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Junior Golf: Cool Weather Tips

imageIn this Monday Mulligan we will look at some cool weather tips that will help your daughter when temperatures start dropping. The pros deal with this throughout the year and it is critical to understand how the game is different when the weather changes. (photo jennleforge.com)

1st I will encourage you to be prepared. Put these items on your pre-practice/pre-tournament checklist. Gloves are #1. If she can’t hold the club, she can’t play well. Have 2 extras of her regular glove in her golf bag at all times. And buy 1 pair of the “wetter is better” gloves and keep them in the bag as well. These are the black gloves, a pair, 1 for each hand, that work super good in damp/wet weather. Phil Mickelson wears these more than nearly anyone else on tour. He doesn’t wait to put them on if there is moisture in the air. Footjoy and TaylorMade are 2 brands that we have here. Note for gloves: open every package and try on every glove before you buy it. It seems gloves are notorious for having the wrong size in the packaging.

Buy some of the hand warmer hot packs and keep a couple in her bag as soon as the weather cools off. Cold hands mean no grip, no feel, no good shots. These are an inexpensive item that is worth a million bucks if your daughter gets caught in a really chilly situation. There are at least 2 major brands and they are sold in most big box stores, sporting goods stores and golf stores. Buy a few of each brand and see which 1 works best. You’ll likely see that there is a difference. And buy the bigger size. The little ones don’t get as hot or last as long as the big ones.image

Remember, most heat loss occurs through the top of the head. Find a mid weight beanie/pullover/stocking cap in a neutral color that your daughter likes and put it in her bag now. For golfers, it really works in chilly weather to have a couple of lightweight upper layers and put a beanie on. The beanie comes down over the ears and keeps them warm while decreasing the heat loss through the top of the head. A couple of weeks ago at a college tournament in Dallas we had a 55-degree, sunny, beautiful morning with light winds and about1/3 of the college golfers had something covering their ears. This enables them to wear less on their upper body so they weren’t encumbered by so much extra clothing. S3 has a gray UnderArmour beanie that is his absolute favorite! Also try these on before your buy because there are youth and adult sizes and some beanies do not have the stretch that regular stocking caps have. A beanie that is too tight is unwearable.

Mom and Dad, we’re not talking much money here and all these items add very little weight to her golf bag and they don’t cost very much at all. Make it a point to buy these essentials this week and get them in the bag.

See you on #1 tee, looking warm… Sam

Summer Junior Golf: 4 Items That Beat the Heat

imageIn this Wednesday Waggle we’ll look at 4 unique items that beat the heat during summer golf. Depending on exactly your child’s likes, some, all or none of these recommendations may be suitable for her use. (photo of Jason Duffner from golf digest.com)

Let’s take a look:

1. sweatbands for head and wrist. These sound great, but you rarely see them being used. Caps and visors help keep sweat out of the eyes and wristbands often are felt to be uncomfortable or unnecessary. If your child sweats excessively you may want to try the wristbands to help keep the hands dry.

2. towels. These are absolute necessities and your junior golfer should carry at least 2 at all times. We are talking golf towels, not bath towels. Golf towels are about the size of face towels and most have a metal grommet which allows them to be attached to a hook for easy carrying on the golf bag. They can be made of regular terry cloth or a rubbery perforated cloth which is great for cleaning clubs and balls and also may have a slit in the middle for hanging over a club head. There are also some of the super-fabric cloth towels but most of them are a pain and every piece of dirt and grass clings to their fibers Iike glue. Don’t buy these. With 2 towels your daughter can wipe her face, hands and arms with 1 and use the other for cleaning clubs and balls. Dry hands are essential for a proper grip.

3. cooling towels. These are wonderful scientific advancements and they do work. Varieties include a rounded handkerchief-style that you soak and then tie around the neck and a flat style that you soak and carry however you wish. Linda and S3 love this flat style and just remove their cap and put it on their head when walking to the next shot. Try these but know they are pretty much love it or leave it items. My family loves them and I find them cooling but don’t care for the extra moisture.image

4. sunglasses. Another totally individual item. If your child wears prescription glasses, we will address those in a separate post. We believe that S3 plays better when he does not wear sunglasses. Don’t know why, but it seems to be the case over many rounds of golf. If your daughter wears non-prescription sunglasses, you have a world of options and basically cheap sunglasses are not good for your kiddo or their golf game. While I am certain there are several makers of excellent sports sunglasses, we are most familiar with Oakley. Their sunglasses, while a bit pricey, are worth every penny. Oakley is building a complete line of athletic sportswear based on their success in top-quality sunglasses. In the real world you see numbers of young golfers with no glasses, prescription glasses and some sunglasses. These are certainly not essential, but can be helpful.

That’s it for today. I’ll see you and your high-fashion junior golfer on #1 tee… Sam

Junior Golf Tournaments: Last Minute Checklist

imageIn today’s Friday Flop Shot, we’ll go over your last minute check list for junior golf tournaments. It is time to gather everything and head to the golf course. Your child is excited, really everyone is excited and it is easy to forget something important in the thrill of today’s possibilities! (Flop shot photo from offcoursefolfnetwork.com)

Take a breath and lets get started:

1. golf bag and clubs, 14-club maximum by rule.
2. golf balls, tees and 2 gloves
3. a towel or 2, small ones, for cleaning balls and clubs and to wipe face, hands, arms, etc
image4. sunscreen and insect repellent
5. cap, visor, glasses
6. golf shoes

Proper clothing is another requirement. The mindset is that you want to dress nicely out of respect for the game, course and tournament. For boys it is basically wear slacks or Bermuda-length shorts , with belt and collared golf shirts tucked in. Denim shorts, jeans, T-shirts, sleeveless shirts, denim shirts and shirts with inappropriate words or images are not permitted.

Girls are asked to wear blouses with sleeves or sleeveless blouses with collars. The most popular top for female golfers, however, is the polo-style shirt. Turtleneck tops are also widely accepted. Inappropriate tops for the golf course include T-shirts, halters and tank tops. For warm weather, girls are mostly wearing crops, shorts or skorts. Jeans, sun dresses, sweats or athletic pants are all considered improper. (photo from paloaltojrgolf.com)

Last but not least is nutrition and hydration. Make sure your golfer get a good meal, but not too heavy or spicey before teeing off. During the round, which can be as long as 5 hours, your kiddo must have a lot of hydration and additional nutrients. Good clean water is best and some sports drinks are OK as well. Snacks for summer golf are tricky, because some are made inedible by the heat. Foods that work are: gummy bears in the small baggies as the brain must have some glucose. Additional excellent choices are peanut butter crackers, pbj sandwich cut into 4 pieces, small baggies of non-msg beef jerky and health/granola bars. Avoid chocolate as it turns into a nasty mess almost immediately in the summer heat. Remember that in most tournaments, unless you are the caddy, you cannot give you junior golfer anything once they have teed off. So these items must be in the bag.

Your junior golfer needs to drink fluids almost constantly and consume some food, just a few bites,every 3 to 4 holes.

Are you wishing you had reviewed this list last night-lol! Enjoy the tournament, these are some of the best times of your family life!

See you on #1 tee… Sam

The Correct Fit for Your Junior Golfer: Part 3

Welcome to our first Friday Flop Shot. The FFS finishes our weekly focus reminding you to review the Monday Mulligan and Wednesday Waggle. It also provides new related information and encourages you to get some golf activity booked for the weekend😀 The Correct Fit for Your a Junior Golfer: Part 3 takes a brief look at push/pull carts and golf shoes and finishes our Correct Fit series. (Flop shot photo from offcoursegolfnetwork.com)

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Boys, in particular, go through stages of using push/pull carts. Once puberty sets in, carts are not considered “manly” and your son will not use one. This isn’t all bad as carrying your own bag is the norm in junior high, high school and college golf. Your kiddo’s shoulders, back and legs need to get used to carrying an extra 30-pounds for 5 miles. We have 2 carts: an inexpensive pull cart we paid $25.00 for and it is functional. Then a couple of years ago we bought a ClikGear for $220.00. The difference is similar to comparing a cheap bicycle to a Mercedes Benz. I caddy for S3 in the San Antonio Men’s City Championship. This is 54 holes, 18 holes a day for 3 days in late June in San Antonio, Texas. It is hot and afternoon tee times are brutal. The ClikGear is an almost effortless pleasure to push around the course and I will never use the pull cart again, now that the CG is in our family. Here is a photo of our personal ClikGear and we absolutely love it😃 The pull cart, however, depending on your physical needs can be much more comfortable than carrying the bag. Again, the choice is yours and needs can surely change over time. Girls are much more inclined to use carts and end up saving energy for those crucial shots at the end of the round.

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Golf shoes, shoes that are designed for golf are essential. If your kiddo’s feet aren’t happy, your kiddo isn’t happy. Blisters, wet shoes, shoes with no waterproof ability all can make a round of golf a round of misery. Playing in tennis shoes is barely tolerable and here’s why: they may have the foot too high off the ground, may not provide proper lateral support and may not have sufficient traction. The new spikeless golf shoes are much more than just sneaker look-alikes as they meet all the above requirements. With careful shopping you should be able to find a pair of junior golf shoes for under $50.00. Footjoy, Adidas and Nike are very popular trusted brands and Puma, Oakley, Under Armour, Callaway and True Linkswear also make great products. The Golf Warehouse always has some golf shoes on sale.

Now, get your junior golfer and head to the driving range! See you on #1 tee… Sam

Getting Started in Junior Golf… Made Easy – part 1

Parenting a Junior Golfer leads to memories that last a lifetime!

Wow, here we’ve been going into a lot of details about what to do to support and encourage your Junior Golfer, but maybe you’re visiting for the first time and hadn’t consider golf as an option for your youngster… Well here’s our first installment of how to start your child in the wonderful, exciting and healthy world of Junior Golf.

This will begin some of the greatest experiences you, your Junior Golfer and all your family will ever have!

Let’s begin:

1.  Does your child have any interest in golf?  How do you know?

  • Start by asking and taking a trip to the range. let them swing at some balls and watch the excitement in his or her eyes.
  • If your child is very young, under 5 years old, buy a set of plastic clubs at a discount store and let them swing at whiffle balls in the yard.
  • If your child seems to have little interest right now, that’s OK.
  • Expose them to some golf:  have them watch golf on TV with you
    • Let them putt on the carpet and again take a couple of swings at the good old whiffle balls…great, inexpensive training aids.
    • It’s kind of like the kiddo who does not want to go fishing, but you take them anyway.  They really are not too interested until someone catches that first fish.  Then they say, “Do you think I could try that?”
    • Promote Positive Exposure without being pushy.
Wood, putter and iron are shown.

Wood, putter and iron are shown. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2.  Get them some clubs.  Pre-owned children’s/beginner’s sets are readily available.

  • Every golf-related business either has some on hand or knows where you can get some at a very inexpensive price.
  • To get started, your JG needs only a few clubs:  5-iron, 7-iron, 9-iron, pitching wedge, putter and either a 3-wood or 5-wood.
  • U. S Kids Golf makes great clubs for youngsters.
  • As their skills increase, you can upgrade to more clubs and more different types/brands of clubs-skill level compatible.
  • Caution:  make sure the clubs are the correct length for your child.
    •   Clubs that are too long or too short do not give your Junior Golfer much chance of success.
    • Get your child fitted at a major sporting goods store or golf facility.
    • Write down the correct shaft length of the 5-iron that fits your child.
    • While you may be charged for the fitting, you are not obligated to buy clubs from the person that does the fitting.
    • But you do want to buy clubs with a 5-iron that matches the length you wrote down.

3.  Buy a golf bag.  As a rule, buy the lightest bag that their stature allows them to carry.

  • One or two pockets are all they need at this point.
  • Stand bags -the ones with the legs that pop out when you set them down, are super!
  • Buy the size that fits your Junior Golfer, not you.

4.  Buy the best quality golf shoes you can afford.  Top name brands include Adidas, Etonic, Footjoy and Nike among others.

  • Make sure they fit properly.
  • Soft spikes are required on almost every golf course these days
  • Buy a waterproof style if you can afford it.  Wet feet are no fun on the golf course.
  • S3 has worn the Adidas Tour 360 4.0’s for the last 4 years and they are fabulous-a bit pricey, but an excellent value!

5.  Get a glove.  99% of all golfers who wear gloves, wear one on their weak hand.

  • If your Junior Golfer is playing golf right-handed, they would use a glove on their left hand.
  • The best selection of gloves is at the biggest golf stores.
  • If your Junior Golfer needs a Youth or Children’s glove-their hand is smaller than an Adult XS, yes, you need to shop at a big golf store.
  • For the girls, there are a good variety of gloves in very lady-like colors.  Again, go to the bigger golf stores or big sporting goods stores.
  • Gloves serve several purposes:  controlling moisture, controlling grip, helping with feel and with beginners, even stopping the formation of blisters.  And gloves just look good!

Okay, these are the first 5 tips, 5 more to come, we don’t want to overload you… that would be like carrying a full pro’s bag for 18 holes – think of this more as a golf cart version – we want you to enjoy the game, and this blog!

Now get out there and yes… have fun! Sam and Linda

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