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Junior Golf: 2nd Must Have Piece Of Inexpensive Rain Gear

In this Friday Flop Shot we will continue our recommendations of inexpensive rain gear that is absolutely critical to your son’s/daughter’s ability to play, hopefully reasonably well, in wet weather. (image offcoursegolf.com)img_0106-1

The most important item was previously covered and that item is the wetter is better style of golf gloves made by several quality brands and pretty much available everywhere. As we mentioned, these gloves allow your youngster to have a good grip on the club in the rain. If a player is unable to hold onto the club, there is no way to play golf. The other rain gear you have, no matter the quality, is irrelevant if your son can’t hold onto the club.

The 2nd must have item is likely already in inventory and that would be an effective way to keep the rain out of your child’s eyes. We’re not talking about glasses here. In addition to the obvious need for clear vision/sight, your junior golfer, no golfer for that matter needs the challenge of trying to hit a shot, chip or putt while rain is hitting them squarely in the eyes.

So, the item is: a cap or hat that covers the head and has enough bill or rim to protect the eyes. Our family loves visors but in rain that is heavier than fog or mist, they allow too much moisture onto the hair and head and end up being more of a pain than an advantage. If your budget allows, you can get a waterproof and breatheable cap or hat. These can be comfortably worn in any weather, but really are helpful on a rainy day. The water sheds off them and since they’re not absorbing water, they don’t get soggy and heavy. They are genuinely a wonderful piece of equipment!
Expect to pay in the $25-$50 range for a waterproof cap or hat, sometimes called bucket hat.

While the breatheable/waterproof hats and caps are not as widely found as regular caps, many stores carry them, but you might have to ask for help finding them. Online sellers are numerous, so there’s not much effort involved in getting your hands on one. Please be certain to confirm your kiddo’s hat/cap size. Keep in mind that most caps have adjustable bands, but most hats are of a fixed size. Does your child wear a youth cap size? This is important to know if you are searching online.

Hats and caps are important items and should be worn pretty much all the time at the range and on the golf course. Just take a look at the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, Web.Com Tour or European Tour. Count how many players are bare-headed. Did you need more than 1 hand? There are many very good reasons they are wearing hats, caps and visors.

See you on #1 tee with a good-looking cap on… Sam

Junior Golf: Change Is Good

In this Monday Mulligan we will look at change and why, in the great majority of cases, change is good. (image jennleforge.com)image

Charlie Strong, head football coach at my alma mater, The University of Texas, was fired Saturday and replaced by Tom Herman. This is a rather obvious example of good change because Coach Strong had 3 consecutive losing seasons, which is totally unacceptable at UT, and he had to go. We’ll see how Coach Herman does, but in any case, a change had to be made and made now. The losing could not be tolerated any longer. Optimism is once again in the air at The University of Texas football program.

Another great outcome of change was Ryan Moore’s dramatic improvement in his finishes on the PGA Tour, after changing golf balls. He went from middle-of-the-pack to Top 5 or Top 10 finishes and played his way onto the Ryder Cup squad where he clinched the winning point. Talk about positive results from change!image

So Dad and Mom, change something for your junior golfer. I’m not talking swing changes here. I mean a new ridiculous head cover that causes her to smile every time she looks at her bag! Or buy some colored golf balls. Or buy a different brand of golf balls, proper compression of course. Shop for new golf shoes. Perhaps get 1 of the new floppy hats which provide great protection for the ears and back of the neck. And there’s always some new practice aide that can be used in the backyard or even in the house. We are big fans of putting aides. They are an excellent way to shave off some strokes. Let’s use change to have fun!image

Inject a little fun in the game. Smiles are relaxing and we all know our kids can use some more relaxation on the golf course. (images global golf and roxy)

See you on #1 tee smiling… Sam

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: The Best Sunscreen and More

imageThis Wednesday Waggle will wrap up our summer junior golf sunscreen coverage by naming the best sunscreen and providing more helpful hints. Protecting an outdoor athlete’s skin is very important and we hope you will take action on some of the information that has been offered. (Jason Duffner photo from golf digest.com)

In order to maximize your youngster’s skin protection, there are some items which are very beneficial:

1. drink plenty of water on a regular daily basis. We have already discussed hydration during practice and tournaments.

2. use antioxidants to help build an internal network of protection against sunburn. By eating foods high in these your kiddo is not only benefitting his skin, but the rest of his body as well. Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries have high some of the higher antioxidant concentrations. Most whole fresh vegetables and fruits, not fruit juices, are good sources.

3. moisturize your child’s skin before going outside. Organic coconut oil is an excellent choice.

4. OK, the best sunscreen, what is it? I know you’ve been on pins and needles! The EWG (Environmental Working Group) says: “The best sunscreen is a hat and a shirt. No chemicals to absorb through the skin, no questions about whether they work.”

imageBack in my childhood we would spend all day long at the beach, in and out of the water and when we were concerned about sunburn, what did we do? We put on a shirt and if we got burned, guess what, it was the skin not covered by the shirt! Yes, some wisdom is timeless. (photo by blitz conditioning.com)

There is a most interesting app called D-Minder. It has solid information about details of sun exposure at latitude and longitude and can answer a number of questions about the sun exposure in your geographic area. Quite informative.

You can spend your whole life studying sunburn, sunscreen and skin disease, so our information here is not even the tip of the iceberg. I encourage you to take control of your family’s health and make informed decisions.

See you on #1 tee and I don’t want to see your young golfer covered in white lotion… Sam.

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