"Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots - but you have to play the ball where it lies." - Bobby Jones
The benefits of getting your children into golf are many fold, this is a short list highlighting just a few. The golf environment is one of the most positive in all sports with fantastic role models and exacting standards of behaviour and decorum. Dressing correctly, arriving on time and showing courtesy and respect for everyone at the club are all part of becoming a valued member of the golfing family.
Golf is steeped in history and traditions and has a proud heritage. Many of these values and standards are passed on through the game in the form of etiquette and the fact that it's a self-governing game. Bitesize Golf is fully aware that these skills are valuable and they from an essential part of the curriculum, learning how to meet and greet people and show courtesy and respect are small examples.
Helping your opponent search for a potentially lost ball and waiting for them to play their stroke rather than walking away are part of what makes good sportsmanship a major part of the game. The game has many superb role models and its high standards of fair play make it the envy of many other sports.
Woven within the various levels and modules are many snippets of information designed to boost self esteem and aid personal development. Once the pupils progress beyond the sixth level they are introduced to the Mind Ball who gives advice on sports psychology, positive thinking techniques other mental strategies that increase confidence.
Having to call a foul on yourself is an essential part of being a golfer, putting up with tough breaks and bad luck are all part of the game. If your playing partner has mis-counted your score and put you down for less strokes than you actually took, it takes great honesty to correct them and increase the total to what is should be. All these examples of honesty are great for building strong, positive character in a person.
Accidentally causing the ball to move incurs a penalty stroke, which should be declared immediately. Stepping on your ball whilst looking for it is another example where only the player might be aware they have infringed the rules, but they are classic cases of when golfers call penalties on themselves.
This comes in many forms, standing still and quiet is covered right up front in the Red Level. Pupils learn to show consideration for not only their playing partners but for all other players on the course by keeping noise to a minimum. Showing respect for the older members of the club and the clubs' officials also help the young golfers understand this important life skill.
The game has moments of intense frustration which frequently tests the character of all who play. Controlling these feelings is a great discipline to acquire at a young age and failure to master your temper means the game will always seem to get the better of you. Understanding the stages of development means these programmes address these areas in the later levels and provide strategies to help players cope under pressure.
Sharing a common interest with people of a similar age is a great way to create and develop friendships that can potentially last a lifetime. Bitesize Golf lessons in a group environment increase the likelihood of friendships being formed in double quick time and when time is spent out on the course with partners and opponents, team mates soon become good buddies.
The courses concentrate on increasing self esteem by helping pupils achieve success and recognition every step of the way, Coaches are trained to teach in the positive and bestow positive enforcement at every opportunity. Pupils gain in confidence and stature as they pass through the levels and achieve the required standards set before them.
Looking after your golf equipment and taking responsibility for arriving on the tee on time are key areas of responsibility that pupils learn and develop through the programmes. The curriculum always tries to explain why it's important to do something and what's gained by taking this particular action. This way, pupils will accept their roles and responsibilities more readily because they understand some of the reasons why they might benefit from taking a particular course of action.