When you think of enrolling your children in golf camp, you're probably picturing doing so during their summer vacation as a way to keep them busy and take advantage of the good weather. Golf camp during the winter might not be on your radar, but it should be — many golf schools offer winter golf camps, including those during the winter break, even in areas with cold climates. The key is that these camps take place under an inflatable dome, and while this isn't exactly the same as playing golf outside, there's lots of value in indoor golf camp. Here are some reasons to consider it.
It Promotes Year-Round Practice
When golfers live in areas with cold winters, it's easy for them to get rusty over the winter months. This is especially true for young golfers who haven't been perfecting their swings for long. After a winter layoff, your child may book a round of golf in the spring and struggle enough that he or she wishes to quit the sport. Taking part in a golf camp during the winter allows your child to keep his or her swing fresh, which is critical for young golfers.
It Encourages a Focus on the Fundamentals
Although winter golf camps can differ in their approach, you'll commonly find that many focus on driving the ball. While there may be some putting and other drills, the reality is that the size of the dome is smaller than the space available at a golf course, so children won't get to play through a hole. This can be valuable, though, as working on too many elements at once may be distracting. Driving the ball with the driver, woods, and even irons is integral to scoring well, and your children will benefit from hitting dozens of balls each day — including many under the direct supervision of camp counselors.
It's Less Physically Demanding
Some children may get tired when playing golf, and if their fundamentals aren't quite where they want them to be, it can be easy to quit. Another key advantage of indoor golf camp during the winter is that it's less physically tiring. The simple fact that the kids will be spending much of their time in a contained space allows them to concentrate on building their fundamentals without getting tired from a lot of walking. A golfer's swing can begin to suffer when he or she is tired, so feeling fresh while under the inflatable dome can be beneficial as your child refines his or her golf fundamentals.