The Journey from
Junior Golf to College to The Masters
Help make it happen for your Junior Golfer!
Getting to the Masters Tournament is a high ambition to
instill in your child, but with plenty of hard work, practice and support from
you, nothing is out of reach!
Teach your junior golfer about being trustworthy and
responsible, even when they may struggle on the course. "No carding"
is a big deal, and you don't want a note like that placed on your junior
golfer's tournament record. Teach your child to stick with the sport and not to
quit even when it's tough, and most importantly, to always turn in a scorecard
even when they aren't satisfied with how they did.
Check out some notes from Junior Golf Scoreboard's Mac
Thayer and Twitter fans about no carding
When your junior golfer starts high school, academics and
earning a college scholarship to play golf is top priorities. Make sure your
high schooler stays on track, but don't be too overbearing. Your golfer will
need to learn to work on their own for college, and recruiters know how to spot
players with parents who are too overly involved. Brush up on our college scholarship tips for more
ways to help your junior golfer further their golf career!
Take your junior golfer on a trip to the Masters
Tournament. There's nothing better than seeing the biggest names in golf in
action! Also, the junior golfer should learn to play on different golf courses,
check out herefor some of the many golf courses in
Encourage your young golfers to engage in conversation
with their competitors, and form friendships at tournaments. Sportsmanship is
especially important for the pros. Every year the past Masters Champions get
together at the Masters Champions Dinner – a great example of building
camaraderie during a competition. Each year at the Masters, the previous year's
winner has the honor of choosing this year's dinner menu. Learn more about this
tradition and the menus at cable.tv.
Every parent wants to see their child succeed – help
guide your junior golfer and they just might earn a college scholarship or a
spot at the Masters!
Author: Lamar Hull is an avid golfer and writer for Cable.tv. Lamar spends
most of his time writing and playing golf and basketball. Lamar loves to
provide golfing tips and drills.
When Playing in Bad Weather
Growing up in Britain, as I did, you get used to playing in bad weather. It's a routine matter, often changing every couple of hours, so golfers play in it.
Even if you're lucky enough to live in a warm weather state, you will still have the occasional round, or club tournament, that falls on a poor weather day. For those who live up north, trying to squeeze in a few rounds in spring or fall will create some weather related challenges.
The types of conditions we are referring to are cold, wet, and wind, or possibly a combination. Of these the most common is wind, and it's arguably the most challenging.
The first, AND MOST IMPORTANT step is getting over the mental challenge. This involves lowering your scoring expectations. If you doubt this look in to scoring averages on the PGA Tour when it is very windy, the scoring average goes way up.
The other big metal barrier is to embrace the challenges of the day, and relish it. Playing in strong wind, or other adverse conditions, requires being much more creative with your club selection, course strategies, and modifying your stance and swing to fit the given shot.
This is why it can be a lot of fun, creativity keeps things fresh and interesting.
Again though, if your expectations are unreasonably high and you fail to be creative and make adjustments you will struggle, and likely won't enjoy it.
Lets deal with these three conditions separately. Cold weather is a lot about preparations and equipment choices.
Today's technology offers some light weight, breathable types of garments that allow you to layer but maintain the ability to swing relatively freely. It is also vital in cold weather to factor in that the ball will not travel as far as it normally would. This happens for several reasons, a cold ball doesn't compress as easily, a cold body is not as mobile, and the extra clothing further limits mobility.
Wet weather is similar. Dress accordingly, and do anything necessary to keep your equipment dry. Also, play conservatively. A wet ball, club, and soggy ground make it more challenging to control the flight of your shots.
As I said earlier, most common condition we face is wind.
There are several keys here. Vary your club selection considerably in a strong wind. A tour pro that hits their 7 iron about 175 yards may drop to anything from a 4 iron to a pitching wedge in to or against a lot of wind. Amateurs rarely adjust more than a single club.
In a cross wind don't just play for the amount of curve you anticipate, but remember that after the ball lands it will roll sideways, especially on the green. This applies to chips and pitches as well.
Lastly, balance is harder to maintain in the wind, so swing at pace that fosters good balance.
Work on these principles, and remember to have fun when you face these playing conditions!
Adam Bazalgette is a teaching professional that grew up in London, England, where he learned to play golf. Adam has been teaching the game of golf to all skill levels since 1992. Adam worked for David Leadbetter and in 1994 was promoted to the Director of the Leadbetter's Naples facility. Adam currently holds the position as Director of golf at The Club at Mediterra in Naples Florida.
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Golf has long been a civilised, noble and
respectable sport.It breeds a calm and serene
personality, and encourages forward thinking and concentration.Who wouldn’t want these traits to be features
of their children’s character?These
benefits are all by products of an enjoyable and healthy way to stay fit and
active, whilst having more than a little fun also.I personally think that this all comes
together to make a good case for getting your kids into golf at an early
age.They’ll thank you for it someday.
Golf and Crazy Golf
These activities seem custom designed to
achieve this purpose.Crazy golf will be
an instant access for a young child; with loops and bright colours, squirting
water and moving parts.Crazy golf
requires timing and ingenuity to master and it’s a great way to start close
range putting.Don’t expect a great surface,
but expect a great day.
Mini golf should be considered as a natural
graduation from its wackier little brother.Mini golf does away with a lot of the parts of the course considered
more ‘fun’ or ‘crazy’ and instead opts for more skill and golfing know-how.Curves and hills are introduced in a
strategic sense, rather than for enjoyment.Many mini golf courses are now also featuring an artificial turf
equivalent of ‘rough,’ in which you incur a penalty for entering.This is a good way to highlight the horror of
disappointment when landing in the rough!
This is probably the first real chance that
kids will get to taste what real golf can be like.A lot of towns and cities now have Pitch ‘n’
Putt courses, open to beginners and veterans alike.These are almost always non-membership (pay
to play) courses which offer a scale more similar to that of a real course, but
with the gentle learning curve and recreational feel.The name comes simply from the two types of
clubs that you are loaned whilst playing; one for pitching and one for
putting.This is a good way to teach
your children the basics of selecting a club and how to use them.The other players are often patient, and it’s
polite to let a waiting group pass you if they are in smaller numbers or are
clearly better players.Breeding this
golfing etiquette into children is key if they hope to one day play on
Set Of Clubs
When the big day comes and you feel that
your kids are ready for a real course, you’ll want to celebrate by buying them
their first set of clubs.Each
manufacturer produces different types of clubs and professionals will be able
to pick up on the minute differences.But for a beginner, you should opt in buying them an all-in-one set from
a medium level brand.Go for the hybrid
irons and avoid being talked into the big brand names.By all means dream of your kids appreciating
the difference between a set of Callaways and Clevelands, but don’t waste your
money on it.That day will come eventually,
and you’ll feel the dent in your wallet when it does!
To Step On To The Course
This is a big point.Golf courses are exclusive sites and you want
to keep the proprietors and other players happy.Don’t take your kids on unless they can drive
the ball well.A waiting party will
quickly grow impatient if they see amateurs in front of them, taking up their
time.Teach your children of a driving
range, and then you can teach them putting at home.An 18-hole course will feel like a very long
day if you keep hitting turf.
The most important thing is to have
fun.Golf is a sport, after all.Teach your kids and guide them well, and
you’ll likely find that they’ll soon be carried away by the passion of it.Even likelier is that they’ll be giving you a
handicap before long.
Colin Knight is an avid golfer and father
of two budding (and soon to be better) golfing sons.He currently works for Belmont
Lodge, a beautiful 3 star golf hotel on the riverside in Herefordshire.