JUNIOR GOLF PROGRAMS
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GET STARTED by introducing a young person to golf! You should first consider getting them into a youth golf program. This will give them a chance to learn with their peers, and usually these programs are low cost and do not require equipment. A good youth program provides golf instruction, equipment, and access to a golf course. You will have to take your child out to practice outside of the program clinics to ensure improvement. It helps if you are learning with them!
LEVEL UP their game! If your junior has outgrown the junior golf program, it's time to "take it up a notch"! First, get private instruction for them to get training that will help them improve where needed. If you have a good pro teaching the junior program, consider asking them for private lessons. Next, it's time to play in junior leagues and tournaments. Some courses have junior leagues that play at least once week. This is a great way to get your junior playing 9 or 18 holes regularly. Additionally, they should play a few tournaments each season. This will help them to see where they stand among their peers across the city, state, and even country. Be sure to have buy-in from your junior, so they do not get turned off from the game.
COLLEGE BOUND golfers have a few things to consider. . . First thing your junior must be able play 18 holes of golf and secure a GHIN Handicap. This will make them more desirable to coaches and candidates for scholarships. Most collegiate players are able to shoot under 100, but it is best to contact the coaches of the schools you are interested in to find out what scores they are looking for. Tournament play outside of high school team golf competition is a must. This will give your junior exposure to other golfers that they could be matched up against in college.