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  1. The USGA has guidelines on pin placement. If they follow those guidelines you will see very few holes that ever present an issue of being in a stupid location. A lot people have no clue and will place the pin in bad places or thinks you need a hard pin placement. Most decent tournaments follow USGA guidelines somewhat. Everyone has to play the same pin placements so in theory it should not matter. Some kids though usually the better putters who have good speed will not do well if there are wacky placements.
  2. You should have a plan before you show up and try and execute it during a practice round making notes along the way of trouble. Then after the round take all your notes and update your plan. If you happen to go to a tournament with a very large field and doesn't have a practice round built in don't expect to get one in on a friday afternoon. You learn pretty quick that is not productive at all. If your traveling try and get there a few days early and get around the course before the last minute rush.
  3. I seen similar conditions and in some cases conditions much worse when playing junior tournaments. Pro's don't deal with the same conditions as amateurs. We once played in a tropical storm here in florida. The greens were under water they didn't suspend play. I didn't pull my daughter because she wanted to play but in retrospect I should have. We also played tournaments in Texas where is it started out 60 degrees and cold front came in early and it was snowing and 27 by the time we finished. Luckily it was just a one day tournament. I am also not saying don't quit
  4. It's not much different here in the US sometimes courses are not in very good shape and they seek out revenue from junior tournaments. Only if your in the pga do they suspend play like they did this weekend. How many local muni's or junior tours would pull all the players off because of conditions like that? Most juniors would have kept playing a course in that same condition and dad's would argue the conditions were playable or get upset their kid didn't make a birdie. I doubt any junior events were cancelled or suspended last weekend in southern California. It be interestin
  5. It depends on the event. There are 9 hole 18 hole and 36 and even 54 hole events. There is a place for everyone for sure. The problem comes in when a kid plays a 36 or 54 event and has no business playing it. I tend to think a kid should have the potential to break 100 in practice play on your home course in a casual round to event think about playing a 36 hole event. They may score 120 and that is okay it happens especially in a tournament. But I have also seen kids who can't break 120 and clearly should not be playing a 36 hole event. 9 hole events are for kids who
  6. I used to think the same way you start a tournament you should finish no matter what. Some tournaments are tough tough conditions. Some kids just are not served by being forced to play in bad conditions. Some of us have kids who have no issues with completing a round others don't have the skills to even try and play it. You never know if you handle harsh conditions until you play in it. Live in Florida and most kids here can't play very well when it under 60 degrees. If your not used to playing 40 or 50 degree weather and not dressed well it doesn't serve much pur
  7. Depends on the conditions we are talking about. Some tournament directors are under immense pressure to play a round if at all possible. This isn't the PGA where they will cancel an unplayable event. Juniors can play in horrific conditions sometimes. If you go out there the course is unplayable and you end up with a horrendous round. First off I not there to see my kid or anyone else out there cry because the course was just plain bad conditions. The damage a bad round like that can do to a kids mental game is a lot.
  8. A few reasons you should WD from a tournament. 1) You playing a course where the conditions have changed or are so bad that you simply can't play well at all. For instance the tour director decides that you should continue to play when the greens are covered in water. I also seen where the temperature dipped into the 30's and you really shouldn't be out there playing. 2) You end up playing a poorly run tournament. I am talking about an extreme case here but some tours are just run by idiots. The one example I seen is your playing a round and end up with 7 people o
  9. Some people on this forum are idiots. But comments like this sort of tell me about the some the people on this forum. I choose to ignore this but this forum has pretty much become useless in the last year. This kid wanted advice and all you guys want to do is jump on here and ruin his thread. Go get a life I am done with this place.
  10. It is good if your practicing a lot and you need to. I heard this from Gary Player when I met him and helped a lot. I thought it was great advice. "If something is working it will seem like you got it right away and the results will be almost instant. If need to spend hours and hours doing the same thing something is wrong Golf is hard but not that hard." If you think about it it makes a lot sense. Still have to practice but don't waste you time on something if your just spinning your wheels.
  11. This not something worth debating that much. So many ways to get a low scores and the reality is there is a lot skills needed. My assumption is the best player is going to hit 12-14 greens so this is a very good player in the first place. This means if they can putt they have good chance for 6-7 birdies and probably make at least 4 or more birdies a round. The are not chipping in birdies very much and i would say statistically that doesn't matter. The chipping matters because well they miss 6 to 4 greens. I am going to assume they will miss one by 6 feet or more an
  12. What are you comparing the putting and chipping with? Most kids and I am including the top amateurs are nowhere near what the top pro's both PGA and LPGA are for both chipping and putting. The best players winning the best events sink a good number of 10-20ft putts. The truth is it's not even fair compared to the rest of the field. I seen some players who can sink half the greens they hit for a birdie and they save a good chunk of their mistakes which everyone has. Probably half the PGA field is this good so it's then up to them to have a good day. The best amateu
  13. I might be misunderstanding what you are saying but Chipping and putting is extremely important and usually is the difference between winning and 30th when you get to the biggest events when kids are older. It's given that you have to hit irons well and close but the truth is if you average 20 feet away from the pin you are probably one of the best iron hitters of all time. If you can't make 10 footers it's doesn't matter how many greens you hit you never going to make enough birdies. It's the same thing with chipping if you not a good chipper your going have a hard tim
  14. I know we been there done that with kids well above 120 and it's not fun at all. It horrible for kids paired with them too since they almost always have to deal with the penalties.
  15. You guys really should listen to those of us who have gone down that path. Buying OEM clubs for a you kid is enormous waste of money and extremely hard to do correctly. You can go ahead and fit a kid to a maverick driver. If you get it right after spending hundreds on trial error fine you did a good job. The problem is in 3 months that driver will be completely wrong. An extra 10 -15 yards or what ever you get doesn't matter. The yardages are just short chances are they can hit the green in two or most likely miss and have to chip anyways. You not doing you kid a f
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