Questions are a natural part of anything involving children. Juniors are naturally inquisitive and tend to ask about anything and everything imaginable. Many times the question will simply be "why?" and you feel as if you will never give an acceptable answer! Other times the question will be more in depth and you will try to figure out how to give an acceptable answer. The golf clinics at Ranken Jordan are no different as the junior golfers are always throwing questions at us. Often the questions are the same as what would be heard in any other junior golf program at the thousands of golf facilities around the country.
"How do I hit it farther?"
"Why didn't the ball fly straight?"
"Do you know Tiger Woods?"
"What do you mean I have to hit something other than a driver?"
"How can I keep playing golf when I leave the hospital?"
"Will you help me find the right golf clubs and play golf with me when I go home?"
"Can my dad come watch because he said he never thought he would see me hit a golf ball?"
"How can I play golf from a wheelchair?"
"I want to keep practicing; can't therapy wait?"
The best part of all the questions that are asked is that the inquisitiveness about the game comes from a real interest and enjoyment in what they are doing. Each of these junior golfers genuinely enjoys having the opportunity to learn to play golf and sees that their medical condition won't keep them from this great game. As I have mentioned numerous times in several different blog posts a pediatric hospital is not the first place many would think a junior golf program can be successful. The 1,400+ kids we have seen in the past 2 1/2 years prove otherwise. Golf is a great healing tool and in our program it is utilized as such.