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Junior Golf: Midsummer Check List-5 Things To Do Now

In this Friday Flop Shot we will offer some things that should be done right now to prepare for upcoming fall events.

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Photocredit:Dubai Golf

Your kids are growing, his/her golf skills are improving and the career of a junior golfer is a marathon, not a sprint. Parents must be the ones to not just keep,up, but stay ahead of what’s going on.

Here are 5 things to get after right now:
Have your child fitted for the driver or longest club in their golf bag. Drivers that are too short, too long, wrong loft or too heavy put your kiddo at a disadvantage. Any PGA pro can do this.
Check the fit of his/her golf shoes. Kids notoriously wear shoes that are too small. Have them put on a pair of golf socks and the shoes and you feel where the longest toe is. If there is any doubt about fit, buy a larger size. Your youngster will grow into them at some point.
Do the golf shirts, shorts or skorts fit properly? Clothes that don’t fit can hinder the golf swing, be uncomfortable and even lead to chafing and irritation during a round. There’s enough stress during competition without having to deal with ill-fitting clothes.

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Photocredit:Green Valley Country Club

What is the weakest part of their golf game? If you don’t know, go to the range or play a round with your kiddo. Then you’ll know. Look online or at The Golf Channel Academy for some drills that will improve this.
Does your state have a tax-free weekend or sale period? Currently about 16 states have sales tax holidays which include clothing. Check out this link. Here in Texas that saves basically 8%. Look up states with sales tax holidays to see if your state is included. Most dates are in July and August and shoes, perhaps even golf shoes are included. This is a great way to save some money!

Ok, that’s it for today. Watch the LPGA KPMG PGA Championship this weekend and get ready to celebrate the 4th!

See you on #1 tee looking prepared… Sam

Junior Golf: It’s Cold-Lets Stay Inside And Learn Something

In this Friday Flop Shot we are going to accept the fact that this weekend it’s cold and windy with chill factors in the teens, and this is in South Texas, so this is a good time to stay inside and learn something. Get some more golf education.img_0106

All of our kids, including your junior golfer daughter, have limited attention spans, particularly if what Mom and Dad suggest is not in her highest priorities. And while she may love playing golf, sometimes watching golf or golf videos requires bringing her in and saying, “ Here’s a great video about a simple exercise to improve your driver skills.” Or “The Tournament of Champions is on TV from Hawaii. Let’s watch some of it and see if we’d like to go play that course some day.” (image offcoursegolf.com)

Put a point of reference in it for your daughter. Make it have some meaning, potentially, at least. If you and your daughter are serious about junior golf, you must have the Golf Channel included in your TV package. There is so much information on it alone, that if your family had no other digital or video media or magazines, your daughter could learn almost everything she would need to keep up with all things golf, just from this channel.

With the Web.com Tour, the PGA Tour, the LPGA Tour and the European Tour there is more golf competition than can possibly be watched. And the instructional shows and the topical and fun Morning Drive Show are loaded with an endless array of golf information and history.

Pay attention to your emails. I mean every day I get them from tgw.com, Junior Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, Golf Digest STIX, Tips @ Golf Digest, Golfweek, Golf World and more. Sit down with your daughter and open these together and read at least 1 article in each. Some are short, no more than a Tweet, while others are more in depth. There is always something interesting and helpful than can be put to use immediately.

This morning I came across a Facebook post about Jimmy Walker’s shortened driver. In the offseason he wanted to improve his driving accuracy and removed some length from his driver. Jimmy says he lost 5-20 yards in distance, but the club feels so much more natural to him at this shorter length and his fairways hit, all but 4 in yesterday’s opening round, putting him in 2nd place, provided very positive feedback. Great stuff!

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A couple of years ago Bubba Watson mentioned that most amateurs had drivers that were too long. He mentioned that shortening them resulted in hitting more shots on the sweet spot, giving better and more consistent results. Who’d a thunk it? Check out the length of your girl’s driver. Maybe it’s time for a trim. (Bubba image Golf Monthly)

See you on #1 tee looking educated… Sam

Custom Clubs: Let’s Buy One

imageIn this Wednesday Waggle we will look at how to get started in custom golf clubs for your daughter. A conservative approach is best when you venture into new territory so that’s how we will approach this. Let’s buy one!

If your daughter is like our son, she will be very excited when you even mention custom golf clubs. New equipment is always fun, but Mom and Dad must maintain a sense of reality. There is not any household budget that the game of golf cannot easily exceed. So to have a plan and maintain a bit of sanity we are going to begin your girl’s adventure in custom golf clubs by purchasing just one club. (golf digest.com)

How do you decide which club to get? If you adhere to the legendary Harvey Penick’s philosophy that the 3 most important clubs in the bag are the driver, wedge and putter, you now have 3 great options. Depending on the age, strength and skill level of your daughter, she may use something other than a driver on the tee.. So you can consider customizing her main club she uses to tee off with as an option.

Ask your daughter what she considers to be the strongest part of her game. Is it driving (again maybe with a 3 or 5-wood instead of a driver), approach shots, chipping or putting? Once the 2 of you have agreed on her strongest suit, go that direction. If you’re not sure or your junior golfer is at the beginner skill level, go the putting or chipping route. The fastest way to lower any golfer’s score is around the green, chipping and putting.image

Please remember that parents of beginner level golfers can customize any and all clubs just by having them the correct length, weight and grip size. This is all you need to do for now. Maybe you could put a new grip on her putter, perhaps just a more fun color or different style. This is quite inexpensive and could have a very positive effect. It may just make putting more fun, but that means she enjoys practicing more and hopefully more balls go in the cup.

Intermediate and advanced players may take a different approach. If your girl is a good putter and chipper but is having trouble off the tee, you might want to address her weakness so she can be more competitive with her driving stats. Your family golf team will need to decide which approach is best for your daughter’s current situation. Addressing strengths or weaknesses?

S3 and our whole family got completely customized putters 2 years ago and they have made a world of difference. We all make more putts than we ever had before. These putters are totally worth the expense! So for your girl to change every other club in her bag, including what clubs are in her bag at 1 time is a big bite and not for the faint of heart. If you customize everything she will play much better, but needs to accept that it takes lots of range time to get used to the new clubs, not to mention the $ investment.

Have the family meeting today. What will the golf budget allow? Is 1 club the best path for now or can your daughter handle and will the budget support more than 1 club? The cost for doing 1 club could be from $10-15 for a grip change to $200 or more for a state-of-the-art new shaft, grip, etc. Parents be aware of the costs. It can be a ton of money and you must have a commitment from your daughter before moving forward. Customizing for beginners is basically length, weight and grips while customizing for intermediate/advanced players can mean dozens of options. It’s all fun!

See you on #1 tee looking customized… Sam

Junior Golf: Custom Clubs For Slower Swing Speeds

imageIn this Friday Flop Shot we are going to take a look at my clubs, the clubs Adam custom-made for me. When Adam went home to Australia for a month over the Christmas break, he had 6 sets of clubs to customize and I am thrilled that he included my clubs in that group.

Why are my clubs of interest to your junior golfer? There are a couple of major reasons: first-my swing speed is about 10mph lower than S3’s. His swing is 105-110mph and mine is 93-97mph. There is a dramatic contrast in our clubs. My son is a college athlete in great physical shape, quite strong, extremely flexible and a 2-handicap. For being north of 60 years old, I am in great physical shape, reasonably strong, quite flexible and expect to get back to regularly breaking 80 in the near future. (Offcoursegolf.com)

The difference in our swing speeds is important, but only 1 of many factors involved in making custom clubs. So the second reason my clubs are important to your young golfer is to show the dramatic contrast in clubs with 2 different people. Please understand my point here. Having golf clubs custom-fitted to your youngster is a very complicated task and requires the best PGA club fitter you can find. Ask around. Probably 1 or 2 names will come up more than once.

I had quit hitting my driver because there wasn’t 1 in our many golf clubs that felt good in my hands. Adam, after being with me on the range several times and playing a couple of rounds with me, had a definitive plan. The new length would be 44.75” with a men’s regular shaft and a weight and kick point that fits my swing. Here you see the Fujikura Speeder67 Evolution R-Flex shaft. The head would be my current, but unused, Rocketbalz head, 10.5 degrees. Feeling I needed more loft, Adam said he could add loft to the head, ultimately getting it to 12 degrees. He has since stated that increasing my driver loft is his finest piece of artwork in all of his custom golf club efforts, and it is totally invisible to anyone looking at the head. Weighted tape was added to the bottom of the Rocketbalz head as Adam felt it just needed a bit more weight. And when I asked about the tape, he said to leave it on.

The driver grip is an orange Lamkin grip with an extra wrap under the low hand. This club feels great when I pick it up. It’s an extension of my arms. My natural shot with a driver is a fade and right now I’m hitting a slice, but things are coming around. One of the things Bubba Watson says about shortening the driver is that you hit more balls in the middle of the face. That is certainly true, even with me! So as I fine tune my swing, doing the couple of things I need to do to get consistent with this club, I am having a blast. I am certain this will be a very dependable club for me and 1 of my favorites. It’s hard to put into words how great this club feels!

See you on #1 tee, ready to hit the big stick… Sam

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