Women's golf is shining bright in the first week of April. Not only is the LPGA's ANA Inspiration held this week, the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur will present the women's game in a whole new way. The run up to the event has had me thinking about getting young girls, including my very own daughter, introduced to golf in the right way.
I had the chance to spend some time with our new Golf Advisor Living Correspondent Kira Kazantsev earlier this year, and her story in golf struck me as inspirational for women, but it seemed like somewhat of a cautionary tale. Kira will tell you she fell out of love with the sport as a teenager and put it down for a full 10 years before giving it another shot as an adult and getting the bug back.
As a dad interested in attracting my daughter to the sport, I wanted to pick her brain further in hopes of learning what we as dads can do to introduce our daughters to a sport that's not only fun but can open doors for a lifetime.
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Some topics from the conversation:
- Kira discusses her earliest memories of golf, dating back to a family vacation when she was just three years old!
- Her inability to make true golf buddies growing up besides her dad.
- We discuss what it's like for young girls growing up these days with social media and its negative and positive elements.
- How we can make golf feel like a normal thing to do among family and friends.
- What are some boneheaded or old-school things golf is still getting wrong when it comes to welcoming women.
I'd love to hear your tips and experiences in introducing your daughters to the sport (or maybe you're a daughter whose dad got it right!). I'd love to hear your tips in the comments below or find me on Twitter @brandontucker and be sure to follow Kira's travels on Instagram @KiraKazantsev or check out her very own podcast, What we do.