Where to Start- Beginner to Elite
Whether you are a parent of a junior starting out in golf or one who is on their way to becoming an elite player, knowing what to expect can help you prepare. This page gives you a brief explanation of what to expect as juniors advance in golf.
For the beginner junior-golfer the best way to start is in a group program. Group programs provide a fun, safe environment and are a place where juniors can form friendships with others. Group programs run during school terms and school holidays. For the beginner junior my program continues to provide the 6 core components and includes the following skills relevant to golf and general movement:
- Balance games
- Basic technical golf skills
- Developing social skills
Students learn and discover how to play shots through games and creative exercises. Throughout these sessions attention is brought to technical details as necessary to execute certain shots however it is not the main focus at this stage of learning. It is
important at this stage to be involved in other sports and activities outside golf to develop coordination, motor skills and spatial awareness.
When a student progresses to the intermediate stage, they are deemed ready for on course participation. This is vital for junior development as it is on the golf course is where they learn how to apply their skills. For the intermediate junior, my program continues to provide the 6 core components and includes:
- On course participation at a course length relevant to their skills level or age
- Application of basic rules and on course etiquette
- Obtaining an official G.A. handicap
- Entry into the member’s competition
- Entry into other junior competitions outside of the club
The social aspect of golf is very important considering most players in this category will go on to gain an official G.A handicap and be placed with members in club competitions. Developing social skills is an integral part of learning and development and ties in with the long term goal of becoming a well-rounded individual. At this stage it is recommended to be participating in other sports and activities outside of golf.
By the time a junior reaches the advanced stage they will have reduced their handicap significantly and be playing regularly in competitions. As well as playing regularly, proper practice and repetition will become the foundation for improvement.
At this stage, juniors may be:
- Playing in events outside of the club competition e.g. State and national ranking events and regional juniors events
- Representing their club in junior or major pennant teams
- Receiving individual coaching
- Beginning a personalised strength and conditioning program with a physiotherapist and fitness coaches
- Still involved in other sports outside of golf
An elite junior will be playing in State and National junior ranking events and be gaining points for state and national selection. Elite athletes need to be well rounded on and off the golf course and be working on the following areas:
- Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
To continue improvement, players at this stage must:
- Have a specific practice plan working around their strengths and development areas as they relate to scoring
- Be involved in a specific strength and conditioning program
- Include mental training in their routines
- Playing regularly in State and National ranking events.
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