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  1. Age, height, driver swing speed? Normal carry yardage for a 9-iron?
  2. https://thejuniorgolfer.com/best-golf-clubs-for-teens-and-juniors-transitioning-to-adult-irons/
  3. I put the lines on the ball, but he doesn't use them often. His trainer, nutritionist, swing coach, short game coach, putting coach and mental coach tell him to use it repeatedly, but alas, he still does not.
  4. Calluses so thick on his hands that he could fill a coffee cup with dead skin if they were filed off.
  5. I have no vested interest either. We were down at Pebble Beach last weekend and had the driver shaft recommended by a coach there.
  6. Anyone using a KBS TD shaft? https://kbsgolfshafts.com/shop/kbs-td-driver-wood-shaft/
  7. Finau: "Four score and seven years ago, I won a PGA Tour event."
  8. I believe the World long drive event winners are usually in the 450+ yard total. Bryson probably can hang pretty close to them with a 48" driver.
  9. Hey Patton, You broke it in anger. Move on.
  10. We drew the line this way (and still do today) as my kid has progressed through golf from age 6-10: 1. We limit tournaments to 10-15 per year. 2. We play other sports....primarily baseball but also casual tennis, skateboarding, skiing, etc. In the spring baseball this past season, we still try to hit the range/course at least 3x/week. We are playing Fall baseball starting in September and we will put the clubs down for 2 months. We will work on getting stronger during that time. 3. We make time to do other things in general such as camping, hiking, time with his friends (especially over the last COVID-19 year), etc... I would add that when they get older (13-17?) that things like burnout and repetitive stress injury are real. Overall, you just have to make the best decision for the wellness of your child.
  11. I'm not a college coach and my kid is only 10 so we haven't hit the age where college recruitment hits. I did personally experience recruiting for college football, but that was eons ago. I find it hard to believe that a college coach is going to pay much attention to how you did in Worlds when you were 12 or younger. Certainly, there are outliers as there are kids winning multiple Worlds in a row in that age 6-12 bracket. For those outlier kids, there are likely plenty of other top performances. However, those same kids could also be candidates for burn out or repetitive stress injuries.
  12. Here is what I heard/gathered from the interviewee Kevin Kirk (starts talking about youth golf at 17:49 into the podcast): 1. A lot of junior golf programs may try to push kids down the "high performance pathway" in golf (vs just teaching them the game and letting it grow from there). Doesn't think the high performance pathway approach is a good idea and none of the sports science supports that. 2. Kevin Kirk says that the idea of 8 year old World Champion drives him crazy. Doesn't think that is healthy. Those types of championships belong with kids after puberty. Mentions Golf Australia doesn't allow Worlds events until age 15 (?). 3. They hit on the subject of 9 year olds who have played 200+ tournaments by that age. 4. Many of the kids who are the best performers early don't turn out that way. Maybe they are just bigger and stronger compared to their peers at that age. 5. He believes early specialization is a bad idea. Need to build athletic skills over time. Need to build golf skills over time. Certainly, it all falls under the "parents ruin everything". I personally know a few 10 year olds who have played over 200 tournaments to date. I blame Instagram.
  13. JT would make more putts on just looks alone with a beauty like this one:
  14. Gilmore/McGavin vs Webb/Smails
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