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Junior Golf: Thoughts From Sir Nick

In today’s Friday Flop Shot we will enjoy some thoughts from 1 of the all time great golfers, Sir Nick Faldo, winner of 6 major championships. There are some men and women in our wonderful world of golf whose thoughts and words offer great insight and advice and Sir Nick is certainly 1 of them. (photo

Now before we get too far along here, David Feherty asked Sir Nick about the formality, almost haughty use of the “Sir Nick” term, to which Faldo replied, well, “It’s actually a request of the Royalty that the term Sir be used to compliment and reinforce the title and tradition.” I mean this is a very big deal in Britain.

Ok, on to golf. Sir Nick is 1 of the rare announcers who offers really useful insights into what a player sees and feels and needs to do to compete at golf’s highest level. When Jason Day blew his drive left into the trees on #16 last Sunday, leading to a double-bogey which took him out of the lead, Faldo said, “Think how good he’ll be when he gets a fade. In order to be the absolute complete golfer, you must be able to fade and draw your driver.” Jason Day needed to hit a fade on #16, but didn’t/couldn’t and it cost him.

Dad and Mom you may be thinking that right now you will be pleased if your daughter just hits her tee shot in play. Yes, being able to draw and fade any club is an advanced technique, but put it on the list. Have big goals and big dreams!image

Another great insight from Sir Nick came during his appearance on Feherty. Sir Nick mentioned that he made a terribly costly mistake when he decided to tweak his swing. He went to legendary coach David Leadbetter for help. According to Sir Nick it took 2 years for the new swing to kick in. He was on the European Ryder Cup Team, who won, but he didn’t really contribute. He hit 5 buckets of balls a day, not the normal buckets, but the 300 ball buckets, you got it, 1500 balls a day for 2 years to get the new swing down. So when your girl hits 1 large bucket of 120 balls at the range, well, let’s put it in perspective, hit more balls! (photo

Faldo basically lost 2 prime years of opportunity in professional golf to make a swing change. When your girl is unhappy when, after a week, she is not perfectly executing the points from her last lesson, perhaps mention Sir Nick’s 2-year odyssey. Patience and hit more balls, my dear!

See you on #1 tee, using Sir Nick’s tips… Sam

Junior Golf: Summer Dreams

In this Monday Mulligan we will look at 1 of the most fun times of summer, those times when your daughter can picture herself on the high school golf team or a college golf team or even playing on the LPGA Tour. Summer is a time for dreams!img_0135

Mom and Dad, what are your dreams? What dreams do you have for your junior golfer? If you are not sure, I hope you will consider dreaming again for you and your whole family. Perhaps you are of the ultra-pragmatic and practical nature and don’t put much value in dreams or think they are silly. (photo

As our dear friend Nelson, who pitched in the Houston Astros system, is a gifted athlete and excellent amateur golfer said, “If you don’t have any dreams, why do you even get out of bed?” Dreams are that extra motivation that will keep your daughter plugging away at improving her golf game even when she is not all that fired up about it. And dreaming can fluctuate depending on the number of distractions going on at any 1 time. It’s human nature.

As Tom Lehman said to David Feherty, while they were talking about the time, years ago, that Lehman had lost his privileges on the Tour and when he, Tom, started seriously working on his game to get his Tour card back, he had 3 things to keep him motivated, “I wanted to win a major championship, be #1 in the world and be the leading money winner.” Feherty replied, “Those are pretty lofty goals for someone who just lost their card.” Tom Lehman said, “You’ve got to have big dreams!” How true it is! (photo

Many of us have been laughed at and made fun of for saying our dreams out loud or stating them to the wrong people. And it can hurt. Parents, encourage your junior golfers to dream, it’s the stuff that real life is made of. Virtually every top athlete will tell you they always dreamed of being on the LPGA Tour or wanted to play in the Olympics or win a World Championship. There must be a carrot at the end of the stick.

Yes, not everyone will want to put in the effort to compete at the highest levels, but your girl can still dream about it and maybe 1 day she will really get after the hard work part. Encourage, don’t push. Maybe a short-term dream is getting a new driver or putter or a very cute new golf outfit. Those are dreams that can be realized and serve as inspiration to keep those big dreams alive. Having dreams is essential!

See you on #1 tee dreaming about playing college golf… Sam

Junior Golf: Losing Properly

In this Wednesday Waggle we will dive into the subject of the proper way to lose. Winning any golf tournament is a big achievement and being close and in a position to win is exciting. It is also difficult to finish strong and end up in 1st place.img_0102-1

Your daughter may be in the lead, tied for the lead or within a couple of strokes of the lead with less than 9 holes to play. She may or may not be aware of her position and depending on her maturity, skill level and personality it may or may not be beneficial for her to know where she stands.

A lot happens on the finishing holes of golf tournaments so being prepared for anything, however unlikely, is a good mindset. Golf is a game of honesty, integrity and courtesy and this means during the tough times as well as during the good ones. It can be particularly difficult when a competitor makes a putt on the last hole to beat your daughter. Or your girl’s par on the 1st playoff hole loses to a birdie. This happens, prepare for it. (

To paraphrase a conversation between golf legend Jack Nicklaus and interviewer David Feherty, Jack: “I never had a problem with losing if I gave it my best effort. That was the influence of my father. My Dad said to me that when the tournament’s over, put a smile on your face, make sure that the person you’re congratulating genuinely thinks that you’re happy for him, shake his hand firmly, look him squarely in the eye, say “Well done.” “ I think it’s served me well in life and it’s the right thing to do.” Wow, some of the all-time great advice!image

S3 has only lost 1 playoff. He and 1 other player tied at a tournament and went back to 18 tee to begin the playoff. After 2 decent tee shots, S3 was just off the green and his competitor was on the green but about 35-feet from the pin. S3 chipped up to 6-inches and tapped in for a par. Expecting a 2-putt from the other player we were preparing for the next playoff hole. OK here’s that part about expect the unexpected. The young man stepped up struck his putt and it went right into the center of the cup, from 35-feet. Yes, we were shocked, but it was a great putt. So we looked at each other, threw our hands up, not in a disrespectful way, and said.”He won.” He deserved it with a putt like that. Hey, S3 still played a lot of great golf, he just got beat in the playoff. So we congratulated the 1st place winner, took the 2nd place award and went home. (

See you on #1 tee, looking like a winner… Sam

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