Thursday, 22 September 2016

A fun afternoon with Online Golf

Our first blogging event had me a bit apprehensive, why?

Well.....

1. Me, myself and I had to drive down the motorway!! Not a biggie for some but MASSIVE for me!
2. This was our first ever blogging event so i wasn't sure what to expect.
And 3, i know absolutely NOTHING about golf!

So imagine my surprise at getting myself and 2 kids to Leeds in one piece. We arrived (a few minutes late might i add) for Online Golf (here) #OGgetkidsintogolf event.

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I was expecting tartan pants and those jumpers without the sleeves but what greeted us was a very smartly set up room with mini golfing games that i knew my kids would love!



My eldest daughter, Amy-Lee, couldn't wait to have a go of the games but i knew once it all started, that my youngest, Lily-May who isn't even 2 would want a go.....SO you can imagine my surprise when one of the team actually took the time to show her what to do and hit the ball. 
I have to give him HUGE credit.
 He took the time to talk to her, as he did with all the other children, about what type of club she had, how to position her feet and everything, bearing in mind that she isn't even 2 and she probably didn't understand a word he was saying to her. He was patient with her the whole time and we were all very shocked at just how close she was to a hole in one!!


So off the group went around the 4 hole course, giggles and laughter a plenty with a hole in one for a few of the kids, they all seemed to really like it. 
The next game was a 10 pin bowling set up. Knock the pins down, if at all possible to score the highest score, easier said than done but very fun!



Next and my favourite..... hit your ball and aim for the rings to earn your points, speed and accuracy was a must in this game. Hit it too hard and your ball came back, hit it too gently and your ball didn't get very far. I think this was the one game where the kids needed more than one go or they just loved it as much as i did!




The final game was like a chip and put game. 4 baskets with a score for each were mounted on a wall and the aim, get your golf ball into the basket....YEP totally harder than it sounds! Until a pro shows you how....think he got all his in!!



After working up an appetite it was time for lunch. A lovely spread of sandwiches, chips, fruit and drinks (much more than i expected!)

With the kids and adults fed and watered it was time for a couple of competitions
An adults game of chip and put
and the kids was the score hoop game........and to add to the tension we had 2 kids with tied scores so we had an extra game to find a winner..........and the winner was......
AMY-LEE from A Blogs Life!!!!




Yep, my child who has only played mini golf in her whole life won herself a set of Wilson golf clubs and caddy courtesy of Online Golf :D

If you kids are thinking of taking up Golfing here are some helpful tips from our experts from the day....

Mat

Watching The Open, Ryder Cup and The Masters on TV as a sports-mad boy, I loved the excitement of the final round and watching players like Ballesteros who was always so exciting to watch.

I didn’t play golf until I was much older, but the challenge, thrill and excitement of slowly getting better as I played more and more was really addictive!

It’s really challenging but great fun, and a great social activity if you play with a group of friends.


Matt

I first started playing golf around the age of 13, I wish I had started playing earlier but I was already playing for a junior football team during the winter and then cricket during the summer. I think I first became interested in golf after watching The Masters Tournament on TV like many people. I began honing my skills in the garden in the months after, not in a conventional way mind you. I practised using an old badminton racket and a table tennis ball. I bought books and magazines and read about the game and pestered my Mum about wanting golf clubs.

My pestering must have worked because I received a couple of irons for my birthday. In those days you could buy individual irons and build up to a full set. My first clubs were Wilson Staff Sam Snead Blue Ridge irons. Looking back, they were tiny heads compared to the starter sets/clubs we sell today. I can still vividly recall the first time I ventured up to my local 9-hole golf course to hit shots on the practice ground. After a few swings with my 9 iron I managed to get the ball airborne....and I was hooked. Golf has now been part of my life ever since, playing with friends, in societies in my local pub and with colleagues since I started working in the industry. I don't play all the time, just a few times a month if I can.

Golf is one of the hardest games invented, it teaches you many life lessons. It teaches your patience, perseverance, honesty, integrity and how in life you have to take the rough with the smooth. Seldom do you reach perfection on the golf course, and if you do you have to start all over again the next day as no round is ever the same. It's a game that can be played by the young and old and the handicap system gives you a chance against better players. No other sport does.

Unfortunately, I don't have any children of my own but here's how I'd introduce them to the game.

I'd sit down with them and watch The Masters/tournament with them, talking about the game throughout

If they show an interest, I'd buy them a set of junior clubs and take them up the range to hit some balls with me at weekends.

If they caught the golf bug I'd pay for lessons with a well-respected PGA Professional.

I would ensure they practiced as often as possible, making sure they pay attention to putting and chipping as well as developing their swing on the range.

As their game developed I'd ensure that they had the correct clubs for their game. Ensuring the clubs are fitted to them. Golf is hard enough, using the wrong equipment only makes it harder.

Golf is a fantastic game, a great leveller, gets you out in the fresh air whilst taking in the beautiful surroundings. It enables you to build wider social circles which helps in both business and pleasure in future life.


Jerome

Golf is enjoyable for me, because it promotes concentration, precision and competition against yourself to bring the best out of you.
The environment is also great because you’re surrounded by nature and depending on the season and time of the day you decide to go and play, the landscape changes and you can contemplate the nature around you. It is a reflective sport in this aspect.

I think it helps kid focus, be more precise and learn to canalise their energy toward one specific goal/target.


David

What I liked about golf when I first started playing

       I liked seeing the players and had my favourites along with their Brands. I still love Wilson as Nick Faldo used them when I was young
       There were interesting televised Pro/Am things to watch
       I loved all the different equipment in the Pro shops and Driving Ranges

Why golf is an enjoyable sport for me

       Ability to play with my Dad and Brother
       Could practice on my own so didn’t rely on others
       I could see my own improvement

Why I think golf is a great sport for kids

       Great at teaching social skills as you interact with all types of people
       It’s active
       It takes a good amount of time so keeps them busy!



All in all we had a fun afternoon with Online Golf (as well as Amy-Lee gatecrashing Carl from A Blokes Eye View interview *laughs * its ok we know him!) 


as well as us winning the fab Golf Club set and a super goodie bag with golfing treats inside, thank you for having us!!






*All thoughts and photos are our own.

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