If your child is interested in advancing their golf skills, participating in a junior golf tournament is a great way for them to feel motivated to improve, meet fellow golfers and have fun. Before the day arrives, work with your child on preparation, beginning with researching the course.
Learn the Course Before the Tournament
Encouraging your child to spend some time on the tournament course ahead of the event can help your child feel more assured and ready for the big event. Understanding the course’s terrain can make a big difference. A special focus should be paid to the course’s bunkers, hazards and trees. You and your child can also research the event online by studying course maps and reading recaps of previous tournaments held at that location.
In the days leading up to the tournament, your child should focus on improving their swing at the nearby driving range. Spending extra time on holes that are similar to those in the tournament can also help your child prepare for the event. Don’t put too much pressure on your child during a practice session, however. At this age, having fun and learning the basics should be the primary goals.
Take a Break the Night Before
Spending too much time fixated on the tournament can impact your child’s mental readiness, potentially affecting their ability to play. On the night before the tournament, spend time as a family doing other hobbies, such as playing a board game together. Sleep is also an important part of preparation; getting enough sleep the night before the tournament can help your child have enough energy and enthusiasm to make the most of the event. Rest is also essential for giving the body time to relax and repair the muscles used in golf.
Dehydration can have many negative effects on the human body, including feeling weak and passing out. Before the tournament begins, encourage your child to drink plenty of water. During the event, your child should keep a bottle of water close at hand. If the weather is particularly warm and sunny, taking along a sports drink packed with electrolytes can help avoid dehydration. Your child should also wear clothes that can help minimize the impact of the sun.
Set Realistic Goals and Expectations
Putting too much pressure on your child to perform in the tournament a certain way can leave them feeling frustrated. If your child doesn’t do well, they may decide to give up golf entirely. Participating in a tournament should be seen as a way to help your child improve their skills and have fun with other golfers their own age. Building the skills and expertise needed to excel in golf tournaments will likely take your child many hours of practice and years of dedication, so each tournament should be seen as a building block towards improvement.