My team always does a drill where you try to hit every club to the 150 yard flag at your range, you see some very interesting shots!
I'm just starting my 2nd season as a high school golf coach and I want to be more than just a glorified taxi driver. So I have a few questions for all of you. Is there anything that your high school coach did that you felt really helped you? Any drills or practice games or something like that? My team has players that range from single digit handicaps to kids just picking up a club for the first time, and I want to be able to help them all improve. Any tips or tricks that I could use? Thanks.
Hey Coach, how's it going so far?
Unless you're qualified to teach mechanics and technique (by qualified I mean, you are a certified professional; basic knowledge from playing golf yourself does not count) I would suggest you steer clear of trying to teach anyone, even someone completely new to the game, anything about the golf swing. If you want to bring some teaching aspect into the program, see if a local pro will volunteer some time to come help out (they may end up getting some paid lesson clients out of the deal).
A previous poster mentioned short game and putting being the key to winning at the high school level. I couldn't disagree more. There is no such thing as a key to winning other then simply getting the ball into the hole in fewer shots then the competition. My philosophy is that every golfers steps onto the tee with his/her game for that day. It might be their A game, it might only be their D+ game, but whatever they have that day they have to find a way to get the most out of it. In my experience, and others may have a different opinion, course management and developing a game plan on how you want to play the course before you tee off can make a big difference. High School kids are no different then any other golfer in that they hit too little club and hit driver way too much. Having a plan in advance that says they hit 3W off this tee and take one club more then they think they need and swing a bit easier can be very effective at managing their game and the course.
That's what I would do if I were you. a couple of days before the tournament I would map out a route around the course and then encourage the kids to hit each shot on the range leading up to the tournament as if they were playing the round. Driver, wedge. 3W, 9-iron. Driver, 9-iron, etc. I would caution not to push the same game plan on everyone. Some kids might be very comfortable with the driver, others might hate their 7-iron. Customize the game plan with each player to fit their game, then after the tournament you can talk with them about how well they followed the game plan, where they had to adapt, where they made mistakes, and what they learned for next time.
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I feel like junior golf is largely about not 3 putting and not going OB. Also try to make every stroke the kids take have some form of pressure associated with it like other posters stated, but I'd give it some time first
Hey Coach, how's it going so far?
Well we're halfway through the season and we're in second place in our conference. We started slow but have played well our last 2 matches. We're averaging somewhere between 320 and 330 as a team (counting 4 scores). The talent level here in central PA isn't the best. I have 2 guys who can consistently break 80, but after that it's a crapshoot. Still a lot of work that needs to be done between now and the district tournament at the beginning of October. Thanks for asking!
Bumping this old thread with a question I didn't see anywhere else. For HS teams, what is the best way (or recommended way) to determine who plays in the lineup for a match or tournament? If you are able to have a team of five for a tournament, or six for a match, how do you "rank" the team to determine who plays in slots 1-5 or 1-6?
My son's team has no organized system, and the coach is asking for recommendations. Is there an app or system that you coaches use?
As with most teams, there are a few players who are no brainers to play in matches/tournaments (but even then, who is #1, who is #2, etc. which I guess doesn't matter for stroke play but you'd ideally want your best player playing alongside the other team's best player), but then it gets pretty blurry around the second group of players.
There's definitely something more important that I should be doing.
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You have qualifying matches just like they do in college. They will vary how they select them, but always have qualifying. Sometimes top 5 scores, sometimes top 3 and then the others as coaches picks. Definitely don’t select your team by seniority.