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Junior Golf: Emergency Kit

imageIn this Friday Flop Shot let’s discuss what to put in the Emergency Kit for your son to carry in his golf bag. Unexpected situations happen on the golf course and having just a few items on hand can help keep him in competition. (photo from offcoursegolf.com)

A quart-size zipper-style bag is a perfect size to hold some items that your son probably need during one of his tournaments. The goal here is to provide some relief for weird accidents or illnesses that can show up out on the course. Remember, once your son reaches a certain age, maybe 9 or 10 years old, you can’t give him anything once he puts his ball in play. And verbal communication usually is strictly limited, as well. And if caddies are not allowed and his coach is nowhere to be seen and he gets hurt, he’s pretty much on his own unless he needs EMS.

Things we have seen that are disruptive and inconvenient, but still can be played through by your son are: blisters, headaches, seasonal allergies, stingers, bleeding-usually scratches from bushes and trees and brief periods of just not feeling right. So, please check with your medical professional, but here is what we put in the quart bag: bandaides, gauze pads-small, athletic tape, aspirin/ibuprofen, Alleve, Claritin D, small tube of antibiotic ointment and a small tube of sunscreen. Again, with the exception of coaches and caddies, once your son gets around 10 years old, he’s on his own where minor illness and injury are concerned. So the choices are only play through the discomfort or take something from this bag to help with the discomfort or the dreaded WD-withdrawal, which no youngster really ever wants to do.

Here’s our crazy real-life example: S3 was on his final hole of a high school tournament at the Ram Rock Course at Horseshoe Bay in Central Texas, always one of the Top 5 toughest courses in the state. He was playing well, maybe 2-over through 17-holes and just had this tricky par 3 to finish the round. Linda and I were looking back at the tee box from the green and watched in shock as S3 took a practice swing and collapsed on the ground. We rushed down there to find that his left knee had dislocated, causing the collapse. And it popped right back in as he stood up. I mean nobody had ever seen anything like this on the golf course. And like every true competitor, he said, “Dad, I’m finishing this round. It’s only 1-hole.”image

Well, he wasn’t going to die from a dislocation, but I can’t imagine what was going through his mind as he hit his tee shot! Anyway, he bogied the hole, to complete a pretty good round. Please, at least with golf, don’t ever think you’ve seen everything, because our family can assure you that there is always something new and interesting waiting to show up when you are on the golf course. (photo from hsbresort.com)

The total weight of the golf bag is important, so keep the contents of the emergency bag to a minimum. Your son will appreciate, especially in hot weather during the last few holes.

See you on #1 tee… Sam

Beat the Heat – Junior Golfing Tips – part 2

If you can’t stand the heat… don’t parent a junior golfer!

As you know Mom and Dad, the days of playing junior golf tournaments in 75 degree, blue-bird weather, at least in Texas are few and far between.  Our kiddos more than likely will be playing in high heat in the summer and maybe decent, but chilly weather in the winter.

Okay, here’s the second installment of Beat-the-Heat tips, I pray you have taken advantage of the first set. Let me know how you implemented them with your Junior Golfer.

7.  2 Gloves, at least 2 gloves:  Gloves can get soaked with sweat and your JG needs the comfort of having at least 1 extra glove…probably a total of 3 gloves is best. S3 has worn Nike, TaylorMade, and Titleist gloves over his Junior Golf career. He prefers the leather Nike Elite Feel, but his college teammate, Dakota likes the leather Titleist Player’s glove. Gloves come in synthetic or leather, we prefer leather for overall quality, feel and longevity.

8.  Hats, caps and visors:  Bigger brims provide more protection but if it is windy, bigger can become a hassle.  Beginning JG’s may find bigger hats to be uncomfortable or clumsy. Preference plays a big part in the selection, but getting your JG to be comfortable in a cap, hat, or visor may protect them from suffering heat stroke in extreme weather.

9.  Sunscreen and insect repellent:  We prefer organic sunscreens which stop the burning rays while letting in the beneficial rays.  Be sure to put some sunscreen on your Junior Golfer’s ears, nose, back of the neck and forehead. Warding off those flying no-seeums and mosquitoes is no fun especially during a tournament we use a non-toxic repellent found online at www.mercola.com and FYI we do not receive any monetary benefit from this website.

 10.  Eyeglasses:  If your Junior Golfer wears prescription glasses, just make some provision for them not to slide around on the nose or face during their swing.  Contact lenses may perform better for your Junior Golfer if available, or prescription sunglasses. S3 wears non-prescription sunglasses (Oakley’s) about ½ the time –and frankly I think he plays better without them.  Pay attention to how your Junior Golfer plays with and without shades and offer them your input.

11.  Head-bands, wrist-bands and soaking neck towels:  These are a matter of personal preference…of course, as the boys and girls get older –some items are just “unfashionable”.

12.  Follow the tournament rules:  At the recent San Antonio Junior Matchplay Championship, parents were encouraged to give their Junior Golfer’s something to drink as often as possible –between every hole, if necessary, because of the extreme heat –no coaching of course.  There was a course appointed cart bringing wet towels to the competitors.  The safety of our JG’s is paramount for a day of excellence at the golf course and when parents and spectators are given this latitude of additional contact with the players –parents are expected to display their personal integrity and refrain from coaching. (Linda will give us ‘how to’s’ on this in a later post.)

There you go, 12 tips you can put into practice today to prepare your Junior Golfer to beat-the-heat in style.

The time you spend with your Junior Golfer will be some of the best moments in both your lives!  Preparing for inclement weather puts your Junior Golfer at the top of the playing field, weather-wise, with the other players who are prepared –and at a great advantage over the players who are not properly prepared.

We will be posting future preparation tips for rainy and cold days of play. Until then, get out there and have fun!! – Sam

Beat the Heat – Tips for Your Junior Golfer – part 1

Junior golf is not for the weak of heart! Ditto for parenting junior golfers…

Living in South Central Texas means your junior golfer will play a lot of tournaments in hot weather. Heat is a fact of life down here, “hot” is considered 95 degrees and above.
If you live or play where the temperature is a challenge, you need to prepare your JG (Junior Golfer) for the heat.

S3 (our son, Sam III) was five, playing in one of his first tournaments, when he mentioned how hot it was on the golf course. I began preparing him for his future in golf with my answer: “Son you live and play golf in South Texas and it is hot here most of the time. Together we will learn how to deal with the heat and the fact that it is hot, will not affect your game.”

Though he didn’t realize it, S3 was already beating the heat by being properly hydrated and in “golf shape”. In this post and the next, I’ll share some beat-the-heat tips; you can use to prepare your JG.

The Beat the Heat List:

1. Be physically prepared: Your Junior Golfer’s goal is have basically the same energy level at the end of their round as they had on #1 tee. Physical conditioning is paramount. There are a number of convenient ways to get your Junior Golfer in “golf shape”, here are a few:
• He or she should carry their bag and walk rather than ride
• Play 9 holes at least three times a week
• Eat healthy on and off the course (limit processed foods)
Many tournaments are won or lost on the last few holes and being in “golf shape” is a great advantage.

2. Wear light-colored clothing: Choose the dri-fit/quick dry/wicking type of polyester fabric. Be sure to include “wicking” socks…they really help keep your Junior Golfer’s feet comfortable. Nike, Adidas, PGA Tour, and Under Armour are just a few of the great brands we prefer. Check out their websites.

3. Hydrate in advance and during the round: Advance hydration means having your Junior Golfer drink about ½ their body weight in ounces of water every day…for at least 2 or 3 days prior to their event. If he or she weighs 80lbs, it would be 40 ounces. (As a fitness specialist, Linda teaches that everyone should be drinking this much water daily) Hydration choices during the round include: water, sports drinks and green tea (without artificial sweeteners). Our Junior Golfer prefers the original Gatorade or water. Encourage yours to drink throughout the round. Don’t let your Junior Golfer wait until they are thirsty to start drinking – by then they are becoming dehydrated.

4. Be mentally prepared: Following the first three tips will give your Junior Golfer a physical advantage in the heat. He or she also requires mental preparedness and you can help by saying, “You have really prepared well, now let’s go out, have some fun and play golf!”

5. Carry at least 1 large golf towel: A must-have to wipe away sweat, this is invaluable. (Cold watered-down towels are great to place on the neck of your Junior Golfer as well)

6. Keep Energy Level Balanced: Your Junior Golfer is burning a huge amount of calories and they lose many nutrients in their sweat. Performance suffers without nourishment. Foods that hold up in the heat: peanut butter crackers, pb & j sandwiches, fruit snacks, jerky (without msg) and whole-grain bars. Eat a few bites every 3 or 4 holes. S3 has made a tradition of eating ½ of a turkey and cheese sandwich-dry, at the turn. Hamburgers are down the list as they sit heavy on the stomach –maybe ½ a burger only. Hot dogs and sausages are off the list as they sit heavy and greasy. No chocolate –too messy in the heat. Remember –eat light and eat frequently!

Okay, my next post will cover six more tips you can use to beat the heat. Let me hear from you –Sam

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