When and How Should Juniors Get Started With Fitness?

Do you have dreams of watching your child hoist the US Open Golf Trophy? It’s never too early to dream or to start him or her on their journey, but be careful of how you go about doing it. Often times we see parents taking their child to the driving range hitting ball after ball 5 to 6 days per week and many times as young as 5 years old.

Unfortunately as a golf specific fitness professional we usually don’t get to work with these golfers until they are in high school because many parents don’t think they should be “working out” until they are older. Our initial intake questionnaire has the following questions: How long have you played golf, how often do you swing the club, and what other sports did you play while growing up?

Here is what we often see from a 15 or 16 yr old:

How long have you played golf? 10 yrs

How often do you swing the club? Every Day

What other sports have you played? None

With these golfers, often times we have to spend many hours getting them to learn how to use their bodies for maximum efficiency. It is hard for them to develop consistent speed and power because of this, and their bodies are developed unevenly and injuries have already started to hinder their development.

Here is what we would love to see from those golfers:

How long have you played golf? 5-10 yrs

How often do you swing the club? 3-4 days per week

What other sports have you played? Soccer, basketball, tennis, baseball or pretty much any other sport

These golfers already have great control of their bodies and are quick learners when it comes to developing speed and power conducive for their golf swing. They are also well balanced physically and have symmetrical strengths on both sides of their bodies.

So instead of taking your future champion to the range every day, get them in other sports or take them to the park and incorporate the following: