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Junior Golf: Short Game Practice Pays Off Big Time

In today’s Wednesday Waggle we will look at how focus in one particular area of your daughter’s/son’s golf game can really pay off.

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Time and time again as you listen to the PGA and LPGA tournament broadcasts you will hear the announcers repeat things that must happen if a player is to have a chance to win any golf tournament.

Some of those golden nuggets are:
You must putt well to win
You must make a couple of 20 to 30-foot putts to win
You have to make up-and-downs to win
You need a good greenside sand/bunker game to win

What do these items have in common? They are all part of golf’s short game. Every golf instructor worth her/his salt will tell you that the fastest way to lower your junior golfer’s score is to improve their short game. This includes chipping, putting and greenside sand/bunker shots.

Here’s a perfect example from last weekend Player’s Championship. Si Woo Kim became the youngest player in history to win the prestigious Player’s Championship at just 21 years of age. His final round stats provide a different picture than you might expect. Kim missed 10 greens and made par every time. That’s a 100% rate folks, short game perfection. The shot repertory included an amazing hybrid from just off the green, pitch shots, chip shots and beautiful greenside bunker shots. And he made every 1 of the 10 putts that followed resulting in a 3-shot winning margin!

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Periodically you’ll hear of a pro that’s in contention on Sunday that’s made everything all week from 3 feet and in or from 5 feet and in or even from 10 feet and in. Next you might hear that he/she is leading the field in par saves, up-and-downs or sand saves. Mom and Dad, these are not accidents. The great players have the great short games that are necessary for a victory.

Chipping, putting, sand shots around the green are fun and easy to do and the chipping and putting can be practiced at home. Golf Channel Academy has a ton of input and instruction in this area as does almost every show on GC. Take advantage of them. Download the app. Go online to the big golf sites and see what’s on sale. Take some action. You can practice your short game too! Make it a family affair!

See you on #1 tee ready to see your good short game… Sam

Junior Golf:Make More Time For Golf

In today’s Monday Mulligan we have a found an easy way to make more time for golf, particularly now that there is less daylight in the afternoon and early evening.image
How on earth does a parent find more time for practice or play when everybody’s day is already full? It gets dark by 5:30 or 6:00pm and there’s dinner and homework so how can you expand the clock to get the additional hours of golf time? (image jennleforge.com)
Gary Player talks about his youth, working as a teenager at the local country club. It opened at 7:00am so Gary always arrived an hour early, at 6:00am and spent the whole hour hitting shots out of the sand trap. This is, of course, how Mr. Player became legendary as the greatest “bunker/sand” shot maker in the history of golf. Nothing like hitting bunker shots at least 5 hours a week for 3 or 4 years to learn how to do it properly!image
S3 was starting his freshman year in high school and he felt like he needed to spend more time on the range. His afternoons were already full with golf team practice so what could we do? Tim, S3’s swing coach showed us how to turn on the lights at his driving range and set out some balls for us the night before. And he told the local police what we were doing. So for his whole 1st semester of high school we were at the range by 5:30am, hitting balls for an hour under the lights, went back home for breakfast and then to school by 7:45am. A full morning and a really full day, but well worth it! (Gary Player image Golf Today)
Mom and Dad, get creative. Is there a range nearby that might work something out with you? Well, you don’t know until you ask. Early, very early mornings aren’t for everybody, but then not everybody is trying to get a college golf scholarship. Help your junior golfer learn about sacrifice, learn about going beyond what everybody else is doing. It’s the stuff champions are made of!
See you on #1 tee bright and early… Sam

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