The great thing about the PGA Junior Golf League is that new
junior golfers are exposed to new people their age, both as
partners and teammates and as unknown competitors from area
clubs. The two-person scramble allows for kids to feel the heat
of competition, but not alone.
-The season is just the right length (June and July)and yet players
who excel can look ahead to the another challenge of an All Star
league after the regular season. Parents can be involved but are
relegated to a gallery, not a coaching position.
I was pleased with the demeanor of all the Shadow Hills children
attending our season opening clinic and will be honored,
along with assistant professional, Brandon Hepner, to introduce
some, and encourage all the participants going through the season
of practices and matches. I welcome input from parents and
have high expectations for a fun summer of golf.
Junior Camp is Coming Up in July…See the pro shop to sign up!
Pat Fitzsimons, Teaching professional
Junior League Captain
One thing a golfer can and should bring to a golf lesson is a well defined need. Before putting yourself in the hands of your instructor and letting him/her dictate the action, the perspective student should have a specific area of the game that he/she wants greater satisfaction. The teacher should be able to focus in on your area of dissatisfaction and by teamwork, you both begin to cure the grievance.
Prepare yourself to confront your dissatisfaction with reasonable expectation and a goal of improving your weakness with information, practice and coaching. Your hope is to gain the necessary information and encouragement to know competence at a part of the game where you before had doubt.
Beginning golfers are hoping to make the game which seems hard and awkward, become an activity that is fun and has an upward trend. They want to hit shots they haven’t hit before, shoot a good score on the shorter holes, not hold up other golfers on the course and to attempt to shoot their best ever nine or eighteen. They want information on how to use the different clubs in their bag and rules and golf etiquette.
Some players are serious about competition. They hope to learn how to make repairs to their game in the course of a tournament round, or between rounds of an event. They may wish to know the nuance of shaping and flighting different shots. They want to be able to perform in competition the same way that they play in less stressful situations. The competitive golfer has goals or needs goals to chase. They might want help with their equipment to make sure it is helping, not hurting their play.
Try to write a paragraph about what it is that you want from a lesson. Your instructor/coach will be happy to expand on your words and help you define your hopes for more fulfillment at the different facets of a fascinating, complex game.