When can my boy play golf?

     I am going to be a new dad soon.  I was wondering if anyone has advice about when a kid can play?  I heard a toddler can putt at 25 months. 

      Every club in my bag is Titleist.  Should I cut some Titleist clubs down to size or go with special made club for toddlers? 

 

Mike from Florida

Congratulations! There are many things that you can do with your son from a very early age.  I would recommend starting with the lightest plastic clubs and wiffle balls early on.  Cut downs are very hard for juniors because they will be far too heavy, too stiff, and the grips far too large.  The Titleist Performance Institute has a lot of great information on Junior Golf Development.  Check them out at www.mytpi.com.  

US Kids makes affordable golf sets for toddlers, 3-5 yr olds, 5-8, 8-12.    The toddler set is a driver, iron and putter.  Usually the 8-12 set is driver, fairway, 5H, 7i, 9i, SW and putter. 

 

If one lives in San Diego there are plenty of executive courses (and a couple of them are mosty 125 yard par 3s - Lomas Santa Fe and Lake San Marcos).

I have two boys, ages 4 and 5.  They've both been playing golf for about a year.  The younger one still doesn't quite get it, but he has fun, so that all that matters.  They both started with the plastic clubs and wiffle balls.  They still use those around the yard.

I picked them up Maxfli sets from Dick's sporting goods for Christmas and they were very reasonably priced, $100 or less and it included bags.  I take the boys with the range with me regularly and they love going with me to the golf shops and practice their putting.

My wife is less enthused about it, since invariably I come home with something new each time we go to the golf stores.  Overall, I say your boy will never be too young to start, so long as he enjoys it. 

Congratulations on your new boy and best of luck. 

One funny story I'll share is that I had both boys with me at the range and my youngest was 3 at the time.  In the middle of my backswing I hear "daddy I pooped!"  Then it was a mad dash to the bathroom to change the diaper and get back on the firing line to finish our bucket of balls.

Hey Mike it's never too early to involve them in golf.

Keep it fun and no pressure.

Here is a video of my son at 25 months...awesome stuff!!!

He will be 5 this fall we probably play once a month now although a little rusty he has amazing game when he wants to focus.

Just have fun!!!!!

DR. K

Here you go!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=XOQiBB3xiM4

Dr K.

He is definitely gifted. That swing is priceless. Keep him swinging.

Congratulations and I have some experience since my boy is 4 now. The first thing I did was get him involved in the sport at age 3. At 2 they would lose their attention span, but at 3 their concentration was far more in depth. Then I bought him a putter and took him to mini golf three times a week. What it did was keep him intrigued in the game and wanting more with all the silly safari and other obstacles. Then I would compete with him at home by putting in the $15.00 Pro circuit putt return and he would love watching the machine shoot the ball back at him from across the room every time he made a putt. The point is to keep them intrigued and wanting more at this age. This year at age 4.5 he started his private lessons and after about six of them he drives the ball over 50 yards. The pro he goes to even said he wouldn't start any sooner than age 4. Now he tees up in the backyard and repeatedly drives the ball into the tent-like net. Good luck and I hope this helps!

Congratulations, Mike. I have a two year old boy and he loves to mimic me and golfers on TV with his plastic golf clubs. That said, his attention span is nowhere near ready for an investment in clubs. Start slow and let your child enjoy the game.