Hello Aspiring Junior Golfer (And their Parents and Coaches),
Here’s the truth as I know it:
There was a time for juniors when playing good golf was good enough…
Boy, how times have changed!
If you’re like most junior golfers, your goals include playing and winning in local tournaments, in AJGA, IJGT or other junior tour events, getting a college scholarship, and may even dream of one day playing on the professional tours.
In order to play to your peak potential in todays ultra-competive junior golf scene, you NEED to seriously address EVERY aspect of your training… or your competitors will – and the result will likely be that you get beaten by golfers who have less talent and skill than you do.
Having worked with aspiring competitive junior golfers for over 13 years, these are the most common (and frustrating) complaints that I hear from them and their parents/coaches:
- Lack of distance off the tee… and hitting long irons into the green
- Always feeling tight in some area of the body… how and when to stretch?
- Being too flexible… unable to stabilize and generate power
- Anxiety… either before the round and/or in high stake situations
- Fatigue in the latter part of a round… should I eat or drink something?
- The pressure of being a kid… both on and off the course
- Lapses in concentration and motivation… leading to inconsistent performance
- When should my son or daughter begin strength training?
- My junior complains of aching joints… what can be done about it?
- Are we pushing our kids too hard… will they burn out?
These are all valid issues and concerns.
The problem is that almost no one is addressing them, as they relate specifically to junior golfers!
And if I have learned anything in my many years as a Junior Golf Performance Coach, it is this…
Juniors are NOT just smaller versions of adult golfers!
Now, here is what I mean by that…
There are distinct differences in the way an adult golfer should train, eat and mentally prepare for a round, compared to his 13 year old son or daughter.
And it is precisely these differences that can make or break the budding career of a junior golfer.
Just as one example:
Did you know that through extensive studies, it has been determined that there are optimal “windows of opportunity” in regards to training specific elements of a junior athlete?
By “elements” I am referring to Stamina, Strength, Speed, Skill, and Mobility.
If a junior athlete misses these windows, their overall potential in each area is compromised… there is a “ceiling” on how much they can improve.
But it gets even more complex than that….
For example, the junior boys “windows” for speed are ages 7-9 and 13-16.
BUT, we are NOT talking about chronological age…. instead we need to track the biological (or developmental) age.
That means that your son or daughter may actually be primed for a specific element of training before or after some of their friends who are the “same age”. We actually have to track growth spurts and then adjust the specifics of training accordingly.
Now, I’m not throwing all of this nerdy exercise science around to impress you, but rather to impress upon you, the vital importance of addressing not only your aspiring junior golfer as part of a group of young athletes, but as an individual.
In my view, it doesn’t matter if your junior just wants to make the high school team, or has aspirations of winning The Masters. They deserve to take advantage of the latest research and knowledge in order to play to their peak potential, stay injury-free, and ENJOY themselves.
That’s why the Renegade Golf Team and I have developed...
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