At Dunes Golf Centre we believe that golf can be uncomplicated, interesting, and fun to learn and play, which leads to developing other physical and mental skills.
Our programmes are designed to help students learn “what to do,” (a positive) and avoids any “How to” directions that try to fix poor outcomes. Studies into the nature of learning show that fixing is a negative approach to progress, and has never supported developmental learning. By focusing on “what to do,” long-term learning is encoded through the students’ own reasoning and deduction skills.
For example: Last week the juniors were discovering about the club face and how this influences the direction the ball goes in.
To make the lesson fun and engaging the children drew a ‘face’ on the club so now the club really does have a face!
In the sessions, the children discovered that, if the face is drawn in the middle of the club, the best shots happen when the ball is hit by the nose.
The ball does not go up in the air if it hits the chin, and we get strange results and a vibration through the shaft if we hit the cheeks.
The ball goes wherever the ‘eyes’ are looking as the ‘face’ hits the ball.
If you come to the range with your child, let them have some fun drawing a face on the club. Ask your child which part of the ‘face’ they think they hit the ball with.
Learning should take place through play so we come up with games that are designed to engage the children in an environment that allows them to discover how they do it. As opposed to us telling them what to do.
Here are some examples from a recent session designed to develop distance control for putting.
Ladder Putting: In this game they rolled the ball into each number until they had collected all the bean bags
Connect 4: This is a game of Connect 4 but with golf balls as counters
So, why should children learn to play golf?
Some people would say; to develop a great swing, to win tournaments, to be a golf professional winning majors or Olympic Golds like Justin Rose, or simply to learn life skills. These views should be rethought and quickly replaced with:
Children should learn to play golf simply because it’s a great game that’s fun to play with friends and family.
Great golf swings, winning tournaments, professional golf and life skills may be possible outcomes, but they should not be someone’s (parent or child’s) reason for playing golf or any game.
Golf is a healthy, outdoor, social activity and most importantly it helps to develop self-reliance and self confidence
We have new groups starting after the Easter Holidays for the following age groups:
4 to 8 years old (Tiger Cubs)
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
6 to 12 years old (Tiger Golf)
Wednesdays and Thursdays – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
11 to 16 years old (Development Group)
Tuesdays – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
Full details on our junior coaching programs can be found on this page – CLICK HERE
Alternatively call in to see us or speak to one of our friendly team on the phone – 01346 510693.
Spaces are available on a first come first served basis so make sure you get in quick to avoid disappointment!
EASTER HOLIDAY GOLF
We have planned golf sessions for the Easter holidays that are guaranteed to be fun and educational for your child.
These one-off sessions take place on the following days and times and include, amongst loads of golf games, an Easter Egg hunt.
If your child has their own clubs then bring them along but if not, all clubs will be provided free of charge.
The cost for each session is £10.00
CLICK HERE TO BOOK A SPACE ON EASTER GOLF NOW
Monday 3rd April 9.30am – 10.30am 4 to 8 year olds (Tiger Cubs)
Monday 3rd April 10.45am – 11.45am 6 to 12 year olds (Junior Tigers)
Wednesday 5th April 9.30am – 10.30am 4 to 8 year olds (Tiger Cubs)
Wednesday 5th April 10.45am – 11.45am 6 to 12 year olds (Junior Tigers)