This is readily evident in the world of golf. Every year companies roll out new $400 drivers that are supposed to be longer and straighter than last year's model. New irons that cost $1000 per set are released and marketed as the most forgiving or best feeling iron ever made by that particular company. Many golfers who decide to buy a new driver or new set of irons will be custom fit for them on a $20,000 simulator. As I mentioned above, whatever amount of money is spent the goal is the same: play better and enjoy the game more.
|Dakota & Mikey T. perfecting their putting strokes|
Many times I have been asked about the equipment we use at Ranken Jordan. People assume that because many of the kids are in wheelchairs or even hospital beds that we must use some type of adapted equipment that costs a fortune. This thinking is completely incorrect. The junior golfers use standard U.S. Kids golf clubs and do exceptionally well with them. Since we use standard golf clubs we have to use fancy, expensive training aids and targets, right? Nope, sorry. Inexpensive putting greens and pop up target nets are two of the favorite items for the kids to use. However last week we may have found one of the best training aids that led to some of the biggest smiles we have had.
|Cooper loves golf!|
This is one of the things we focus most on with our program (and if you have read many of my blog posts you know that). Each week we want the kids to have fun, improve their game, and want to play golf again. Along the way they enjoy the benefits golf brings as a healing tool both physically and emotionally. The game of golf is very powerful in this way and nowhere is it more evident than a pediatric hospital. The next time you think you are having a bad day do this: find a local pediatric hospital and take in some putters, golf balls, and styrofoam cups. Give the kids an hour of your time and show them the basics of putting. You will make a difference in the lives of the kids and the game of golf will make a difference in their lives. And along the way you will forget that you were having a bad day.