Golf is the ultimate metaphor for life! Each round presents us with the opportunity to set a goal, enact a plan, feel the thrill of propelling the ball through the air, and then seeing how well we deal with possibly NOT getting what we want!
Nowhere in life can a young individual learn so much about the world, themselves and others as they do on a golf course. This is the contention of Nike Junior Camp Director, Jeff Ritter, Author of the new book “Your Kid Ate a Divot! Eighteen Life Lessons From the Links.”
Ritter’s book includes valuable lessons in: Having a dream, attitude, patience, authenticity and effective learning, all of which become part of the experience he delivers to campers who attend his Nike Junior Golf programs. “We are all on the ‘Hero’s Journey,’ says Ritter and golf is the perfect vehicle for inspiring a child to believe they deserve to experience and live an extraordinary life! I want my campers to get the best coaching possible, but the greatest golf lesson is one which also delivers a message on how to live more powerfully! I never miss an opportunity to share how an experience on the links can help a kid become more confident off the golf course as well!”
The book is perfect for adults and children alike and has some heavy hitters hailing it’s benefits. With a foreword from Golf Digest Magazine and endorsements from Ben Crenshaw and “Chicken Soup for the Soul” co-author Mark Victor Hansen, Ritter’s golf based “life lessons” appears to be a smash hit!
Ritter believes that the coaching is not just up to the instructor and encourages parents to get more involved with their child’s golf game as well. “The best thing a parent can do, is continually encourage their children to fully enjoy their time at the golf course. This begins with something as simple as having them participate in a positive post round routine. Following the round ask your child, what they enjoyed most or did best? Get them in the habit of remembering their successes and fun moments first. From there, ask them what was the day’s lesson? Every round has a lesson, some are technical and some are emotional. Encourage them to create an awareness of the shots they can improve and the attitudes that will help them have even more fun. Encourage them to practice. Listen and support all that they do!”
Ritter has spent 10 years with Nike Junior Golf. He runs programs each summer in the Phoenix, Arizona and Lake Geneva Nike Camp locations.
For more information on how to attend, visit http://www.ussportscamps.com/
You can find Jeff Ritter’s book at http://www.jeffritterbooks.com/