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  1. My son played on a US Open Qualifier last year at Fountaingrove in Santa Rosa, unfortunately the club house burned down during the Santa Rosa fire, beautiful place. Anyway, those greens were lightening fast. 40% of the field WD that day. The qualifiers shot 72, even par. No one broke par. They are not as strict now but it used to be if you don't hit with 8 strokes of course rating you would receive the death letter. Saying that you have 1 year to prove with genuine tournament scores that you are truly a 1 handicap or you would be banned for life form the US Open. Last year my son's fri
  2. I guess you guys are doing all this so your child can hit longer. My son and I came from baseball so he swung baseball bats long before he became a tournament golfer. He never had a problem with swing speed. When we started playing tournament golf at 9-10 he was easily outdriving the other boys, many times Dads would say they couldn't hit their drivers that far. But looking back I would trade in a second his ability to spank a long drive for short game and putting touch. He was 4-5 years behind the boys he was competing against since they started at 4-5 years old and he started at 9, but
  3. I remember all the Dads who would scream, yell and get upset at their kids. Nowadays, I'm the only Dad out there watching as those same boys tell their Dads they don't want them there because it ruins their game. So all these Dads have been banned and no longer can watch their 17-18 year olds play golf. Their boys drive themselves to the tournaments and the Dad is no longer necessary except to pay for the tournament. In the end, my greatest satisfaction has been to watch my son fail and succeed. To share all those moments of triumph along with the agony of defeat. He's going off to coll
  4. Are you talking about Steell shafts or graphite?
  5. When my son was young he played several sports, Soccer, baseball, basketball. I was asked to coach baseball and when he played K-league soccer I watched. K-league was 1 day 1 hour of practice a week with a 1 hour game on Saturday, they shuffled the times so a team played at 8 am, or 9am and so on. The first day of practice the coach says, don't worry if you miss practice you can always go to another day, it will all be the same thing. When he said that I figured, hey, why not let Alex go to every practice for the 4 days. My wife was worried, isn't that too much she said? I said, are you
  6. Diet is more important than you think. As one of those obsessive performance dads I've seen and probably tried everything. I began to realize that performance usually dropped around hole 12-13. It was like he was going from Jordan Speith to Joe Blow weekend hacker. I knew he doesn't suddenly get stupid. It was fine muscle control. What's worse is that it doesn't appear like sudden weakness, they actually start swinging harder, which means they get into trouble more, and then the simple putts don't drop, they are losing fine motor control, the sequencing goes off. I really noticed it
  7. I know when he grows older and hopefully wiser. That he will fondly remember back to the days as a scratch golfer in pursuit of birdies and the occasional eagle, Knowing that his dad didn't even pick up a club, but he was always trying to get a hole-in-one....
  8. When it comes to getting good at this sport, there is nothing like playing tournament golf under pressure. Play as much as he can, he's only young once.
  9. Play tournaments where you can accumulate AGJA stars, you'll need them to get into AJGA tournaments. Around here we have JGANC, in SC I think you have SCPGA which is a good organization. Those will be cheaper than the FCWTs or FCGs. Sure you can enter them all, but if you are that rich, no need to ask. After all, besides tournament fees, there's hotel rooms, dining out, travel, not to mention gloves, shoes, clothes, clubs, balls, tees and every other thing that will raid your wallet. I use to tell my son all the time, hey if you are not finishing the lunch they give you, I'll eat it. T
  10. Life is not fair, when your old enough to know how to really talk to women, you're too old. And when they are young and handsome like our boys, they know absolutely nothing about women.
  11. Whenever my son would hit a great shot, like a tee shot or approach shot that was almost in the hole, maybe a 3 inch tap. I would try to say something funny like, why don't you just hit it in and save the putting? Or when he sinks a 60 foot putt, I'll say, why don't you do that all the time? He's gotten so used to my sarcasm that he just flicks me away with his arm. I never wanted him to get a big head. To do great things and to walk off like you do that all the time, its just a golf shot, nothing more, nothing less. Inside I might be cheering, but outside he mostly saw me just talki
  12. I think too often we as parents look at developing talent and think of it as some sort of linear progression. it is, but during the process there are a lot of what seems to be setbacks. That's life. Everything doesn't go according to plans on whatever you do. I recognized early that growth spurts make for tremendous variables. What did I do. I bought the next highest flexes and stronger clubs and had them ready before I detected the growth spurt happening and shots went awry. I got my own Scotland bender. I always went under the assumption that he didn't all of a sudden get stupid. I
  13. Great post! I always took the attitude that a bad shot was the prelude to the great shot! Crap happens, it's what they do to extricate themselves that builds character. I always think that in their minds before they shoot, they aren't envisioning failure, after the shot the most important thing to do is to execute the next shot. My son told me about what happenened 2 weeks ago in a high school match against the #1 school in his league. He pushed his tee shot and was in the rough, 189 yds uphill from the pin. Bad lie. So he took out a 4 iron and flushed a laser shot to within 18 inches o
  14. I remember when I was walking with this Vietnamese mom during a 11 year old tournament that our sons were playing in the same foursome. My son had just had a 10 in the first hole and they were on about hole 5 when she tells me. They aren't even concentrating, they're just talking with each other and having a good ole time and she was disgusted about it. I looked at her and said the following. My son has told me that the greatest thing he liked about golf was that you could meet 3 other guys for the first time at the 1st tee and by the end of the round it was as if you knew them like
  15. Just shows you how much respect these animals have for us golfers. I can imagine the conversation from 1 goose to another. "Aren't you afraid of getting hit by a golf ball out here on a golf course?", the other one says, "are you kidding me? have you seen these guys play? they can't hit the broad side of a barn, much less put a golf ball between my eyes, hell we're safer than their playing partners..."
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