hit a few dozen and have to leave early because Zacharie would be complaining about being bored. The opposite was true. I was done before he was. He wanted to stay. He wanted to get more balls.

I learned a few things about my son on that plastic mat. He’s determined. He can focus. He’s left handed.

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  • Masters Weekend 1 of 9
    Masters Weekend
    Here are some pictures from our first day at the driving range and some tips to get your kids interested in golf
  • Mini Putt 2 of 9
    Mini Putt
    We have been out to mini putt a half dozen times or so. It's a cheap and fun way to learn how to stand and hit the ball.
  • Snow Golf 3 of 9
    Snow Golf
    Even with a little bit of snow on the course, we were eager to play. Going to the driving range is a great way to teach kids golf. The course can be intimidating, especially with other players getting frustrated at young children (most times they're not even allowed). The range lets them learn and hit without any pressure.
  • Line Em Up 4 of 9
    Line Em Up
    I put a club on the ground to help him get alignment and learn to stand square to the ball.
  • He’s A Lefty 5 of 9
    He's A Lefty
    I should have known. My son swings hockey sticks left-handed, but I forgot until we got to the course and he grabbed my club.
  • I HIT It! 6 of 9
    I HIT It!
    Here's a video of my son's first day on the range.

  • His Own Clubs 7 of 9
    His Own Clubs
    Seeing as he had so much fun, after our session at the range we went to the golf store to look for some junior left-handed clubs. $160 for a set? Wow. No.
    Image via SportChek
  • Craigslist 8 of 9
    Craigslist
    I remembered my Dad was a lefty, but he had given his clubs away years ago. Nana and Grandpapa did help us out when they found a set on Craiglist for $25. Sold. Just enough clubs to get him in the swing of things in his own size at the range.
  • Augusta National 9 of 9
    Augusta National
    The Masters start this week. I have a standing reservation on the couch to watch the tournament. Watching this beautiful colourful course is a great time to teach your kids about the game. With so few commercials, there will be little distraction while they learn.
    Image via Julie Campbell

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