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Why youth should hit the driving range more often

Kids tend to gravitate toward sports like basketball, football and soccer, but they shouldn't pass up hitting the greens from time to time. While youth enjoy fast-paced athletics, golf can be a beneficial sport to learn for their future.

"You're boss isn't going to ask you when's the next time you can shoot hoops," Tom Palmgren, head golf coach at NYU Polytech and president and founder of the Harlem Golf Academy, told kids he was instructing. "He's going to ask you when you can play golf."  

Golf is a corporate game, and youth can use their skills to their advantage for networking and career building. Learning the basics at a young age, such as how to grip the club, where to hit and aim the ball, and how to position the body, can prove to be an essential tool when it's time to mingle with business partners and employers.

Heading to the fairways is also a great way to get children to unplug and enjoy the outdoors. While other sports provide this type of escape, golf's leisurely pace is a welcomed change from the hustle of modern life.

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