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  1. Will tell you in a few years. Currently the specializer's have a massive advantage on my son - or maybe he is not that good. Who knows? From 7-11yr, he played 4 sports (travel ice hockey, taekwondo, tennis and golf). Between 11-13 we are down to Travel Hockey and Golf. He did play soccer and tennis for his middle school team but that is fun and not ultra competitive. We are still debating about travel ice hockey this year. The 2Cs (covid and checking) are a big risk. Nevertheless he cant take a complete break from Golf any longer. Prior to last year he would
  2. 1. Yes. But it is not a full swing. He has a routine and it is based on how he is hitting the ball. 2. 1-2 feel moves to ensure his club and weight is where he wants it. 3. Next to the ball. 4. Why? He exaggerates the motion in the practice swing, knowing that the real swing will be different. 5. Value? To limit the miss. 6. on the range. It depends, will go back to freezers and slow swing if not hitting the ball well.
  3. Loaded question IMO. Are you asking “What prevents them shooting low”? Or What prevents them from playing to the best of their ability? Or are you actually asking about Goals like winning a tournament, higher ranking, D1 college etc.
  4. I love it when the forum just moves away from the topic. I think the game should be played within the spirit and yes conditions change during the day. I don't agree with Tiger that the kids are not good bunker player. Conditions do matter and the top kids that shoot par or under get up and down from bunkers. That said, IMO all these issues are manageable . We make a point of simulating tournament conditions during practice. We practice putting with the stick and device. Bunkers are not raked during practice and you play how it lies. In fact we create foot marks and place the ball in t
  5. We had issues with short putts not long putts. According to my son, the flag stick and all the contraptions made the hole look really small. he has gotten better recently and it took a lot of dedicated practice.
  6. I have been in your shoes and sort of approached the problem analytically. Although you said "Consistent Scoring" in your post - it appears that she is consistently shooting in the high 80s/lows 90s so I assume you care about lowering that score through playing consistently. I would start with trying to eliminate the 3 putts and bladed chips That should save you 3-4 strokes a round. The only thing I would add is that not all 3 putts and bladed chips are the same, Was it a tight lie, was the 3 putt in the start of the round? Did she get lazy on the 3 footer? Did she peak in the her short pu
  7. Update to my previous post. A month later. He has taught me a lesson my wife got her “I told you “ moment. Practices a 5-6 days a week (3-4 hrs a day). Plays at least 1-2 rounds a week. Shockingly- prefers dedicated practice than playing with friends. The tournament have got him focussed. For the first time he makes his own yardage book prior to a tournament. These books are actually quite insightful and based on how he wants to play each round. I only type this because I have realized a few things over the last few weeks. We would argue a fair bit during the lockdown about his lack o
  8. We have the same experience as HH. Rounds have become quicker as the kid has grown up, become better and more independent. He played 2 rounds this weekend and both were about 4-4:15 hrs. I think older kids tend to walk faster, if experienced, just get on with the game. I also love that the flag is in the hole for each shot - that saves so much of time. You can gun the distance even if the group ahead is on the green, figure out exact distance, club etc and thus ready to go when the group ahead walks away.
  9. 13yr old - prior to course opening last was hitting balls into a net for probably 30-45min 3x a week. It was a struggle to get him to practice. It was much easier when he was younger. course opened last week, and he has played 3x. Going forward- Will likely play 3x 9holes with a friend during the the week and 18 with me over the weekend. Tournaments get his competitive juices flowing and thus he practice more. It has been hard to recreate that feeling. I think scores will up a little- maybe a few strokes here and there for chip and putts - that’s it.
  10. The thought process being that as you swing at 110 % your body, the match up, sequencing etc all adjust to that speed/feeling - and it becomes norm for you. There are a lot tours available but there seems to be this window from like 12-14..where you are done with all this US Kids stuff...and if you want then you can really focus on long term development. I do not know ..its just a thought, we are still a few months away from Spring season in the NE, I actually think it might hurt him in the Spring but he will have a better Summer/Fall as the distances (6100-6300yd) become less of an issue.
  11. Easier said then done - only cause the scores/swing suffer as you try and smash the ball. We need/want to increase club head speed so I am actually thinking about not focusing on score for the next few months or even the year. I think it is the perfect age for him, he is only 12. He is basically done with US Kids and young to play AJGA. Does not need to win or qualify for anything..anyone agree with me?
  12. BridgsStone Tour XS is the ball of choice. Pro V1 has been played as has TP5 and Kirkland. In all honesty, I don't think the ball makes any difference to his score. - Balanced or Unbalanced.
  13. He has used a Odyssey Women's White Hot Putter for the last 3 years. It was originally cut down and have since added extensions and weights as he has grown. He has asked for a Scotty or TM Spider because they look cool and every one plays with them. Ironically, I gave the go ahead but his coach basically told him not to.. his rationale, you have good feel and hit your line with this putter.. why change? The coach keeps adding extensions and weight to ensure it is the right fit. - saves me a lot of money!! Me on the other hand .. have have biggest over sized TM mallet that I could
  14. NCAA Will Permit Athletes to Be Compensated for Their Names, Images And Likenesses, Board of Governors Says The headline just hit. Dont have details but figured I post it! Enjoy
  15. Interesting off-season plans. If that is your off season, what do you do in season? My son is 12. Golf season end soon in the NE and I am in with Lezeer on this. He is in the middle of hockey season and basketball begins soon for middle school. So 4-5x a week is ice hockey and I think is basketball is 3-4x a week. Re Golf: I have got him playing some tournaments in December/Jan/Feb --- he will likely get a lesson and hit balls a week before those tournaments. Apart from that nothing else, no golf related activities. I do hope he agrees to go a athletic center/gym 3-4
  16. @leveragedbuyout .. that was a good post.. fun to read and reflect. Although as @ kcct82 said you do have a lot of time on your hands.. guess it’s the mkt no LBOs happening!
  17. @tiger1873 - I am pretty honest with myself and I don't agree with your definition of success. The end result for my son is by no means being a Pro (I do not even know if he is going to play college golf) . That said, he continue to play golf and I spend an exorbitant amount of time and money on this journey. You are entitled to your views. So while you keep preaching, I just disagree and lets just move on.
  18. @tiger1873. OMG. Your notion of success! Is winning on the PGA tour?. Do you realize how hard that is? Forget that, even earning and maintaining your card is extremely hard. A very low percentage of golfers make it that far! You need to chill out and enjoy the journey. I can assure, if your goal and reason for playing golf at 12 yr old is to play the PGA tour .. it will never happen.
  19. @tiger1873 : you are staying the obvious, in all sports, not only golf.. kids begin to drop out between ages 12-16.. it’s called puberty and distractions. It is quite likely that kids who mainly play local tour and don’t have the game to make it to Worlds will likely drop out. As Pinewood pointed out and he has done the research.. kids who qualify for worlds and do well, play college golf. That is a fact. What you state is an opinion but call it a fact - thus I used the word preach.
  20. @leezer99 . With all due respect your 11 hits in a mile and I believe someone remarked that his SS is at the top 5% for his age group. You already mentioned that plays 6300 yards (shoots low) and is able to reach most 400+ yards Par 4 in regulation. What am I getting at, you cannot use his ability to judge the USKG 11 Local distance- that tour is not meant for your son or the top 5% it meant for the masses .. so let us enjoy it! @tiger . There are always exception to the rule but a thread a while ago already showed that the top 10% in USKIDS worlds about 5 years ago were playing D1 col
  21. I am away for 24 hrs and this is what I miss.!! Well for one, I actually enjoy watching women’s golf, and not because of how they look or what nationality.. but the LPGA tour shows me how simple golf can be. FWIW.. I though some the comments on the forum were pretty offensive.. so let’s tone it back unless you want to shut down a thread.
  22. I do not understand why playing USKG or Local PGA have too be mutually exclusive. We play both and plan to keep it that way for the foreseeable future. My son is 12 and the experience of playing by yourself and handling a long course is as invaluable playing to a short course where the sole goal is too shoot low and win/place. He plays much more aggressive golf in USKG then in PGA ,, it takes a certain mindset to know that you need birdie the next couple holes in order to place and beat your opponent - I would not discount that type of play. Given his age and length of the tee, h
  23. My son plays both the Jr PGA where for 11-15 the distance is 6200-6400 yard as well as USKG. I do not think you can compare them both. They are both essential for your child. He played a lot of Jr PGA in the summer (the tournaments are on the week day and mom just dropped him at the course). I will say, while he enjoys Jr PGA more than USKG because it is more like 3 kids walking and playing golf. No caddies and no spectators. He did start find hitting Driver and (3W or Hybird) boring..So this fall we are doing mostly US KIDS and he is loving driver/wedge/short iron Who wants to play
  24. There is a notch benefit for shooting low and winning the tour. If your son had shot 76 twice and not won the tour his status would have been 9 but now he is 10. I am going to assume that US Kids had bunch of data and where kids score in each age group for locals when deciding the cut-offs - and thus they chose 72 and 76 (win the tour). I do believe they do not give enough credit to winning/placing in the Worlds/Regional. Placing 4th or 5th in the worlds or 2nd in a regional is a 10 which is the same as winning your local tour and shooting 76 and below. That is just wrong. I thin
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