I think it’s great for parents to take the time to go to the range and guide their children into this game.
“Here’s a basic grip, here is what proper balance is, now go whack it and have fun.”
That is where the instruction should end. Not only because odds are anything further will be too complicated or just plain wrong, but mostly because that will take the fun of learning out of it for them. In addition, they are more likely to find their own natural swing all by themselves without any outside interference.
There is a line that gets crossed all the time and it really pains me when I see it. A 25 handicap parent talking plane, lag and other technical terms to a 10 year old…or having a 4 year old getting a lesson from a pro, while the parent hovers.
To me, this is borderline child abuse. If you are one of these parents and you mean well, I apologize for offending you, but I am saving you from your child resenting you, and/or quitting the game.
If you are one of those parents that is going to force greatness in golf on your children, let your children have some fun and they will end up being better in the end because what you are telling them is not helping…LOL. Sorry, but it’s true.
There is a line from the awful sequel to The Bad News Bears.
“Let them play!”