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Here’s a cool golf lead-up activity that will delight your students and introduce them to basic golf skills.

Here’s a great golf lead-up activity that we have used successfully with our students! This activity is used after several days of skill instruction and readiness of each individual class. In “Eagle-Eye Golf,” the students play a 9-hole course set-up around the school’s athletic fields. We use a cone to mark the “tee box,” a hula hoop (hole), and a bike flag to mark our targets. Each cone has a numbered sign that corresponds to the number on each flag.

The students are divided into groups of 3-4 players and assigned to a starting hole. The students start at the numbered cone and hit a restricted-flight ball (Caymen) or a small whiffle ball. A student holes-out by having the ball either hit the hoop, land inside the hoop, or hit the flag. The ball does not need to land and stay in the hoop to count. It counts as long as the ball lands in the hoop before bouncing out.

We were able to alert our parents to donate their old golf clubs through e-mails, our school newsletter, and announcements in our physical education classes. In the past, we’ve played this activity with whiffle balls, BIG-E golf balls (oversized), and Caymen balls (restricted-flight), depending on the skill levels of our students. Our local golf club has also provided us with tournament posters announcing our 2-day “Eagle-Eye Golf” tournament.

As in most things we do in physical education, we constantly remind students of “Safety First.” For example, we keep each “tee box” far away from the hula hoop target. Also, if students appear not to have the golfing skills to be both safe and successful, you can have them use a Frisbee in lieu of golf equipment. If you’re on a limited budget, try purchasing hoops at the Dollar Store and bike flags at your local Walmart (about $5) or you can make your own flags. We have also used field paint to mark out circles when hula hoops could not be used.

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