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Junior Golf: Do You Have This Kind Of Trust



In today’s Monday Mulligan we will take a look at trust and how important it is for your junior golfer.

The dictionary defines trust as a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. There’s a lot in this definition and all of it pretty much applies to life as well as competition. I’ll leave the option of dissecting every word here to Mom and Dad and this post will focus on the general impact that trust can have on any athletic performance.

For those of you not Dallas Cowboys fans, please bear with me. It will be worth it. I was watching A Football Life on the NFL Channel and it was about former Cowboy’s quarterback Troy Aikman. Troy won 3 Super Bowls and his tight end was another Cowboys legend, Jay Novacek. Jay was being interviewed about his experiences with Troy and related this classic example: (to paraphrase) Jay,”It was in the Super Bowl against the Bills and I had just caught a pass from Troy and I said-Could you see me? I couldn’t see you.” Troy replied, “I couldn’t see you, but I knew you’d be there.” Wow, that’s what great players do! They trust their own abilities and the skills of their teammates. That’s how you win championships.


What does trust mean for your junior golfer? Please go back to the excellent golf movie, 7 Days In Utopia. Here’s where you can get a beautiful explanation of See It, Feel It, Trust It. This is the golf swing we’re talking about now, of course. And today we’re on the Trust It part.

Go back to the definition. Your child must get to the point where he/she trusts their ability to hit the required/desired shot. Every golf shot from a driver to the putter must be struck with confidence. Your kiddo must believe that he/she can hit the next shot and hit it to the necessary level of execution, period.

How does one achieve this level of trust? Lessons from an instructor whose junior golfers have achieved some success and range time will get this process off to a solid start. That said, the only real way to know if you can hit any golf shot is to get out on the golf course and just play golf. Create, visualize the shot. Let your body feel what motion is needed to hit the shot. And trust, believe that you can actually perform, hit the shot.

Parents, if your junior golfer has belief/trust that they can do 1 thing well, this gives them the confidence to carry that same trust into additional areas. For example, the ability to hit good golf shots means he/she also has the ability to make good grades and vice versa.

See you on #1 tee believing you can hit those shots… Sam

Junior Golf: Golf Happens

In this Monday Mulligan we will look at a phrase that was most recently used last Friday at the Masters, but has undoubtedly been voiced many times previously, particularly when poor results are involved. (photo

After having high expectations coming into the 1st major of 2016, Ricky Fowler failed to break 80 on Friday and ended up missing the cut. His initial brief explanation of his 1st 2 rounds was,
“Golf Happens”, a phrase used to describe an extraordinary happening during a round of golf.
Certainly it can be used in a positive reference as for instance, Linda, S3 and I witnessed our 2nd Double Eagle during a college tournament last Monday. Linda and I were parked at #18 green, a par 5 easily reachable in 2 shots for these talented young men. One of S3’s playing partners, Javier, hit his 2nd shot, it landed just left of the center of the green and rolled straight down a ridge and entered the middle of the cup at the perfect speed. What a thrill! And Javier, not quite able to see the hole, learned about his great shot by osmosis. So in this case, in a positive vain, “Golf Happened”. It was an unexpected and unusual occurrence.

This other side of the “Golf Happens/Happened” coin is the unflattering side. And with a ton of tough golf and higher than normal scores for many of the world’s top players, the most shocking “GH” of the weekend was Jordan Spieth’s disastrous final 9 holes. After having a 5-shot lead on the 10th tee, Jordan ended up T-2, 3shots behind the winner. Jordan gave up 8 shots in his last 9 holes, a horrible collapse. Our family is big Jordan fans and we are not being negative. Parents we want you to understand that there will be times that your son will have a terrible hole or maybe a couple and hopefully not a complete 9 hole stretch. (Danny Willett

Let’s give Danny Willett some credit as 5-under during the final round at Augusta is a great score, but he had to be as shocked, although likely a bit more pleasantly shocked than everybody else, as he watched Jordan’s performance on the back 9. Danny was in the right place at the right time.

Make no mistake, this 5-shot lead and tournament was Jordan’s to lose and he did. There may be a bunch of folks trying to get into the intricacies of what happened to Jordan’s mental state, or lack of, during this time and I’ll leave that to the pros. As a parent I can tell you that he basically lost his confidence, his trust in his swing. When that happens to S3, sometimes with irons/approach shots, his ball ends up short and right. Sound familiar?

So as we ask ourselves, how does Jordan, after making 4 birdies in a row on holes 6-9, totally lose it on the next 9 holes? Dad and Mom please get this, golf is a tough sport and the mental part is 90% of the game. As tough as the pros are mentally, they are still subject to the frailties of the human mind. And your junior golfer is even more mentally fragile.

1 poor shot may throw your son off his game. The winning part and the toughest part is how quickly can he forget that poor shot and hit a great shot? Your boy might get mad and anger always wins and he may carry that emotion for several holes, which he will probably play poorly, enough to ruin his round, before recovering and starting to play well again. The pros get mad, yes they do, but they deal with it better than the rest of us.

Always encourage your junior golfer, especially after a poor shot or a 3-putt. A big smile, yes 1 he can see and a strong thumb’s up are all he needs! We want the positive “Golf Happens”!

See your on #1 tee looking confident with your swing… 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

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