Are you a “Daddy Caddy”? What does that even mean? Well, here goes… there is a philosophy and a set of values that I believe are important. These come together in themes to form the essence of what it means to be a Daddy Caddy.
I’ll be posting these themes here for general discussion, and I’ll begin with this one:
Golf should be fun.
I don’t mean that every moment on the practice range must be fun, and I know that not every moment on the course is fun. However, on balance, the game must be fun – both for us and for our kids. Why else would we do it? So, while you are out there, ask yourself periodically “am I having fun?” “Is my child enjoying him/herself?” Think of times that were not fun and how you got through them. I’ll give you one.
Last week at the US Kids Holiday Classic, my son was in a foul mood during the first round, and was upset at nearly everything. He was angry after making a fantastic par save from a greenside bunker (“should have been on the green with a birdie putt, dad.”) I’ll confess that I threatened to take him off the course if he kept it up. We were not having fun.
I tried to put it into perspective – the importance of a par and being thankful for making the most of a bad situation. He hung in there and finished the round even par. After the round we discussed it at length and emphasized the importance of his attitude. Isn’t golf about 99.9% mental, at least once the mechanics are there?
The next day he acted like the best model golfer I have ever seen, handling things like a tour pro and never getting rattled. His game reflected his attitude, and he shot 2-under par and won his age group. It was great fun. Connection?
I’ll give you another one… unfortunately, most are examples of kids definitely NOT having fun. Like the boy whose father pinched him during a practice round at Pinehurst. We saw nothing wrong, other than the boy wasn’t playing his best. Was he having any fun? Why would he want to come back to the golf course?