Kids and Juniors
Spend quality father-daughter time through golf
By Brian Bain, PGA
Golf creates the space for father-daughter communication and learning life's skills.Getty Images
As my daughter left her single digits and headed toward her teens, our relationship changed.
Suddenly there were so many other competing influences and interests. Friends, sports and school work all moved up in priority as Daddy-Daughter time dropped.
Like many parents, I am actively involved in all of these parts of her life as much as possible: attending her soccer games, volunteering at the school, and opening our house to her friends for hangouts. But something was missing. These were my daughter’s activities and I was more of an observer than a fellow participant.
Then we headed to the local golf course, and it all changed.
Our first few trips consisted of 5 minutes of putting and 10 minutes of her whiffing on the range. However, we were both there laughing together at her many failed attempts, and high-fiving on those good hits and when the ball found the bottom of the hole. After a few sessions, we ventured out on the golf course during twilight hours for three holes. It is great to share the shots together, but what really makes it special is the talking between shots and after the round.
Golf has been a wonderful way for this dad to really reconnect with his daughter. I cannot imagine a better way to spend time with my (not so) little girl.
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Brian Bain, PGA
PGA Regional League Manager
Brian is a member of the PGA of America and has been coaching golfers for over 20 years. His singular purpose with any student is improving their overall performance on the golf course by adopting a long term focus on their entire game including the physical conditioning and mental aspects of the player. In addition, Brian was the New England PGA 2006, 2009 & 2010 Player Development Award winner and the 2011 National PGA Player Development Award winner for extraordinary and exemplary contributions and achievements in the area of player development. Brian also won the 2008 New England PGA Youth Player Development award which is designed to pay recognition to a PGA golf professional who is a leader in junior golf, reflects the qualities and ideals of those who work with our nation’s youth, and provides opportunities and experiences for juniors to learn and play golf. Brian was named a 2008 Master Kids Coach by U.S. Kids Golf in the very first class, this recognition is to honor instructors for their ongoing efforts in growing the game of golf among kids. These individuals have earned the distinction of Master Kids Coach by winning the Top 50 Kids Coach Award three times. Being named a Master Kids Coach is the highest honor an instructor can receive from U.S. Kids Golf.