I always show proper respect to parents and the way they treat their children on the range. It’s their children, but sometimes I am tempted to go off.
I have a client right now who is 15 years old and is among the top 50 in the world under 18. His dad is awesome. Isn’t pushy, respects I know what I am doing, so I try and return the respect by involving him in the discussion and ask his opinions. He is very knowledgable and I want all three of us to be on the same page.
What is painful is what I experienced today, I was giving a lesson to an adult and on either side of me, their was a mother-daughter and a father-son. I don’t think they were together. The father was offering some bad advice to the son, but it was completely inappropriate to step in. The mother was riding the daughter so hard, she cried at one point. These kids were about 12 and 14.
It got worse. I came back later to see a third set. A farther and son and it was painful. The kid was hooking his driver. He was coming too far from the inside with an open club to the path and hitting one flip hook after another,
The father kept yelling…yes yelling, things like…
“Hold the lag, hold the angle, hold of the release, hold the face open, don’t let the face close,”…etc.
“What is wrong with you?”..each time he hit a hook.
Guess what Mr. Stalin? You’re an idiot and you are making things worse both technically and emotionally.
This is very personal because my dad was an 18 handicap and would read the latest Golf Digest and bombard me with it and ruin my game. He read one month that the low side is the amateur side and the high side is the pro side on putts.
While I actually agree with the premise that a ball on the low side has lost it’s chance to go in, there are distinctions to be made.
He would literally and not jokingly ride me on every putt I missed on the low side. It could be a 20 foot downhill slider that would lip out on the low side and I would get a lecture. God forbid I would miss a 5 or 6 footer on the low side.
I got so sick of hearing “amateur side,” that at one point I was playing so much break on short putts, that I starting missing them in bunches.
The point is not for me to have a therapy session, the point is all you parents out there. Most of you don’t know nearly enough about golf to be coaching your kids…and more importantly, don’t take the fun out of it for them because you are trying to foster the next Tiger Woods. I am sure most parents have their kid’s best interest at heart, so let them have fun. That will foster better golf.
The soap box is smashed under the weight of this rant.