Teaching Kids Golf

About the Author

Terry Isaacson is a published author with three full-length novels and three books on teaching kids golf. His new book, a 51-page playbook on putting, is the latest addition to his Teaching Kids Golf series.

Terry's experience as a teacher and coach come from ten years as an instructor pilot in the U.S. Air Force and seven years coaching intercollegiate football, two as a Graduate Assistant at Florida State University and five years coaching football at the Air Force Academy. After a season as Head Coach of the Junior Varsity team, Terry joined Ben Martin's staff to coach the receivers one year and the backs/quarterbacks for his final two seasons. 

Terry's experience and knowledge of golf come from playing the game for 62 years, both competitively and recreationally. He also worked with the golf staff and other teaching professionals on seven Junior Golf Camps at Pinetop Country Club in Pinetop, Arizona. The annual  PTCC Junior Golf Camp includes three days of golf instruction covering safety, etiquette, putting, chipping, basic iron shots, and swinging the driver. The last day of the camp gives the kids an opportunity to play as many holes of golf as they can in an hour and a half --under the watchful eye of their parents or grandparents.

Terry's new book - Teaching Kids Golf: Putting Lessons for a Lifetime - is a playbook with drills, games, tips, techniques, and basic instruction on putting fundamentals emphasized throughout the playbook. You can order softcover copies by clicking on the photo to the right or the following link:    https://www.amazon.com/Teaching-Kids-Golf-Putting-Lifetime/dp/1543146457/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1494077646&sr=1-3&keywords=teaching+kids+golf


Other books in Terry's Teaching Kids Golf series -- Tips for Thomas and Teaching Kids Golf: An Interactive iBook for Kids Six to Thirteen; For Parents and Grandparents, Too -- are available by following the links below. 

Tips for Thomas (2011)

A book on golf written for the author's grandson, with the hope that it would inspire him to play the great game of golf. It is available online at the following link:


Teaching Kids Golf (2014)

This book features instruction from golf professionals with embedded videos, widgets, and end-of-chapter questions. Written primarily for younger golfers, the tips and techniques are useful for golfers of all ages.

Available through the Apple iBookstore at the following link:


For more information about the author and his novels, check out Terry's website at: www.terryisaacson.com

Highlights of the Playbook

Teaching Kids Golf: Putting Lessons for a Lifetime

The playbook includes five lessons featuring putting drills, games, tips, techniques, scoresheets, and areas for making notes.

Lesson 1: Putting Fundamentals

Seven fundamentals are explained and then reemphasized throughout the playbook. By completing each of the lessons in sequence, the kids will know all seven fundamentals and how they are used on a variety of putts.

Lesson 2: Short Putts

The instruction starts at the hole and focuses on making short putts, which the playbook defines as putts three feet or less.

Lesson 3: Makable Putts

Makable putts are putts from a distance of three to fifteen feet. The kids learn how to pick a specific aim point and follow a routine on every makable putt. The diagram shown above shows aim points relative to the hole, which is represented by the large black circle. The dotted circles represent a ball. So, Aim Point #6 is called "One ball left."

Lesson 4: Long Putts

By the time the golfer gets to this lesson, all seven fundamentals should be well understood. For putts longer than fifteen feet, distance control becomes the most important factor. The drills and games require a longer putting stroke, and the objective is to make sure the ball stops close to the hole.  

Lesson 5: Putting from Off the Green

The final lesson in the playbook covers putting from off the green. For most kids and beginners, the recommendation is to putt whenever you can.  

Two-foot Circle Drill

Author demonstrates the Two-foot Circle Drill. This short putt drill emphasizes picking a specific aim point for each putt, knowing that it will change as you move around the circle. You're working on aligning the putter face and your body with the line of putt. Make a short stroke with nice tempo, keeping the putter face square straight-back and straight-through the hitting zone. Repeat the routine and make all ten putts.

Three-foot Circle Drill

Author demonstrates the Three-foot Circle Drill, an excellent drill for working on short putts. In this drill, we're working primarily on consistency in a short putting stroke. Pick an aim point and line of putt ... lineup your putter face and body square to the line of putt ... make a short stroke with nice tempo, keeping the putter face square going straight-back and straight-through the hitting zone. Move to the next ball , adjust aim point for difference in slope, and hole the next putt.

Six-foot (Same Putt) Drill

Terry demonstrates the Six-foot (Same Putt) Drill. The purpose of the drill is to work on alignment, setup, sight picture, and the putting stroke. Knowing the break and aim point, you can set the putter face square to line of putt and make a nice straight-back, straight-through stroke. 

Double Ladder Drill

Terry demonstrates a drill that features ten putts requiring adjustments for both direction and distance on each consecutive putt. Two ladders with five balls spaced at 2, 3, 6, 8, and 10 feet. All putting fundamentals are needed to complete this drill successfully.

Long Putt Game at Junior Camp

This video clip taken during putting games contest at the annual Pinetop Country Club Junior Camp.

Teaching Kids Golf Programs

The First Tee

The First Tee is a wonderful program for young kids interested in golf. Not only do the kids learn golf from dedicated teaching professionals, they learn about core values that will serve them well in everything they do.

For more information on the nationwide program, check out The First Tee's website by clicking on the photo to the left.


U.S. Kids Golf

U.S. Kids Golf offers a wide range of programs and products specifically for kids of all ages. Check out their website at the link below for a complete presentation of their corporate philosophy, coaches and training programs, tournament opportunities, and golf equipment for kids, including clubs, balls, shoes -- everything you need for kids to start playing golf.


Arizona Junior Golf Programs


Junior Golf in Arizona -- Opportunities Are Unlimited -- All Year Long

Arizona Junior Golf

Opportunities abound for junior golfers who are ready to test their skills in competition and officially-sanctioned events. Arizona Junior Golf sponsors in-school instruction at many schools and after-school instruction at golf facilities in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Check out the link below for complete details.


Junior Golf Association of Arizona

The JGAA is the parent organization for junior golf programs located throughout the State of Arizona. Click on the link below to check out the locations and facilities that have sanctioned JGAA programs and activities. The Arizona Junior Golf icon to the left on this page shows an example of these opportunities. 


Teaching Kids Golf Sites

Sue Wieger Golf Academy

Sue Wieger is an LGPA golf professional with a best-selling book -- GOLF: The Last Six Inches. Change Your Brain--Change Your Game -- on her long list of accomplishments. Her approach to teaching and coaching golfers of all ages is impressive and refreshing. Check it out by visiting her website at the following link:


The Silverado Junior Golf Program

The Silverado Golf and Resort in Napa, California, offers an impressive array of golf programs for kids. From the Little Novice program for kids aged 2- to 6-years old to Junior Golf Academies for Girls and Boys, Silverado has the full spectrum for teaching kids golf.