Both of the kids have played but my wife may reluctantly give in. Being a type A and highly competitive, she wants to be good right away so I am arranging lessons for her this summerY ) ***without me to view or comment). Wish us luck.
This is actually what made it tough for her to love the game, but it also got her hooked. She's a fairly active person and I'm always playing one sport or another. When she found my passion for golf and how much I enjoyed to play,she told me she'd like to try it. As a compromise I told her I'd fun her golf activities if she did indeed take to it (that has turned into a MISTAKE!!).
First year she got a set of off the shelf clubs. And we'd go out and hit around. She'd get SO MAD (she expected to be at least semi-proficient right out of the game). But she put up with it. The next year I got her a lesson or two which were unsuccessful. She didn't improve much at all.
Last summer I found out that my old high school health teacher is the local pro at one of our nicer courses here. So I scheduled a few lessons with him (he charges a single price for an hour no matter how many students you bring). He taught her from the ground up and would give me some help at the same time.
She made decent strides and ended up beating me a few rounds (sadly because I had 15 years of hacking at the ball, bad habits keep my score north of 100 regularly). By the end of the season with proper teaching we both had improved significantly (I broke 100 multiple times).
This year I told her we'd look into properly fitted gear for her. I also found another local teacher who has both indoor and outdoor teaching facilities and is a little more technology oriented (K-Vest / swing video / simulator). I liked his approach so I took the wife there.
Just one lesson and she made easily the largest leap in ability that I've seen. I think we're hooked on him. Just last night to prove the point about how equipment makes a difference at a certain point just due to quality , we were at the driving range last night and I handed my driver (too long, shaft is too stiff, etc) to her and had her choke down. Her first drive landed right around the distance where her own clubs would've finished rolling out. I told her to imagine how well she'd do with a club that actually fit her and had a bit more flex to it.
So needless to say we'll probably be scheduling a fitting for her soon and I have someone who will gladly play golf whenever.
Did I mention I told her I'd foot the bill from day 1? I refuse to go back and look at what I've spent on her half of this hobby so far!!