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Junior Golf: Be In A Good Mood

In this Monday Mulligan we will emphasize the importance of being in a good mood especially this time of year.image

Emotions are readily transferred from 1 person to another. The easiest and most desirable emotion to radiate to your junior golfer is excitement or enthusiasm. Being positive, happy, joyful, grateful and thankful has tremendous benefits obviously to everyone close at hand but also to overall health and well-being. More and more research is confirming this. (image jennleforge.com)

From now until Christmas and also somewhat during the following week things can get a bit crazy. Your kids are out of school and are wanting to have a pleasant time over the long holiday. The horrific traffic, jammed mall parking lots, and loud shoppers in every store can sometimes make us parents want to tear our hair out! Please make every effort to remain calm and downplay and laugh off these stressful situations.

Our kids mirror us. We set the example, good or bad. Be aware. The more calm you exhibit in handling the Holiday insanity, the better example you are setting and the more likely it is that your youngster will start handling her own stress better. Their brains are sponges that are soaking up everything you do and say, please make your behavior something that you would be proud to have your daughter emulate!

This is a particular time to be joy-filled. For Christians and Jews there are powerful religious events to celebrate. For everyone else it is an opportunity to be in a good mood and show your family and close friends how much you love them.PJG logo

Whatever your reasons please resist the temptation to get flustered by all the rush of this time of year. You and everyone you come in touch with will be much happier if you will take a breath, smile and be joyful. Have a great time and help your daughter and all your family have a great time as well. It’s a special time!

See you on #1 tee looking happy to be there… Sam

Junior Golf: Holiday Golf Getaways

In today’s Monday Mulligan we are going to offer some holiday golf getaways, places you can take your junior golfer and the rest of your family and have a great time.image

Exotic Locales: these would include places involving airfare and resort-type scenarios. There are always bargains on travel. It takes patience and knowing what you are seeking. Here’s a real-life example. Linda and I recently spent some time at the Jewel Runaway Bay Resort in Jamaica. We bought the golf package and upgraded to a junior suite with private pool. The folks at this resort were all wonderful with a smile on their face and nothing was ever an issue. I really don’t know how we could have had a more enjoyable time! The golf course was middle to upper-middle caliber, not TPC quality but had full grass coverage and the greens rolled true and the scenery was beautiful. And no crowds on the golf course, excellent pace of play! The food was great, the accommodations were great, the people were great and the golf was great, what more is there to say? Another advantage to this Jamaican resort is our total time in the air was 3 hours and 35 minutes. San Antonio to Houston Hobby and Hobby to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Physically, it’s an easy trip. And it’s not all that costly. Watch for deals on airfare and sign up for the Jewel Resorts email alerts, which offer very inexpensive packages.

Driveable Resorts: these would put drive time in the equation instead of airfare. There are offers coming in every day from various resorts including TPCs from California to Florida. Prices are all over the place with the TPC Resorts usually being at the high end, but you get PGA Tour quality golf courses. The hotel chains have some amazing golf resorts as well. SPG, now owned by Marriott, has some beautiful golf resorts and of course Marriott has hotels at the TPC sites. Then Salamander Resorts has Hammock Beach and a couple of additional Florida/Southeast US golf venues. Plenty of great options, how far are you willing to drive? (image ship sticks TPC)image

And weekend/day trip outings: if time and budget are limited, find the best or most unique golf options within a day’s driving distance a make a reservation. Choices might include highly-rated golf courses that your kiddo has never played. New, as in not having previously played courses, are always exciting! Or find your closest Top Golf and spend some time there. It is a different and fun experience, a nice break from the playing/hitting balls regimen.

So take a look at your schedule and budget and see what makes sense. These suggestions are ways to keep your young golfer involved and excited about the sport during a time when it’s easy to slack off. And the whole family can find something to do at every one of these locations.

See you on #1 tee looking resort-refreshed… Sam

Junior Golf: More Lessons From Valero

In this Wednesday Waggle we will continue to examine some additional lessons from the just completed Valero Texas Open played on the tough TPC San Antonio Oaks Course. There is so much information that it will be a challenge to cover some highlights here. (Dufner photo golfdigest.com)img_0102

In this Wednesday Waggle we will continue to examine some additional lessons from the just completed Valero Texas Open played on the tough TPC San Antonio Oaks Course. There is so much information that it will be a challenge to cover some highlights here.

Let’s talk a bit more about strategy and how to use it as your daughter analyzes her approach to a golf course. If the TV announcers said it once, they said it at least 100 times during their coverage, success on this golf course starts with putting your tee shot in the fairway. The 1st cut wasn’t too bad this week, but if the ball went into the rough, on the Oaks Course it is pretty much a 1-stroke penalty. The trees and “moon” rocks as we call them here are almost impossible to hit any kind of a shot other than a punch-out, and the risk of wrist injury is high. The top finishers were putting their drives in play. Dad and Mom, 1 of the basic tenets of playing winning golf is having a high percentage of your daughter’s tee shots in the fairway, period. A tee shot in the fairway starts the process of having a good score on a particular hole.

The 2nd must do strategy on this course is to put the approach shot on the correct portion of the green to have a decent birdie putt. Yes, this is an advanced technique, but if for now, your girl focuses on just hitting her ball on the green, that’s a good thing. She can work on accuracy as her skill level advances. The guys in the top 10 had lower scores because they made more birdies and had fewer bogies than everybody else. Birdies are easier to make if the approach shot is closer to the hole. Basic stuff.

And of course, to make birdies, you must make putts. Something else you will hear time and time again is that to win any golf tournament you have to make more putts than the rest of the field, particularly those in that 8 to 15 or 20-foot range, because the make percentage for the 3 and 4 footers is pretty high for everybody. So the great separator is who makes the mid-range putts. Think about who gets hot with a putter, Jordan, Jason, Adam, Bubba and Henrik to name a few. There are tournaments where 1 of those guys seems to be making everything and if he keeps it up for 4 days, he will likely win!image

Parents ask your daughter which of her longer clubs she’s more comfortable with, if she is a beginning golfer, it may be a 5-iron or 5-wood, doesn’t matter. Then get with her swing coach and let her work on getting condiment that this 1 particular club can be her “go to” club when she wants to make sure the ball ends up in the fairway. Later, she can use this to build confidence with other clubs as well. We’ll get to the other clubs later. Here’s a photo on my “go to” driving iron.

See you on #1 tee looking to put your drive in the middle of the fairway… Sam

Junior Golf: There’s Always One

In today’s Wednesday Waggle we will take note that every time your daughter plays in a tournament there will always be 1 player in her group that presents a unique situation that has the potential to negatively impact your daughter’s game.img_0102

Let’s talk about golf skills and how players can manifest them. For instance on #1 tee 1 of your girl’s playing partners crushes her drive. I mean the ball sounded different off the clubface and it flew past all the other drives. This has now, depending on your daughter’s level of golf maturity, become a test for her. Yes a test to see how well she stays focused on her own game and not be thinking about how far the other girl hits the ball. (Dufner photo golfdigest.com)

There is always somebody who hits the ball a mile. In S3’s college tournaments a couple of guys will hit 20-30 yards past the rest of the field. A look at their fairways hit stats at the end of the round will tell you how meaningful those bombs are.

There is sometimes a girl who hits her approaches closer than everyone else. But can she putt?
Then there’s the girl who seems to make every putt. Practicing 5-foot putts, at least 50 at a time is 1 of the best ways ever to lower a golf score. I can only remember 2 times in the last 8 years that S3 wasn’t the guy making all the putts in his group and it was because he did not practice his putting enough the week prior to the event. There are a number of putting aides for sale from about $20.00-120.00. Find 1 that fits your budget and buy it. This is 1 of the best things you can ever do to help her improve her scores.

Then we have the amazing chipper, every 1 within a foot. And the girl with the most unusual swing ever who seems to get the ball in the hole. How does she even make contact? (photo articles.baltimoresun.com)

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What does all this mean? Your daughter must stay focused on being herself, not get caught up with the other player’s games and reset herself on hitting a great next shot. This is tough but parents you can be a big help. Even the pros will tell you they get tired of seeing the other guy hit every drive in the middle of the fairway. Keeping her mind in the proper mode is 1 of the greatest challenges in all sports, not just golf. Understand and respect how tough it is. Your daughter may begin to question her ability: How can I compete with her, I can’t hit it that far, I can’t putt like that, etc. Don’t let that mindset get a hold on her. Remember your contact during most tournaments is extremely limited so this must be worked on prior to her contest.

Opportunities to be distracted during a round of golf are everywhere. From butterflies, turtles and fish for the little-bitties to somebody bombing drives and making every putt for the bigger kids, it is easy to lose focus. And that is not helpful for playing good golf.

See you on #1 tee looking focused… Sam

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