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  1. Trackman, Mevo, Mevo+, Flightscope all use doppler radar. It is the tech in the chip that makes it go. I wouldn't trust R10 number past Swing Speed and ball speed. Yes I have one. It is highly inaccurate using a net. Better outside on the range, but still has a ton of issues that haven't been ironed out. Take note also. My kid knows exactly what his numbers are and what they should be.
  2. The Garmin R10 is complete trash.
  3. I am beginning to believe all the units are useless if they A) Don't have path and face C) Spin is off and B) Aren't set up correctly. Even if a Trackman and Flightscope aren't set up properly the numbers are off.
  4. Pepperdine is whipping 2 of those 3 these days.
  5. Emory is like the Harvard of the South. Would love for my kid to get to go to school there and play golf.
  6. Tell me what school is giving free education for golf. Less than 5% of college golfers are getting a free education. It is more like "Reduced Rates".
  7. There is less money in Women's Lax than women's golf. I think the majority of girls going to play sports in any college don't have going professionally on their minds. Golf specific, I think the majority of girls that have LPGA on their mind do so because of a parent pushing.
  8. 100% and this has been mentioned in other threads. I was one at one time that thought D1 is the end all be all. That is absolutely untrue. Have talked to several coaches from Academies in Florida that get their kids placed. They have more kids playing professionally that have played D2 golf rather than D1 golf. 1's and 2's at D2 schools could make the playing roster at a majority of the D1 schools. Right now the best two college players in the state of Florida are playing on D2 rosters. Here is what happens to some kids. If you aren't in that top 10% of kids getting recruited, you recruit yourself and it is generally regionally. If you get a kid that blooms late, sometimes they are left out. As well as other reasons, players have decisions to make. A) Do you go to a low level D1 school where the players are just OK and aren't going to make you better? You go and you get to play in tournament's with the big boy's but get blown out. You play the conference championship and that is as far as the team goes. You will never play in the NCAA championship. You might get an invite to play as an individual, but that is a might. B) Do you go to a middle to upper tier D2 school where you have to fight for a roster spot? The competition is good and will make you better. Knowing that you will have a chance to play in a year or two. You also know that you will be able to get passed the conference and play in the NCAA Championship. These teams will compete in tournaments against D1 teams and hold their own even beating some of the middle to lower tier D1's. C) Do you go to a top tier D3 school where you will play immediately and have a chance to be a D3 All American? There are 10-15 D3 schools that are really good and could compete with the top D2 teams. These same D3 schools are also going to compete with the lower and some middle tier D1 schools. You go here and you get to compete and play in the NCAA Championship every year. None of those choices are wrong choices. It is a matter of what you want out of school and the golf. All 3 options are viable for anyone that has the dream of playing professionally. The biggest mistake I see is a kid that is a really good Junior golfer is over shooting their level and committing to a school they will never play at. Take a school like UGA, and I am just throwing this out there. A kid is a -2.5 scoring differential, which is really really good. UGA is recruiting -4.0 golfers every year. That -2.5 will not play until they are a Junior/Senior, maybe never play. I know for me, I don't want to go to a school and sit. I don't think a kid gets anything by not playing in the competitions. Go to a school where you can play whether it D1, D2 or D3, If it is lower D1 don't leave options B and C out of the conversation.
  9. You know how many pairs of shoes I have. With Plantars I would need minimum 12 pairs of insoles.
  10. About 1% of the kids end up going to their "Dream School". As they are being recruited reality sets in and it becomes the school/coach that likes you the most. My kid says "I just want to play golf." I see it as an opportunity to play golf at a higher level.
  11. One more thing on top of this. Get him some better insoles for his shoes than what comes in them. Dr. Scholl's are great. You can get the knee pain or runners and both would help reduce some of the shock from walking.
  12. Try a Cho-Pat Knee strap. My kid has runners knee and it seems to alleviate the pain when walking.
  13. Schools most definitely will take a kid based on intangibles. I coached a kid in basketball that was 6'6", body of an Adonis, could jump our of the gym, could run, and wind span was that of a 7 footer. HS coach talked him into playing football. Kid was a terrible defensive end. He went to University of Kentucky based on the intangibles though he was a terrible HS football player. Got a degree from the school and played a maybe a total of 20 downs his career.
  14. 1. Is JGS considered THE ranking system? I’m assuming there are other? This will be our first year playing in tournaments that give JGS points (I guess points?) They are 2 day with JGS listed next to them. Sneds Tour TN for reference There are others, but JGS is what coaches use the most. Unless top 10% player, Rolex is useless. I like Golf Weeks System because I think they take more into consideration than JGS. College coaches check it out,but JGS is the big one. WAGR is pretty much useless as well for a beginning junior. Junior Golf Hub is trying to become a player in the game and will be unfolding a system. 2. Do rankings reset each year or is it cumulative and built up over years? I think this has been answered. It is on a 12 month cycle. You must have a minimum of 4 multi-day tournaments to stay ranked. If you played a tournament last weekend it will drop off next year after the last tournament date. 3. can a poor ranking early in career make it harder to pull that ranking up? I guess the question is if a player improves a ton over a season or 2, would they have been better off not playing in ranking tournaments prior to the improvements or does it have no effect? No. The number that counts most on JGS is the scoring differential. This is the players score minus the course rating. JGS drops the lowest 25% of scoring differentials or keeps the best 75% however you look at it. If you play four 36 hole tournaments, that is 8 rounds. JGS will drop 2 rounds. If you play 10 rounds the number is 2.5 which is still 2 rounds dropped. They don't drop another until it hits 2.75. 4. I’ve seen scoring differential mentioned and that makes sense, does this effect rankings? Is strength of field a bigger factor than score? If a kid shoots a low score on a tough course but the field isn’t strong how does this translate? As I mentioned before, this is the number 1 factor. Just starting out in 11-12 year old age divisions, depending on where you are at, the strength of field isn't a concern. Just play. Tours also have wide gaps in how they run their age divisions. If you want to shoot me a dm of what tour you are looking at I can expand on it for your area. Second part of the question, Scores over strength of field. Only thing the strength of field really effects is possibly getting a better course rating. 5. If a kid can play, puts up legit scores on a state tour like Sneds, is that enough to play in college? Or is it necessary to play in some of the more regional tour type tournaments? Really depends on the level. Sneds is a good regional tour. My opinion is depending on the level, the kid will probably need something a little better than the Sneds. If he wants to play at a D2-D3 or low level D1 like Middle Tennessee State than probably not. 6. What age would most of this start to really matter. I’ve been involved in other sports and usually somewhere around soph/junior year in Hs is when recruiting starts to pick up, same for golf? Top 1% kids are being offered at 13 years old through swing coaches. My opinion is for a girl it is never too late. A guy deciding he wants to play collegiality, after the 9th grade is starting the process too late for high to mid D1. By the kids junior years the mid to high D1 offers have already been offered. At that point they would be looking for the lat bloomer. 7. How in the hell do you afford junior golf! It is flipping expensive. I would guess low end between coach, strength, membership to a club, entry fees we are talking 10K a year easy. High End there are people spending 30K a year when you add in Trackman payments etc. I know Blocton said 8-10 mulit day tournaments a year. I agree with that for up to 8th grade. Once they hit the 8th grade the sweet spot is 10-15 a year. Anymore than 18 and college coaches may avoid the kid altogether because it is a sign the parent is pushing to hard (burnout).
  15. 100% agree with this. Until they are somewhere in the mid 80's a fitting is of no benefit.
  16. I agree with that. I was on a zoom with JGS founder. One thing that set out in my mind was this. Other than the elite top 1% ers, every kid within 40 spots of each other are the same identical player. There isn't much difference. You have to set yourself apart with other things. Academics, Golf Intangibles (hitting it long), attitude, behavior, etc.
  17. As an example, Pano is ranked #2 and averages 72. She is no where near ready for the LPGA. Symetra tour is no way the route over college. Living the lifestyle of a part time job trying to make it on Symetra is not a life an 18 year old wants to live.
  18. They take the golfers score for the round and subtract the Course Rating from it. They then average the best 75% of the players scores. If you see someone with a 0.0 scoring differential it doesn't mean they are averaging par. It just means they are shooting scores equal to the course rating. Technically it could be under par, but it is highly unlikely considering most course ratings in the recruitable age brackets are 73-77.
  19. Top 100 girls is stretching. Maybe top 2-3 have a chance to go pro. Other than those 2-3, the top 100 girls aren't averaging at or below par where within the boy's they are.
  20. Disagree with this statement. If you are being recruited by NCAA schools then rankings are not worthless. JUCO and NAIA they are. There are places for everyone and there are for certain other qualities. The top D3 schools aren't going to look for a male golfer unless they have under a +2.0 scoring differential while several it is 0.0 and lower. Top D2 schools it is at around 0.0.
  21. Did Cam go to college or did he go Pro on some obscure tour?
  22. You are partially correct. The course rating is the course rating as given by the USGA. Is what it is. The course adjustment feature is what is garbage. The poor thing with JGS is that scoring average isn't considered into the rankings at all. You can win a tournament at one course, shoot even par on a hard course and your rankings get worse. You can shoot 5 over in an AJGA, come in 20th and your ranking gets better.
  23. I hate JGS just as much as anyone. Have had 3 conversations on the phone about them today. One was with an independent tournament director and the other two with parents. The CCA is a big crock of crap. This is not only my opinion, but the opinion of many. Tournament at Mission Inn in Florida this weekend. The course rating for the boy's was a 73.6 that was adjusted to a 76.6. The girl's played the same course, same wind, same fairways, same pins, only difference was the length. THEY RECEIVED ZERO adjustment for any round. I was on a zoom call with JGS when they were explaining things, in theory it sounds great. However, it is implemented horribly.
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