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Junior Golf: Tough Golf Courses

In this Monday Mulligan we will take a look at a tough golf course. Any course can be difficult if your daughter is not playing well, but the facts are some courses are just tougher than others.img_0135

Yesterday Adam Scott won the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral in Miami, Florida. The Doral has been nicknamed the Blue Monster for years and there’s a ton of legitimate reasons for this moniker. The pros played at just over 7500 yards and that’s a lot of yards! There is water seemingly everywhere, lots of big sand traps and large undulating greens.

The field of 66 players included the Top 50 in the World Golf Rankings plus additional entrants from specific events and competitions. The point being that everyone in this championship had great rankings and credentials. 1 nice perk to playing in the event and finishing, no matter your score, is that there is no 36-hole cut and last place is guaranteed $50,000, not bad for a week’s work.

So imagine how Steven Bowditch felt after 3 rounds of 81, 80 and 80, putting him in last place. Still he had $50,000 waiting for him if he just played his final 18-holes on Sunday, which he did, carding an 84 to finish at the back of the pack. How can he play this poorly? He is the 2014 winner of the Valero Texas Open at The Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio, 1 of the toughest courses on the whole PGA Tour. How is Doral eating his lunch?

It’s easy to speculate and get lost in the mental and physical issues. However let’s begin with the fact that this is a tough golf course. World #1 Jordan Spieth says he hasn’t figured this course out yet and was never really in contention. Steven Bowditch for whatever reason, let this course get to him. For a solid PGA pro to not break 80 in 4 rounds on a golf course means the course shook his confidence and when it happens on The Blue Monster these are the scores you get.image

Adam Scott on the other hand had a couple of double-bogies early in his final round and thus had 2 chances to lose his confidence but to his great credit he kept his confidence and was making some birdies by sticking iron shots close for most of the remaining holes and then made an up-and-down on the 72nd hole to beat Bubba Watson by 1-stroke. A tremendous example of mental toughness! (photo by 7-themes.com)

Facts are Mom and Dad that your daughter is going to like some courses more than others.she will play better on some courses than on others. That’s golf. This real issue here is how will your daughter react when she hits a bad shot or makes a double bogey? Be like Adam Scott. Yes it’s tough particularly for the youngsters, but the sooner she learns to regain/keep her confidence, the quicker she will advance.

See you on #1 tee, looking confident… Sam

unior Golf: Stretching In Cold Weather

In today’s Monday Mulligan we will explore 1 of the most neglected and overlooked aspects of sports, including junior golf. Being an athlete means being athletic, being able to perform at a competitive level in your given sport. There are a number of physical aspects involved in competitive sports so let’s take a look at the 1 that Linda and I believe needs much more serious attention. (photo jennleforge.com)image

Perhaps you have noticed with your daughter and her junior golf friends that there is little or no visible stretching. About all you see is 30 seconds or more of token effort on the range or on the tee box. Did the girls do extensive stretching prior to arriving at the course? Our experience is few, if any, junior golfers ever do proper stretching exercises. Even in high school, S3 and his teammates pretty much refused to stretch in a meaningful way.

Why is this? There are a couple of reasons. First, by the time your daughter gets into high school you can’t be overseeing every minute of her life. She needs to be learning how to be independent, getting ready to leave the nest. So about all Dad and Mom can do is suggest that she do some stretching. You know, the kids just aren’t interested. Or secondly, your daughter has not suffered the frustrating consequences of being injured.

How does this change? Sadly it usually only changes as a result of a serious muscle pull or similar injury. Here in South Texas we call temperatures cooler than 50 degrees,”muscle pulling weather.” My friends and I just don’t play golf in these temperatures. Junior golfers and college golfers, however, play in this weather a lot. And they stretch a bit more because the cold weather makes them feel more stiff. And the extra layers of clothes require more effort in order to make consistently good swings.image

For cold weather stretching your daughter can do the same stretches she does when it’s warmer, just do them more slowly and do more of them. To freshen her routine find a video of Miguel Angel Jimenez doing his stretches. These can be done in golf attire at the golf course and they, while appearing slightly different than what you see in the gym, have been deemed to be very effective. They are also refreshingly fun to do or at least attempt to do. A couple of them are much more difficult than they appear. Or just do a web search for golf stretches. You’ll find a ton of resources from the Mayo Clinic, Adam Scott, Greg Norman and more. Maybe by presenting stretching as fun your daughter will show more interest. Try something. The benefits of proper stretching are well documented. (photo thegolfclubgame.com)

See you on #1 tee looking stretched-out and limber… Sam

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