How to make sure your kids don’t grow up hating golf

Yesterday, during my time on golf course, i saw a kid with his parents on the course. But something about him was off, he dragged his feet and didn’t seem to enjoy his time on the course. I went on playing my game, but once i got back home, i thought about that boy some more. I am 24 year old guy, currently engaged, and while i don’t plan on having kids any time soon, i want to have them in distant future, so i got to thinking what i’d do differently as a father. It is obvious that his parents were forcing him to play golf for some reason. Common reasons for forcing your children into certain sports are things like scholarships and vacating time for yourself to be alone without worrying about the kid. And while i do realize it’s very tough, but it’s still a little off for me. Golf is especially sensitive topic to me. I am golf fanatic, and don’t want to take any risks in that regard. I must make sure that my kid loves golf as much as i do, it’s one of the dreams of my life. It might be the case for that boy i saw yesterday as well, but his parents took approach that is clearly wrong. You can’t force anyone into liking a certain sport.

 Instead, i will try to get my son to initiate going to the course himself. Whatever it takes, even if it’s expensive candy and surprises, i will find a way to make it work. First, as a parent, you have to associate golf course with a place where you have fun. And the rest will follow. I’m no psychologist, but i know how kid’s mind works, so i’m sure in my plan and how well it will work.

It’s funny though, because i don’t have a lot of money right now, yet still in my imaginations, i’m the rich dad who won’t refuse anything his kid asks.

 As far as my research goes, i’ve also discovered that choosing very good junior golf club set is also very important. If your kid is just a beginner, you can get started with any junior club set made by decent brands like Callaway or Wilson, but once your kid starts to get serious, you have to have golf clubs fitted and pick the one that your kid will like the most. Golf is individual. Salesmen will tell you that this or that club set is the best and will work for everyone, but in my experience, that’s not how it goes. What i would recommend, is to go to your local golf retailer and let your kid try on different club sets before he or she finds one that he/she likes.

 Anyways, that’s about it for today. I really do think that all kids should be going out and be active. Not sitting at home and playing videogames all day, as they are doing now. That’s just unhealthy, both for brain and the body.

Social and networking benefits of playing golf

I have discussed a lot of topics related to golf lately, but i haven’t yet talked about one thing that is often overlooked by everyone. That is, golf as a medium through which you can socialize with your co-workers, boss or even get to know new people and build relationships in the industry you’re working in. I never see people discussing this side of golf, and can’t understand why. Perhaps people don’t want to be seen like they are charming people and taking advantage of golf, but that’s not what i’m talking about. I’m talking about mutually beneficial, respectful relationship between people who are involved in same line of work, or a way to relax after work with your coworkers.

 Golf is very slow paced sport, so it allows you to have casual conversations while doing something. And it is also good ice breaker, which allows you to get to know people better and familiarize with them. It is also very flexible in terms of activity. If you want to be active while playing golf, you can, but it is also accommodating to players who don’t want to get wasted on the golf course. You can ride golf cart and go on with your day as if nothing had happened. As opposed to working out in gym, which takes few more hours to recover from.

 I guess that’s why golf is viewed as rich man’s sport. And most rich men happen to be older than average. It is indeed perfect activity for old men who want to hang out with their friends, while making connections and deals at the same time.  And i guess that’s why presidents are notoriously criticized for the time they spend on playing golf. But we have to understand that they might be doing serious business at the same time, and take it easy on them.

 There are a lot of douchebags on golf course, who like to show off their wealth and still can’t buy their golf game. They take tons of classes and still end up as mediocre players, or buy  best seniors golf clubs they can find, but for one of those guys, there are dozens who are cool people and knowing them can be a great asset in your business career. Or just as a friends.  This culture of golf, culture of business, is why i love it so much and will keep playing it for the rest of my life.

Value of old golf clubs

I am a person who trades with vintage items and deals with collectors a lot, and there is something i need to clear up about my niche of business. There is common misconception among golf players that all old golf clubs are worth a lot. I believed it myself, so i looked up prices of 50 and 70 year old golf clubs on eBay, and surprisingly, they weren’t worth much at all. I got curious and started to investigate, and found out that unless your specific golf club was of very limited edition, or was owned by famous golfer who won important championships with them, your old golf clubs will have tiny value because they were massively produced, so there is no shortage of old vintage golf clubs for anyone who might be collecting them. And on top of that, they are not as well-built and well-designed as clubs available today, driving their prices even lower.

 And this misconception isn’t exclusive to golf players either. Because of some odd exceptions, which were sold for millions, public thinks that everything, even if they are not rare, can get expensive with age. Which, obviously, couldn’t be further from the truth. Some cars might get more expensive, because they were not produced in such high quantities as they are today. Especially those cars made by Henry Ford, before he had discovered advantages of mass production. But even mass produced cars might have broken down or got rusty over the years, so if you have well-groomed old car, it might actually be worth something today. I don’t understand the whole obsession with cars, but apparently, some people get kick out of it, and if those people happen to be rich, and badly want to have your car, consider yourself very lucky.

 Anyway, that’s all i wanted to talk about today. I just got irritated because i get calls from so many people expecting to get rich off their old golf clubs, and telling each one of them the truth, results in their disappointment. And that’s kind of exhausting and hard to do. So i hope this helps someone, and i’ll be back with more tips on golf in short period of time.