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Name of Activity:

Golf Stations

Purpose of Activity:

To teach students to putt a golf ball using the correct form and to help them learn to adjust their aim and power to increase their accuracy.

Prerequisites:

It helps to have previously done stations, know to how to clean up, rotate and freeze on signal.

Suggested Grade Level:

3-5

Materials Needed:

12 golf putters (it's great if they are ambidexterous, you can use them with right or left handed students), scrap cardboard, polyspots (the kind with the ring around them), plastic cups, large sheets of paper (bulletin board size), lots of golf balls, cones, carpet squares, etc....

Description of Idea

Begin with an introduction to golf. Find some fun facts about recent tournaments, such as The Masters gives $1 million dollar to the winner. Talk about golf scholarships and how your college education could be paid for; talk about a local putt putt or a real course... Anything to peak the students' interest.

Explain the different parts of the club (head, grip, shaft). Model a proper putting stance and talk about having a swing similar to a pendulum in a grandfather clock, making a straight line all the way from your shoulders down to the end of your putter (do not break the wrist). Discuss the two things you need for a good putt (AIM and POWER). Go over golf etiquette, being quiet while someone is hitting/putting, explaining safety rules and procedures as well.

Stations:
General station Information: I set up each station twice so there is only 3-4 students per station to keep waiting time at a minimum. At each station I put a poly spot to putt from and then a "safety spot" behind that. Students may not leave the safety spot until the person in front of them finishes the hole. I also put a container of balls next to each spot. At each station you get three putts/chances to finish the hole and then move to the back of the line or on to the next station. To add to the fitness aspect, you may wish to have upbeat music playing and students who are waiting must jog in line unless they are practicing their putting stroke.

Station #1 - Uphill putting - students are putting uphill into a hole. You create the hole by cutting a rectangle of cardboard and cutting a hole in it. Then you place the hole over the plastic cup (you might need to cut the cup in half to make it the right height). Change the distance to the hole according to each grade. I like to make it tough because it makes it a bigger accomplishment when a student gets a hole in one.

Station #2 - Short Putt - place one of the polyspots with the ring around it near a wall for the target... discuss about the amount of POWER you need (very little) to get the ball to stay on the dot.

Station #3 - Cone putting - place three cones by the wall and have students putt to the cone, this should be a longer distance and you may want to designate that the ball has to stay within a certain distance from the cone after striking it, so that students don't putt the ball too hard.

Station #4 - Bullseye Putt - Draw a bullseye target on a big sheet of paper. Lay the paper on the floor. If you get a bullseye that's a hole in one (the ball must stay on the bullseye, if it rolls off its no good). Then make the outer rings worth points 1,2,3 or however many rings you have in your bullseye.

Station #5 - Drop-in Putt - Using a fairly thin carpet square, cut a hole out of the middle. Students will have to putt hard enough to get the ball over the edge of the carpet and the ball will 'fall' into the hole cut into the carpet.

Addition - after one week of putting we added a chipping station and had students chip yarn balls to hula hoops.

Assessment Ideas:

Stop the class and ask students to think about what they need to work on (Power or Aim). Tell them each shot should be better than the last because you can see what you need to tweak.
Example: If I hit it and it goes over the bullseye I need to change my power, but keep my aim the same.

We also gave any students that got a "hole in one" a WOW sticker at the end of class.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities

Larger Targets and shortened distances.

Submitted by Ben Landers who teaches at Lake Murray Elementary in Chapin, SC. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 5/28/2008.
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new york

you should have this occur as a field trip to a golf course to make it more fun and more challenging. we did it at our local course



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