Looking for a teacher for my son

Shanks2424Shanks2424 Members Posts: 241 ✭✭
My son Gavin is 8 turning 9 in February. I wanted to get him some lessons from a good teacher. We live in Bethalto Illinois. I am 45 miles north of St Louis Missouri. I feel like getting him some lessons from a pro that works with juniors would be better then me. When it comes to the golf swing I feel like I know enough to help him but I am dad. He tends not to listen to me and figured someone that's not dad would be a better fit.
Brad's Bag 2019
Driver- Titleist 910 D3 8.5 Fujikura Speeder Pro TS Stiff
3 Wood- Titleist 909 F3 15* Matrix HD9 Stiff
Hybrid- Adams A12 Pro 18* Project X PXI 6.0
3-PW- Mizuno MP57 3-PW TT Dynamic Gold S300
Wedges-Cleveland 588 Forged Raw 54/58 TT Dynamic Gold S300
Putter- Odyssey Tank 1 34 Inches Super Stroke Flatso 1.0
Ball- Titleist Pro V1
Bag Ogio Woode Stand Bag
 Grips Lamkin Crossline 58 Round 2 Wraps of Tape

Gavin's Bad 9 Year old son
Driver- Cobra Fly Z 12.5 Junior Cobra Shaft
4Wood- Cobra Amp 16.5 Cobra Junior Shaft[/background]
Hybrid- ???????
6-PW Cobra Max Apollo Junior Steel Shaft
Wedges- Cobra Max 50*  Cobra Pur 56* Apollo Junior Steel Shaft
Putter- Odyssey Metal X Rossie Super Stroke Ultra Slim 1.0
Ball- Titleist DTtru Soft.
Bag- Maxfli Black and Blue Junior Bag
Winn Dritec on Driver and 3 Wood
Golf Pride Junior Tour Velvet On Irons and Wedges.

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  • jj9000jj9000 ClubWRX Posts: 2,632 ClubWRX
    Shanks2424 wrote:
    He tends not to listen to me and figured someone that's not dad would be a better fit.




    Welcome to the club.



    Regardless of how much you know...and how little a 3rd party may know...father doesn't know jack in their eyes.



    Drives me crazy.
  • heavy_hitterheavy_hitter Members Posts: 3,067 ✭✭
    edited Dec 6, 2018 #3
    jj9000 wrote:
    Shanks2424 wrote:
    He tends not to listen to me and figured someone that's not dad would be a better fit.




    Welcome to the club.



    Regardless of how much you know...and how little a 3rd party may know...father doesn't know jack in their eyes.



    Drives me crazy.




    Truth. Tired of paying for the same thing his coach will tell him.
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  • wlmwlm Members Posts: 94 ✭✭
    Just a thought that I read somewhere ... often times constructive “advice” or coaching from a parent is construed by a child as a criticism, even when not intended that way. So the child goes into defense mode...which can include the idea that said parent doesn’t know anything image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />. I think that is at least part of the reason why a third party instructor is a good idea. Then mom/dad can be spectators and supporters.
  • TigerMomTigerMom Members Posts: 215 ✭✭
    this is highly dependent on culture



    young American children do not have the same honor and respect for parents that other countries' kids do
  • jj9000jj9000 ClubWRX Posts: 2,632 ClubWRX
    TigerMom wrote:


    this is highly dependent on culture



    young American children do not have the same honor and respect for parents that other countries' kids do




    I like broad brush-stroke generalizations.



    Watch this...young American children have more honor and respect for parents that other countries' kids do.
  • wlmwlm Members Posts: 94 ✭✭
    I think culture may dictate how the child shows their response, but I don't think it changes the fact that children often tend to process coaching from a parent as a criticism. That's the point.
  • TigerMomTigerMom Members Posts: 215 ✭✭
    jj9000 wrote:

    TigerMom wrote:


    this is highly dependent on culture



    young American children do not have the same honor and respect for parents that other countries' kids do




    I like broad brush-stroke generalizations.



    Watch this...young American children have more honor and respect for parents that other countries' kids do.




    I'm glad you like it
  • BertGABertGA Members Posts: 279 ✭✭
    wlm wrote:
    Just a thought that I read somewhere ... often times constructive “advice” or coaching from a parent is construed by a child as a criticism, even when not intended that way. So the child goes into defense mode...which can include the idea that said parent doesn’t know anything image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />. I think that is at least part of the reason why a third party instructor is a good idea. Then mom/dad can be spectators and supporters.






    Yeah, have found this out through experience, and some reading. My daughter doesn't want me to judge her stroke, or provide commentary on the outcome. She wants me to be there, to have fun and to provide support.
  • Shanks2424Shanks2424 Members Posts: 241 ✭✭
    jj9000 wrote:

    Shanks2424 wrote:
    He tends not to listen to me and figured someone that's not dad would be a better fit.




    Welcome to the club.



    Regardless of how much you know...and how little a 3rd party may know...father doesn't know jack in their eyes.



    Drives me crazy.


    That is so the truth
    Brad's Bag 2019
    Driver- Titleist 910 D3 8.5 Fujikura Speeder Pro TS Stiff
    3 Wood- Titleist 909 F3 15* Matrix HD9 Stiff
    Hybrid- Adams A12 Pro 18* Project X PXI 6.0
    3-PW- Mizuno MP57 3-PW TT Dynamic Gold S300
    Wedges-Cleveland 588 Forged Raw 54/58 TT Dynamic Gold S300
    Putter- Odyssey Tank 1 34 Inches Super Stroke Flatso 1.0
    Ball- Titleist Pro V1
    Bag Ogio Woode Stand Bag
     Grips Lamkin Crossline 58 Round 2 Wraps of Tape

    Gavin's Bad 9 Year old son
    Driver- Cobra Fly Z 12.5 Junior Cobra Shaft
    4Wood- Cobra Amp 16.5 Cobra Junior Shaft[/background]
    Hybrid- ???????
    6-PW Cobra Max Apollo Junior Steel Shaft
    Wedges- Cobra Max 50*  Cobra Pur 56* Apollo Junior Steel Shaft
    Putter- Odyssey Metal X Rossie Super Stroke Ultra Slim 1.0
    Ball- Titleist DTtru Soft.
    Bag- Maxfli Black and Blue Junior Bag
    Winn Dritec on Driver and 3 Wood
    Golf Pride Junior Tour Velvet On Irons and Wedges.
  • BertGABertGA Members Posts: 279 ✭✭
    TigerMom wrote:
    this is highly dependent on culture young American children do not have the same honor and respect for parents that other countries' kids do




    Alternate view: Parent's determination of what is best for their kids is often not really what is best for the child. Let's be honest, very few of us have taken any courses or studied research on how to parent. We mostly 1) figure it out as we go and 2) base our parenting on either a blind adherence to what our parents did, or a knee-jerk reaction to absolutely NEVER do what they did.
  • Shanks2424Shanks2424 Members Posts: 241 ✭✭
    leezer99 wrote:


    I don't think anyone has answered OP's question.



    Mr. 2424 - I would recommend looking at your local courses for instructors that are working with other juniors. Part of making this a success is ease of access. If you have to travel or if getting to the course is more of an inconvenience than it needs to be then you are less likely to follow through with it. You can find a lot of good junior instruction just by looking at Instagram... junior coaches typically love posting that stuff online.


    I was asking for suggestions he had a coach that he did a group lessons with but he moved to Kansas City and he realy helped Gavin but I am looking for local I dont care about driving 45 mins for a lesson. Our home course was StoneWolf Golf Course in Fairview Heights Illinois and thats 35 mins away. I can look up pros in my area but what i was asking was other parents suggestions in my area thats all
    Brad's Bag 2019
    Driver- Titleist 910 D3 8.5 Fujikura Speeder Pro TS Stiff
    3 Wood- Titleist 909 F3 15* Matrix HD9 Stiff
    Hybrid- Adams A12 Pro 18* Project X PXI 6.0
    3-PW- Mizuno MP57 3-PW TT Dynamic Gold S300
    Wedges-Cleveland 588 Forged Raw 54/58 TT Dynamic Gold S300
    Putter- Odyssey Tank 1 34 Inches Super Stroke Flatso 1.0
    Ball- Titleist Pro V1
    Bag Ogio Woode Stand Bag
     Grips Lamkin Crossline 58 Round 2 Wraps of Tape

    Gavin's Bad 9 Year old son
    Driver- Cobra Fly Z 12.5 Junior Cobra Shaft
    4Wood- Cobra Amp 16.5 Cobra Junior Shaft[/background]
    Hybrid- ???????
    6-PW Cobra Max Apollo Junior Steel Shaft
    Wedges- Cobra Max 50*  Cobra Pur 56* Apollo Junior Steel Shaft
    Putter- Odyssey Metal X Rossie Super Stroke Ultra Slim 1.0
    Ball- Titleist DTtru Soft.
    Bag- Maxfli Black and Blue Junior Bag
    Winn Dritec on Driver and 3 Wood
    Golf Pride Junior Tour Velvet On Irons and Wedges.
  • wildcatdenwildcatden China Cat Sunflower Members Posts: 875 ✭✭
    Shanks2424 wrote:

    leezer99 wrote:


    I don't think anyone has answered OP's question.



    Mr. 2424 - I would recommend looking at your local courses for instructors that are working with other juniors. Part of making this a success is ease of access. If you have to travel or if getting to the course is more of an inconvenience than it needs to be then you are less likely to follow through with it. You can find a lot of good junior instruction just by looking at Instagram... junior coaches typically love posting that stuff online.


    I was asking for suggestions he had a coach that he did a group lessons with but he moved to Kansas City and he realy helped Gavin but I am looking for local I dont care about driving 45 mins for a lesson. Our home course was StoneWolf Golf Course in Fairview Heights Illinois and thats 35 mins away. I can look up pros in my area but what i was asking was other parents suggestions in my area thats all




    Do you play US Kids Local tournaments? Contact your tour director as they may have some suggestions.
  • Shanks2424Shanks2424 Members Posts: 241 ✭✭
    wildcatden wrote:

    Shanks2424 wrote:

    leezer99 wrote:


    I don't think anyone has answered OP's question.



    Mr. 2424 - I would recommend looking at your local courses for instructors that are working with other juniors. Part of making this a success is ease of access. If you have to travel or if getting to the course is more of an inconvenience than it needs to be then you are less likely to follow through with it. You can find a lot of good junior instruction just by looking at Instagram... junior coaches typically love posting that stuff online.


    I was asking for suggestions he had a coach that he did a group lessons with but he moved to Kansas City and he realy helped Gavin but I am looking for local I dont care about driving 45 mins for a lesson. Our home course was StoneWolf Golf Course in Fairview Heights Illinois and thats 35 mins away. I can look up pros in my area but what i was asking was other parents suggestions in my area thats all




    Do you play US Kids Local tournaments? Contact your tour director as they may have some suggestions.
    We have not yet we were thinking about trying it out this year.
    Brad's Bag 2019
    Driver- Titleist 910 D3 8.5 Fujikura Speeder Pro TS Stiff
    3 Wood- Titleist 909 F3 15* Matrix HD9 Stiff
    Hybrid- Adams A12 Pro 18* Project X PXI 6.0
    3-PW- Mizuno MP57 3-PW TT Dynamic Gold S300
    Wedges-Cleveland 588 Forged Raw 54/58 TT Dynamic Gold S300
    Putter- Odyssey Tank 1 34 Inches Super Stroke Flatso 1.0
    Ball- Titleist Pro V1
    Bag Ogio Woode Stand Bag
     Grips Lamkin Crossline 58 Round 2 Wraps of Tape

    Gavin's Bad 9 Year old son
    Driver- Cobra Fly Z 12.5 Junior Cobra Shaft
    4Wood- Cobra Amp 16.5 Cobra Junior Shaft[/background]
    Hybrid- ???????
    6-PW Cobra Max Apollo Junior Steel Shaft
    Wedges- Cobra Max 50*  Cobra Pur 56* Apollo Junior Steel Shaft
    Putter- Odyssey Metal X Rossie Super Stroke Ultra Slim 1.0
    Ball- Titleist DTtru Soft.
    Bag- Maxfli Black and Blue Junior Bag
    Winn Dritec on Driver and 3 Wood
    Golf Pride Junior Tour Velvet On Irons and Wedges.
  • Kenny Lee PuckettKenny Lee Puckett Members Posts: 3,460 ✭✭
    edited Dec 5, 2018 #15
    he's only turning 9, and this isn't even until February?



    please sir, take a pass on formal "lessons". he'll be burnt out by all of you before he even gets to 12,13,14 (when lessons should begin).



    edit: current instruction should be as complicated as "go ahead and grip it an rip it buddy".
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  • mrshinsamrshinsa Members Posts: 172 ✭✭


    he's only turning 9, and this isn't even until February?



    please sir, take a pass on formal "lessons". he'll be burnt out by all of you before he even gets to 12,13,14 (when lessons should begin).



    edit: current instruction should be as complicated as "go ahead and grip it an rip it buddy".




    this
  • Shanks2424Shanks2424 Members Posts: 241 ✭✭
    edited Dec 5, 2018 #17


    he's only turning 9, and this isn't even until February?



    please sir, take a pass on formal "lessons". he'll be burnt out by all of you before he even gets to 12,13,14 (when lessons should begin).



    edit: current instruction should be as complicated as "go ahead and grip it an rip it buddy".




    For one he has had lessons at our home golf course and he enjoyed it. I took lesson when I was his age and I am 34 and I have not lost my love for the game I am not pushing my son to play he pushes me to play more. I played more golf last year then I have in the last 5 years because of my son. I have not been able to play because of my job. But now that I have better hours and dont work on the weekend he is the one that makes me want to play on the weekends instead of just going to the range. He was the one that asked me to sign him up for drive chip and putt. He is the one that is always watching golf on youtube and I catch him putting in his room by himself. The reason for getting him lessons is he listens better to other people about sports then he dose dad. After drive chip and putt this year he asked his Grandfather my dad who taught me the game to help him with his driver. My dad cant always help him with his game because of my dads job and his bad back. So please refrain from telling me what to do or not to do I started this topic to find out what suggestions into what PGA Teaching pros in the St Louis area are suggested.
    Brad's Bag 2019
    Driver- Titleist 910 D3 8.5 Fujikura Speeder Pro TS Stiff
    3 Wood- Titleist 909 F3 15* Matrix HD9 Stiff
    Hybrid- Adams A12 Pro 18* Project X PXI 6.0
    3-PW- Mizuno MP57 3-PW TT Dynamic Gold S300
    Wedges-Cleveland 588 Forged Raw 54/58 TT Dynamic Gold S300
    Putter- Odyssey Tank 1 34 Inches Super Stroke Flatso 1.0
    Ball- Titleist Pro V1
    Bag Ogio Woode Stand Bag
     Grips Lamkin Crossline 58 Round 2 Wraps of Tape

    Gavin's Bad 9 Year old son
    Driver- Cobra Fly Z 12.5 Junior Cobra Shaft
    4Wood- Cobra Amp 16.5 Cobra Junior Shaft[/background]
    Hybrid- ???????
    6-PW Cobra Max Apollo Junior Steel Shaft
    Wedges- Cobra Max 50*  Cobra Pur 56* Apollo Junior Steel Shaft
    Putter- Odyssey Metal X Rossie Super Stroke Ultra Slim 1.0
    Ball- Titleist DTtru Soft.
    Bag- Maxfli Black and Blue Junior Bag
    Winn Dritec on Driver and 3 Wood
    Golf Pride Junior Tour Velvet On Irons and Wedges.
  • Pinewood GolferPinewood Golfer Members Posts: 129 ✭✭
    jj9000 wrote:

    Shanks2424 wrote:
    He tends not to listen to me and figured someone that's not dad would be a better fit.




    Welcome to the club.



    Regardless of how much you know...and how little a 3rd party may know...father doesn't know jack in their eyes.



    Drives me crazy.




    My son’s coach is great. He actually incorporates the father-son dynamic into the lessons. He “coaches” me on what to say—in front of my child, and gets my son to agree to the advice that’s being given to ME. Then, when we are away from the coach and I talk, it’s only the things his coach has said. It’s still not 100% successful but it’s much better than if I did it on my own
  • BertGABertGA Members Posts: 279 ✭✭
    leezer99 wrote:


    jj9000 wrote:

    Shanks2424 wrote:
    He tends not to listen to me and figured someone that's not dad would be a better fit.




    Welcome to the club.



    Regardless of how much you know...and how little a 3rd party may know...father doesn't know jack in their eyes.



    Drives me crazy.




    My son's coach is great. He actually incorporates the father-son dynamic into the lessons. He "coaches" me on what to say—in front of my child, and gets my son to agree to the advice that's being given to ME. Then, when we are away from the coach and I talk, it's only the things his coach has said. It's still not 100% successful but it's much better than if I did it on my own




    My son's coach likes to embarrass me with chipping challenges.




    I think you need to dedicate a couple months to that and stop getting embarrassed!
  • hangontighthangontight Members Posts: 543 ✭✭
    edited Dec 5, 2018 #20
    Shanks2424- It sounds like your son is very passionate about the game and thirsty for more...which is what we all want in the end. It sounds like trying some more formal instruction is a great next step. Gotta feed the fire ... or at least keep it stoked! Ime at a similar stage with my 8 year old. If his life has good balance, you are not going to burn him out. Best of luck in your search for the right teacher!
  • Shanks2424Shanks2424 Members Posts: 241 ✭✭
    edited Dec 5, 2018 #21


    Shanks2424- It sounds like your son is very passionate about the game and thirsty for more...which is what we all want in the end. It sounds like trying some more formal instruction is a great next step. Gotta feed the fire ... or at least keep it stoked! Ime at a similar stage with my 8 year old. If his life has good balance, you are not going to burn him out. Best of luck in your search for the right teacher!




    Hangontight you hit the nail on the head my son is very passionate about golf. This all started a year and half ago when he asked for a set of golf clubs. I found a set for a good price. And he fell in love with the game. His mom asked him if he wanted to play baseball again this year and he said nope I want to play golf. She asked his this same question many times over a 2 week period and his answer never changed. I was the same way when my dad bought me my very frist set of clubs. Adams St driver-5 wood and a set of Ram FX Oversize irons 3-pw with ram wedges and a ram anser style putter. I was hooked from then on.
    Brad's Bag 2019
    Driver- Titleist 910 D3 8.5 Fujikura Speeder Pro TS Stiff
    3 Wood- Titleist 909 F3 15* Matrix HD9 Stiff
    Hybrid- Adams A12 Pro 18* Project X PXI 6.0
    3-PW- Mizuno MP57 3-PW TT Dynamic Gold S300
    Wedges-Cleveland 588 Forged Raw 54/58 TT Dynamic Gold S300
    Putter- Odyssey Tank 1 34 Inches Super Stroke Flatso 1.0
    Ball- Titleist Pro V1
    Bag Ogio Woode Stand Bag
     Grips Lamkin Crossline 58 Round 2 Wraps of Tape

    Gavin's Bad 9 Year old son
    Driver- Cobra Fly Z 12.5 Junior Cobra Shaft
    4Wood- Cobra Amp 16.5 Cobra Junior Shaft[/background]
    Hybrid- ???????
    6-PW Cobra Max Apollo Junior Steel Shaft
    Wedges- Cobra Max 50*  Cobra Pur 56* Apollo Junior Steel Shaft
    Putter- Odyssey Metal X Rossie Super Stroke Ultra Slim 1.0
    Ball- Titleist DTtru Soft.
    Bag- Maxfli Black and Blue Junior Bag
    Winn Dritec on Driver and 3 Wood
    Golf Pride Junior Tour Velvet On Irons and Wedges.
  • DGord10DGord10 ClubWRX Posts: 38 ClubWRX
    My son is now 13 and by the age of 9, I had taken him as far as I could and so we started with private lessons on and off. While you have to keep it fun for the kid, part of what keeps a kid's interest and motivates - and most importantly, makes it fun, is continued improvement. By finding the right instruction, our son kept improving and his love of golf grew deeper and faster the more he kept improving. Particularly if a kid has some aptitude for the golf swing, I think early instruction can be helpful in setting the kid on the right course. I am not talking about lots of detail and over coaching or taking the fun out of it, but rather starting with the fundamentals of good grip, good set up, etc. - things that the kid can build on with practice and over time. When we found my son's current coach a few years ago (after hit and miss with a couple of others), it was clear that he had a "multi-year" plan and knew how to sequence the instruction, which is so critical, and equally as important he seemed to know how to explain things and build a base of knowledge through the sequencing such that over time my son, even at 13, "knows" the ins and outs of a good swing, what to look for and feel in the swing and how to correct his own swing when he is having problems on a given day. I didn't know it at the time, other than this coach seemed to be very good, but these aspects have been key to my son's progress and ones which if I knew then what I know now, I would have asked prospective coaches about.
  • DGord10DGord10 ClubWRX Posts: 38 ClubWRX
    Shanks2424 wrote:



    Shanks2424- It sounds like your son is very passionate about the game and thirsty for more...which is what we all want in the end. It sounds like trying some more formal instruction is a great next step. Gotta feed the fire ... or at least keep it stoked! Ime at a similar stage with my 8 year old. If his life has good balance, you are not going to burn him out. Best of luck in your search for the right teacher!




    Hangontight you hit the nail on the head my son is very passionate about golf. This all started a year and half ago when he asked for a set of golf clubs. I found a set for a good price. And he fell in love with the game. His mom asked him if he wanted to play baseball again this year and he said nope I want to play golf. She asked his this same question many times over a 2 week period and his answer never changed. I was the same way when my dad bought me my very frist set of clubs. Adams St driver-5 wood and a set of Ram FX Oversize irons 3-pw with ram wedges and a ram anser style putter. I was hooked from then on.




    This is terrific and a great sign for the future. Because golf takes so much practice and dedication to learning, fostering this early passion can cause it to really blossom....and it is wonderful when the kid gets there on their own. My son went through something similar, though a bit older older, when he told us that as much as he liked baseball, it took too much time away from golf to continue - also told us the same about going away to summer camp. I was reluctant to listen, thinking that the decision making was premature (and we were concerned about burn out) but after further family discussions my wife and I decided to go with his decision and see how it went. As it turned out, our son was 100% correct in what he wanted to do and what he wanted to devote himself to. This past summer he spent 6-7 days a week at the golf course or at tournaments - probably 40-50 hours a week - and we had to force him to take a day off now and then. At least for our son, passion fostered dedication and focus on golf to the exclusion of other activities was the right call based on his personality and drive to improve. You have to be vigilant as each kid may have a different path which may not always be straight, but him pulling you out to the golf course rather than the opposite is such a wonderful thing.... the father son time you will spend is so priceless - it truly turns into hundreds of hours together in a way that just cannot be replicated with other activities and other sports (mostly where the parents are just watching and not participating). I probably play on average 30+ rounds a year with my son (I think in 2017 we hit 45 rounds) and I never get tired of it and never lose sight of how special that time is.
  • Redjeep83Redjeep83 Members Posts: 5,137 ✭✭
    Shanks I can help answer, you can do a search on the forum for St. Louis golf instructors. I know because I have in the past searching. One name is Brian fogt, he’s the pro at Bellereive ountry club. Last I checked he was 150 an hour, not sure you want to spend that kinda money though.
  • Enad23Enad23 Members Posts: 1
    Check out MARIA PALOZOLA, very impressive resume and has winter clinics to private lessons with her or staff. If we lived closer to St Louis I would have my 8 yr old working with her. She is a 2 time top 50 US Kids instructor.
  • BloctonGolf11BloctonGolf11 Members Posts: 239 ✭✭


    he's only turning 9, and this isn't even until February?



    please sir, take a pass on formal "lessons". he'll be burnt out by all of you before he even gets to 12,13,14 (when lessons should begin).



    edit: current instruction should be as complicated as "go ahead and grip it an rip it buddy".




    This is such an overstated generalization. There is nothing wrong with a child as young as 9 or even 8 having formal lessons. My son takes a lesson once a week for 30 minutes because he wanted to and asked to after his first PGA Jr. League season. His teacher specializes in working with children and as an educator myself I can tell you he does an EXCEPTIONAL job with the youngsters. Every 3 or 4 months we take a month off and my son steps away from golf completely to focus on other things and when he asks to start back up he starts back up. Make sure they are taking breaks and balancing their life with a wide range of activities and they will not burn out. Each child is different and should be looked upon with what is appropriate for that child.
    Just a father and son on a journey together through golf....
  • Shanks2424Shanks2424 Members Posts: 241 ✭✭



    he's only turning 9, and this isn't even until February?



    please sir, take a pass on formal "lessons". he'll be burnt out by all of you before he even gets to 12,13,14 (when lessons should begin).



    edit: current instruction should be as complicated as "go ahead and grip it an rip it buddy".




    This is such an overstated generalization. There is nothing wrong with a child as young as 9 or even 8 having formal lessons. My son takes a lesson once a week for 30 minutes because he wanted to and asked to after his first PGA Jr. League season. His teacher specializes in working with children and as an educator myself I can tell you he does an EXCEPTIONAL job with the youngsters. Every 3 or 4 months we take a month off and my son steps away from golf completely to focus on other things and when he asks to start back up he starts back up. Make sure they are taking breaks and balancing their life with a wide range of activities and they will not burn out. Each child is different and should be looked upon with what is appropriate for that child.






    I 100% agree with you. Since its winter time we are on our brake we still talk about golf and he grabs his putter when ever he wants. we will try to hit the driving range a few times during the off season. I dont like to hit the range during the winter because even thoe i keep my clubs indoors all year around and never leave them in my car. I cracked the face of 1 of my titleist drivers and one of my talyormade drivers when hitting outside in the winter range session.
    Brad's Bag 2019
    Driver- Titleist 910 D3 8.5 Fujikura Speeder Pro TS Stiff
    3 Wood- Titleist 909 F3 15* Matrix HD9 Stiff
    Hybrid- Adams A12 Pro 18* Project X PXI 6.0
    3-PW- Mizuno MP57 3-PW TT Dynamic Gold S300
    Wedges-Cleveland 588 Forged Raw 54/58 TT Dynamic Gold S300
    Putter- Odyssey Tank 1 34 Inches Super Stroke Flatso 1.0
    Ball- Titleist Pro V1
    Bag Ogio Woode Stand Bag
     Grips Lamkin Crossline 58 Round 2 Wraps of Tape

    Gavin's Bad 9 Year old son
    Driver- Cobra Fly Z 12.5 Junior Cobra Shaft
    4Wood- Cobra Amp 16.5 Cobra Junior Shaft[/background]
    Hybrid- ???????
    6-PW Cobra Max Apollo Junior Steel Shaft
    Wedges- Cobra Max 50*  Cobra Pur 56* Apollo Junior Steel Shaft
    Putter- Odyssey Metal X Rossie Super Stroke Ultra Slim 1.0
    Ball- Titleist DTtru Soft.
    Bag- Maxfli Black and Blue Junior Bag
    Winn Dritec on Driver and 3 Wood
    Golf Pride Junior Tour Velvet On Irons and Wedges.
  • Redjeep83Redjeep83 Members Posts: 5,137 ✭✭
    I'll also add about Brian that he was Scott Langley's swing coach for awhile and also became Luke Guthrie's swing coach when Scott and Luke were both playing for u of I.
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