Plugged In The Hazard Humorous Pro-Spectives On Golf
Golfing With The Rug Rats
As our kids grow into louder, more destructive members of society many of them will take it upon themselves to uproot plants, eat gravel, and openly play with themselves in public. We can count on this. Many of them will also decide to take up arms (or titanium 3-woods) and mercilessly invade golf courses all across the country. This is when it really gets interesting.
Im not entirely opposed to the idea of our youth playing the game of golf. After all, six years ago I made a youth myself (I had some help). I am, however, opposed to hair pulling, back-talking, and the creation of gigantic murals depicting dinosaur feeding frenzies (on walls, ceilings, doors, etc.) with markers darn near impossible to erase. If only my six-year-old would be interested in sketching a picture of Jack Nicklaus at impact - or Ben Hogan hitting a one-iron! If that were the case, perhaps I wouldnt be so inclined to send him to his bedroom for eight weeks without the privilege of being able to play Nintendo. Id forego food and water, however, taking away video games for two months is much more effective.
Ive actually come to realize that playing golf with my boy is somewhat invigorating. To begin with, whenever I play golf with him, I usually beat him by about 108 shots. I like that. To me, winning is what its all about. Hes good for my confidence - I like that too. After winning a match, my instinctive reaction is to rub it in saying, Na, na, na, na, na, Im better than you-u! In fact, I did that to him once and he proudly came back with Yeah, but can you soil your pants five times in one day? I shut up after that.
As a father, Ive come to realize that there are a few dos and donts when golfing with your kids. Here are a few rules
Golfing with your kids isnt something to rejoice about. Its something to rejoice in. Your kids are your most precious gifts. Treat them well. When they shank, skull, duff, and chop their way around the course catch them off guard by giving them a high-five for their accomplishment. Who knows, maybe theyll let you beat them by 108 shots next time you peg it up with them.