What do we think of this?

www.golfwrx.com/526952/want-to-be-an-elite-junior-golfer-play-a-shorter-and-easier-home-course/

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  • dpb5031dpb5031 Members Posts: 5,018 ✭✭
    I read it and believe the premise has merit. Shooting low, under par scores is something that needs to be learned. There's often a psychological component that must be overcome. As the child grows, gets stronger/longer, and smarter he/she can take that scoring ability and apply it to longer courses.
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  • heavy_hitterheavy_hitter Members Posts: 3,003 ✭✭
    I believe it. That is why I always have my kid play from the shorter tees every now and then. Playing from 6500 yards can be a struggle because his distance just isn't there yet. Every so often will play him from the shorter tees to get a feel of what it is like to score.
  • leezer99leezer99 I swear I am quitting this site every day... Members Posts: 962 ✭✭
    I believe it. That is why I always have my kid play from the shorter tees every now and then. Playing from 6500 yards can be a struggle because his distance just isn't there yet. Every so often will play him from the shorter tees to get a feel of what it is like to score.


    Same reason we'll play from US Kids yardages at our home course. One par 3 is 180 yards but us kids plays it at 100... Much easier to score with a PW than a 4h. Another par 3 we have is 230 yards... US Kids just plays it as a par 4.

    There's definitely something more important that I should be doing.

  • heavy_hitterheavy_hitter Members Posts: 3,003 ✭✭
    leezer99 wrote:

    I believe it. That is why I always have my kid play from the shorter tees every now and then. Playing from 6500 yards can be a struggle because his distance just isn't there yet. Every so often will play him from the shorter tees to get a feel of what it is like to score.


    Same reason we'll play from US Kids yardages at our home course. One par 3 is 180 yards but us kids plays it at 100... Much easier to score with a PW than a 4h. Another par 3 we have is 230 yards... US Kids just plays it as a par 4.




    I am going to middle school golf practice tomorrow and having the 8th graders play from the forward tees. Just to have fun and to shoot low. May do the same thing at the match on Thursday.
  • leezer99leezer99 I swear I am quitting this site every day... Members Posts: 962 ✭✭

    leezer99 wrote:

    I believe it. That is why I always have my kid play from the shorter tees every now and then. Playing from 6500 yards can be a struggle because his distance just isn't there yet. Every so often will play him from the shorter tees to get a feel of what it is like to score.


    Same reason we'll play from US Kids yardages at our home course. One par 3 is 180 yards but us kids plays it at 100... Much easier to score with a PW than a 4h. Another par 3 we have is 230 yards... US Kids just plays it as a par 4.




    I am going to middle school golf practice tomorrow and having the 8th graders play from the forward tees. Just to have fun and to shoot low. May do the same thing at the match on Thursday.




    Throw in some driveable par 4's with lots of greenside trouble and see who lays up and who goes for it. Should tell you a lot about their confidence.

    There's definitely something more important that I should be doing.

  • tiger1873tiger1873 Members Posts: 1,010 ✭✭
    It makes sense but you also need a course that you can play at different distances too. Some courses have forced carry on almost every hole and playing up means you have to layup almost every time.



    The problem I seen with most tough courses is you either have the shot or don't. In a lot cases they are poorly designed because you need to land in a certain spot in order to hit the green and you have no way to recover if you don't layup. Learning how to par a hole after a bad shot is an essential skill they need to learn.
  • heavy_hitterheavy_hitter Members Posts: 3,003 ✭✭
    tiger1873 wrote:


    Learning how to par a hole after a bad shot is an essential skill they need to learn.




    That doesn't mean the course has to be difficult.
  • tiger1873tiger1873 Members Posts: 1,010 ✭✭
    edited Sep 17, 2018 #9

    tiger1873 wrote:


    Learning how to par a hole after a bad shot is an essential skill they need to learn.




    That doesn't mean the course has to be difficult.




    Yes it doesn't need to be difficult. But you do want some elements of challenge lots of executive courses with no hazards that are cheap and short but not really good to play.



    I tend to think Fazio Designed courses in general are great courses to learn how to play and would tend to not want a Pete Dye type of target golf course. I am sure there are other designers out there as well but those two come to my mind.
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