Junior Golf: There’s Always One

In today’s Wednesday Waggle we will take note that every time your daughter plays in a tournament there will always be 1 player in her group that presents a unique situation that has the potential to negatively impact your daughter’s game.img_0102

Let’s talk about golf skills and how players can manifest them. For instance on #1 tee 1 of your girl’s playing partners crushes her drive. I mean the ball sounded different off the clubface and it flew past all the other drives. This has now, depending on your daughter’s level of golf maturity, become a test for her. Yes a test to see how well she stays focused on her own game and not be thinking about how far the other girl hits the ball. (Dufner photo golfdigest.com)

There is always somebody who hits the ball a mile. In S3’s college tournaments a couple of guys will hit 20-30 yards past the rest of the field. A look at their fairways hit stats at the end of the round will tell you how meaningful those bombs are.

There is sometimes a girl who hits her approaches closer than everyone else. But can she putt?
Then there’s the girl who seems to make every putt. Practicing 5-foot putts, at least 50 at a time is 1 of the best ways ever to lower a golf score. I can only remember 2 times in the last 8 years that S3 wasn’t the guy making all the putts in his group and it was because he did not practice his putting enough the week prior to the event. There are a number of putting aides for sale from about $20.00-120.00. Find 1 that fits your budget and buy it. This is 1 of the best things you can ever do to help her improve her scores.

Then we have the amazing chipper, every 1 within a foot. And the girl with the most unusual swing ever who seems to get the ball in the hole. How does she even make contact? (photo articles.baltimoresun.com)

Marathon Classic - Round Two

What does all this mean? Your daughter must stay focused on being herself, not get caught up with the other player’s games and reset herself on hitting a great next shot. This is tough but parents you can be a big help. Even the pros will tell you they get tired of seeing the other guy hit every drive in the middle of the fairway. Keeping her mind in the proper mode is 1 of the greatest challenges in all sports, not just golf. Understand and respect how tough it is. Your daughter may begin to question her ability: How can I compete with her, I can’t hit it that far, I can’t putt like that, etc. Don’t let that mindset get a hold on her. Remember your contact during most tournaments is extremely limited so this must be worked on prior to her contest.

Opportunities to be distracted during a round of golf are everywhere. From butterflies, turtles and fish for the little-bitties to somebody bombing drives and making every putt for the bigger kids, it is easy to lose focus. And that is not helpful for playing good golf.

See you on #1 tee looking focused… Sam

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