Principles of Success
THE FULL SWING - Success founded in solid fundamentals
In order to ultimately play great golf we have to start with sound swing fundamentals. While there is no one way for every kid to swing the golf club we will focus on teaching each student solid swing fundamentals that will be the foundation of their success and enjoyment of the game. Very often we find that young players who are un-coached for long periods of time at an early age develop poor fundamental swing habits in the effort to achieve maximum distance prior to their full physical development. With this in mind, students will each be taught proper fundamentals that will help insure that they don't spend twice as much time down the road trying to break bad swing habits that have been engrained over the years.
THE SHORT GAME - Chipping, Pitching, & Bunker Play
The foundational difference between good golfers and average golfers is often a solid short game. Students will not only be taught the mechanics of sound chipping, pitching, and bunker play, but they will be taught the critical analysis skills that are helpful in making sure that they don't put themselves in positions that make it tough to recover from in the first place. A great short game not only requires an understanding and mastery of the mechanics of the different skills required, but imagination, and a commitment to practicing those skills with regularity.
PUTTING - The Game within the Game
Learning to putt well requires a combination of mechanics, feel, judgment, and touch that can make it one of the most difficult areas to become adept at. Players will be constantly involved with drills and competitions that will teach them not only the mechanics of a good putting stroke, but the development of the ability to control their pace, the ability to read greens, and routines for both warm-up and practice that will help them adapt to the different green speeds that they are very often faced with when they move from place to place for competition. Putting strokes can make up 1/3 to 1/2 of the total strokes taken and becoming a competent putter is often one of the quickest ways for a player to lower their score.
RULES OF THE GAME - Honor, Honesty, and Judgment
Golf has been called "The Game of Honor" and the only game in which you call a penalty on yourself. Honor, Honesty, and Judgment, however, aren't just invaluable qualities that are admirable on the course, but they are guiding principles that help in decision-making when it comes to life in general. We will not only teach each student the rules of the game, but will use the rules as a stepping-off point to teach the importance of being truthful and using good judgment on the course and why it directly impacts how you are not only perceived by others, but how you will come to view yourself.
ETIQUETTE - Courtesy, Civility, & Reponsibility
Proper etiquette is one of those foundational things necessary to learn in everyone's jouney to becoming a true "golfer. It includes courtesy towards fellow players as well as consideration for the course and how one's own actions or inaction affect both. And while on the course it may be confined to things like repairing ball marks, raking bunkers, fixing divots, and repsecting fellow competitors, the lessons learned from developing the sense of responsibility and duty that these simple acts teach are ones that carry over to many opther aspects of life.
TEAMWORK - Cooperation, Communication, & Support
While competitive golf is often an idividual sport, it is not so at the high school and collegiate level and learning the value of relationships and the ability to grow and cultivate them through cooperation, communication, assistance, and support is something that the game profides and ideal avenue for. Whether it be with family, friends, community, or in school kids will be continually called upon to use the inerpersonal skills essential to effective teamwork. it is in learning to develop a mindset that thinks win-win first students will be acquiring traits which can make them and invaluable team member and utimatley a leader. To emphasize this improtant article, students will be continuallly involved in team competition throughout the semester and will each be called on to be a leader, coach, or captain at some point.