Kick-off to the Madden’s Junior Golf Season!
Madden’s Junior Golf starts this week and runs through August 2017. It’s not too late to sign up!
Here are a couple of tips to focus on with your junior golfer.
When you bring your child to the golf course, keep in mind, complicated instruction is not going to be beneficial. We have found that creating an environment that presents challenges and fun games is a great way to grow your child’s love for the game.
Stick to the basics of the golf swing and the five fundamentals: grip, aim, stance, posture and ball position.
In my experience success in our junior programs comes from teaching these fundamentals from the ground up and allowing players to improve these essential skills as they grow in the game. Then you can add in fun games that teach the importance of competition, maintaining a positive attitude and consistency to maximize your game and take it to the next level.
The “11-Point Game” is one of our favorites. You can play with any number of people. 1 person picks a location to chip from and which hole on the practice green. Whoever chips it closest gets points: 1pt = outside of putter length, 2pts = inside club length, 3pts = inside grip, 4pts = hole out. The winner of the point(s) selects the next location to chip from. First person to 11pts wins. It’s a great competition for kids, but adults love it too!
The ultimate goal is to have each player striving to improve during and after each session while making sure that having fun on the golf course is always a priority. Young players learn better in a fun learning environment.
We look forward to seeing you and your children on the golf course this summer!
–Ryan Sharpe, Teaching Professional Madden’s on Gull Lake