ABOVE ALL ELSE, KEEP IT POSITIVE!
Golf is difficult, and that can be the case even before you tee off. Pushing a tee in the ground and setting a ball on it isn't so easy the first few times. So give your juniors the short tees: They're easier to use, plus their driver heads aren't as big. I've given a lot of high-fives for the simple act of teeing a ball. (Be sure to celebrate with them every chance you get.)
When it comes to giving kids swing advice, avoid criticism. If you keep the directions simple and use drills that give instant feedback -- like the sponge drills or the ponytail finish -- they'll get it without you saying a word. That keeps it fun, which is what they need from you most of all.
John Elliott Jr., one of Golf Digest's 50 Best Teachers, is based at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club in Ocala, Fla. Students shown: Pam McFarlane, 13; Juliet McFarlane, 10; and Heather Proctor, 17.