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Junior Golf: Relive Some Good Memories

In today’s Wednesday Waggle we want to relive some of those good memories from your junior golfer’s 2016 experiences.img_0102

It’s a common thing. Businesses do it, newscasters do it, so why shouldn’t you and your daughter do it as well. The difference is that you and your girl want to focus on the positives, not the negatives as is common, particularly with the news. (Dufner photo golfdigest.com)

The brain is powerful and so are memories. As parents we want to encourage our kids to fill their sponge-like brains with as much positivity as possible. By reliving the good times we stimulate smiles, laughter, a sense of enjoyment and wanting to have more fun times in the future.

And those good times on the golf course imprint a feeling of achievement, a can do attitude. I’ve done it once and I can do it again. Success feeds off success!

So talk about that great shot she made! Or mention an amazing up-and-down she completed to save par! Or bring up that long snaking putt that went right into the center of the cup! Stay positive. Her brain needs to be filled with positive thoughts!image

And a quick reminder that some of the golf stores, both brick and mortar and online are having some ridiculous prices right now. Some are advertising various products for up to 75% off. I know we still need a couple of new golf bags. I’d better take a look!

See you on #1 tee thinking about those good shots… Sam

Junior Golf: A Tougher Answer

In this Friday Flop Shot we are going to discuss the tougher answer, the answer at the other end of the spectrum from our previous post. A response that will certainly surprise, if not stun and shock, because no parent seriously considers this as the answer they will get from their son when they ask, “Why do you play golf?” (photo offcoursegolf.com)image

“I play because you/Dad/Mom want me to.” After you swallow hard and catch your breath, what do you say to this? There are at least 100 parental responses and you can get great information from psychologists, sports psychologists and a myriad of books on this and related subjects. Linda and I are passing along our experiences with S3 and some of his golf teammates during his junior golf and college golf careers.

Dad and Mom, what is really important here? You and your son must be clear as to why he plays junior golf. If he has a passion for the game and is serious about pursuing it, his and your path takes a specific course. If he is a casual player and likes playing with family and friends now and then, his and your path is totally different from the path of the passionate pursuer of junior golf.IMG_0052

Age plays a role here too, as very young, say under 10 year-old players, may not really know why they play the game except that it’s fun. They may develop a serious passion for the game at some point. If however, your son is in junior high or high school and is a casual player, he may likely remain a casual player.

Parents, your role for the passionate junior golfer has major responsibilities which include commitments of time and money. Your role with the casual junior golfer is less structured and mostly catch-as-catch-can going to the range or playing a round or 2.

The key today Mom and Dad is ask the question! Until you know why your son plays golf you don’t know how to support him.

See you on #1 tee…looking like you’re enjoying yourself… Sam

Junior Golf: 2016 is Your Year!

2016 is your year

Enjoy the New Year this way… Prioritize your time, make your Plan, and Practice your skills.

Without a plan, the people will perishSuccess comes to those who plan for it – the only things standing between your golfer and success are his priorities, his plans, and his practice.

Are you ready for great golf in 2016?

Sit down today, take out a calendar go to April 1, 2016, and write down his 3-month goal (Note, this is his goal, not yours. Ownership is everything when considering the success or failure of a project).

Then work backwards from there and write in the skills he needs to perfect in order to be on target for the said goal and the dates he needs to have them improved by. An example is, my 3-month April 1st goal is an improved short game. I need to chip better by February 15. I need to putt better by March 31st.

Now factor in what he must do each week to make his improvement attainable. “I commit to 30-45 minutes of skills-practice a minimum of three days each week.” This practice is in addition to his regular driving range time. The emphasis here is on his commitment, with your encouragement!

Be sure to customize the weekly practice according to the age and goal of your golfer. Remember… FUN is key to your golfer loving the game but practice will ensure perfecting it!

Have fun and enjoy the time spent with your golfer… these are memories worth making!

See you on #1 Tee… Linda

Junior Golf: Bigger Gifts

In today’s Friday Flop Shot we will take a look at the bigger and more costly gifts that are available for your daughter. We have spent our previous posts looking more at stocking stuffers, items that are relatively inexpensive and fun and even useful. Now let’s examine some of the higher-end options out there. (photo offcoursegolf.com)image

Buyer beware Mom and Dad! There are thousands of items priced from $29.95 up to $2,000.00 and many of them are fantastic and worth every penny. There are some however that are not worth 5 cents. Before you spend any money, ask your daughter’s swing coach or any PGA Professional for their opinion or check out online reviews. You can see golf legends and top golf coaches promoting a number of products. They all sound great and probably are helpful to many players. Your daughter does not need every one of these aides. Any 1 item would be the most useful.

Discuss with her what part of her game she thinks needs the most improvement. If she is not sure, I’d go for a putting aid. Putting along with chipping are the 2 places to save the most strokes. Buying 1 putting aid maintains her focus on a single aspect of improving her game. You can buy putting aids at most sporting goods stores or from the golf specialty stores, but if you want to kick it up a notch, go to Dave Pelz’s website. Dave is one of the legendary short game coaches and has a fantastic reputation. We have a 20-year old Pelz putting aid that is money! When S3 hits 30-50 putts per day with this aid, for a week or 2 before a tournament, he’ll make virtually every putt 7-feet or less. In fact, when he doesn’t putt well, he likely did not use it prior to the event. (photo dwquailgolf.com)

There are a plethora of swing trainers, swing analyzers, swing weights, nets to hit into in the back yard, etc. Keep it simple. Only buy something your daughter will use, hopefully with or without your oversight. I like the chipping net for the backyard. Again Dad and Mom chipping and putting are the quickest parts of your daughter’s game where she can save strokes.image

Now if you want to spend big money like $1,000.00-2,000.00 you have a couple of places to do it. Buying new clubs can easily get you over $1,000.00. Rarely do we buy new clubs, but that’s why there is chocolate and vanilla. If you just must buy some new clubs you can start small, maybe get a new wedge or 2. You can buy top-quality name brand wedges for $129.00 or less nearly all year long. Or a new driver. You can easily spend up to $500.00-600.00 on the latest long bomber. Or new irons. Ah yes, 4-A wedge can run from $499.00-1299.00 depending on make and model. Go for it. There is something special about brand new!

imageNow the other big money option is book a few days at a golf resort. There are plenty in the US from The California desert to Florida, not to mention Hawaii or the Bahamas. Most of these places are great, not inexpensive but truly memory-making locales. And there is the amazing World Golf Hall of Fame in St Augustine, Florida. Linda and I have been there and played the 2 signature courses, The King and Bear and The Slammer and Squire, both different and fun. Contact PGA Experiences and ask what specials they have available.

So here are a few thoughts on helping you spend your money this Holiday Season. I’m afraid that our family is doing quite a fine job of spending money already. Thanks for your offer to help but our cash is flowing outward at a strong pace!

See you on #1 tee with something new in your bag… Sam

Junior Golf: Mark This Gift

In today’s Monday Mulligan we are taking a look at more fun gifts. This item is 1 that all golfers, including the pros use at least 20 times or more during an 18-hole round. And there are a bunch of styles from plain to fancy to bling and all varieties in between. (Photo jennleforge.com)image

Your daughter will use her putter at least 20 times during each 18-hole round. Less than 20 putts is rare, even for the pros, and I think 26-27 putts is about average for the PGA Tour players. So what am I talking about here? It’s a ball marker. That thing you notice most when a player in your daughter’s group doesn’t have 1.

How many times have all of us seen a golfer ask somebody for a coin or mark their ball with a tee, which is awkward and ugly at best. College golfers have asked me more than once if I had a coin or ball marker, before they teed off, of course. On the tournament day checklist please put ball marker prominently on it and even twice if necessary. I mean come on.image

Your daughter’s ball should only be sitting on the green when it is her turn to putt. While I’m not a rules expert, I don’t think there is a requirement to mark the ball on the green, unless perhaps it impedes another player’s ability to execute their next shot, but it is certainly 1 of the most common forms of etiquette. And if your daughter asks a another player to mark her ball I believe she is pretty much required to do so. Check the rules if you wish. The point is your daughter should not have to look at somebody else’s ball on the green when it is your daughter’s turn to putt, and vice versa. The 1st thing your daughter should do when she gets to the green is mark her ball, then repair her own ball mark plus 1 more.

Frankly I can’t stand to see a player leave their ball unmarked when it is someone else’s turn to putt. But enough of this, let’s go to the fun. There are a plethora of ball markers out there. Today’s photos will enlighten you a bit. Please put several quarters in a baggie and put it in her golf bag and leave it. And remind your daughter that it is there.image

The most popular ball markers we have seen over the years are coins, the magnetic round markers that usually sit on a magnet clipped to the bill of your daughter’s cap and some really big commemorative medals or even poker chips. A tip: use something with 2 different sides and make 1 side the always use side. Turn it over to the other side only when she needs to move her mark. This serves as a reminder to move her mark back to its original position.

Please note that the sample we are showing here are only a tiny bit of the offerings for ball markers. School logos, names, golf course logos, butterflies, bling, animals, the variety is as big as human imagination. These essential items are very inexpensive so why not get a couple of different ones, because they are relatively easy to lose.

See you on #1 tee with a really cool ball marker… Sam

Junior Golf: Even More Gifts

In this Friday Flop Shot we are sticking with our gift mode. Yes, there are so many fun items available for junior golfers this time of year, we want to keep introducing you to some off them.image

On a recent excursion to 1 of our area’s big golf stores, Linda and I found a ton of unexpected goodies. We talked about head covers a few posts ago but we soon found out that we were totally unaware of some additional really cool ones that may only be around for a relatively brief period. In the 1st photo you see the pink unicorn and brown chipmunk. And in the 2nd pic you see a Star Wars trio of Yoda, Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper. Perhaps your family and young golfers are not Star Wars fans and that’s fine. I can tell you however, that there are a bunch of college golfers that would love a Star Wars head cover and there are some female college golfers who would be thrilled to have that unicorn on their driver. So please don’t think these are only for the very young junior golfers. They are fun, even relaxing to some. What the heck, just buy one! You can always return it.

Now when all the excitement of opening presents is starting to wind
down, here’s a gift that, depending on your and/or your son’s state of mind, will provide hours of entertainment or drive everybody crazy! It’s called the Golf Ball Water Globe. This is a clear globe, filled with fluid. A tee is mounted to the bottom and a golf ball is free-floating as well. The object is of course, to get the ball on the tee. Well, I can tell you that Linda and I and a couple of folks in the checkout line were not able to do so. It’s 1 of those things that looks so simple, but really isn’t. Perhaps once you figure out the plan, getting the ball on the tee is easier. Hey, it’s great fun and it can look good on a shelf or mantel when you’re not playing with it. Come on, let your fun flag fly!

You’re probably doing some shopping this weekend anyway, so plan a trip to your closest big golf store and see what they’ve got that is just plain different from the everyday golf nut’s and bolts. If you can’t physically go to a big golf retailer, go online. Maybe you get free shipping and maybe no sales tax. The point is do something unexpected. Your junior golfer will love it.

See you on #1 tee with a new head cover… Sam

Junior Golf: More Fun Gifts

In today’s Wednesday Waggle we are looking at even more fun gifts to give your son during this holiday season. Linda and I recently spent some time at our nearby Golfsmith store and found some more very nice, useful and even whimsical gifts.image

Memories are such a big part of the time you and your son will spend together during his junior golf and even college golf years. The obvious answer to capturing memories is with photos or videos but there is another way that we really like. Almost every golf course in America has its own logo golf balls and they make a great souvenir. Buy 1 from each course your son plays whether it’s in a tournament or not. Then buy a golf ball display rack. They are available online and from the big golf stores like Golfsmith, Golf Galaxy, Edwin Watts Golf, tgw.com and more. We have the 25-count displays just because they are easy to move around on the wall. Sizes range up to about 60 balls and prices run from $29-$69.image

To increase the variety of balls and memories, we have asked other teams for 1 of their logo balls, remembering the competition. And we have displayed S3’s and my hole-in-one balls. You can also go online and order logo golf balls from Augusta National, home of the Masters Tournament and from other legendary golf venues as well. Your son is playing golf and golf balls provide a ton of memories. It’s just remembering to get them when you have the chance.

Something else just a little bit different is some new tees that S3 and a bunch of his college golf buddies have really starting using. These are the No Resistance Tees by Z-TECH. They promote a 5-point suspension system for the golf ball that is supposed to mean less resistance at impact.Well, I’m not sure the guys will tell you they are getting more distance, but they will tell you they like these tees because they just don’t break very often. Yes, it may seem like a small thing but I’ll tell you that the more your son really likes and appreciates every single item he uses on the golf course, the better off he will be.

See you on #1 tee with a logo ball and some No Resistance Tees… Sam

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