In this video, Tyler Wong, PGA Director of Player Development at NW Golf Academy at Sah-Hah-Lee Golf Course in Clackamas, Oregon, shows you the first steps you should take to get your child started in golf.
The first part of getting your kids into golf is creating some early success. If you can set them up to hit a few shots solid, high and in the general direction you’d like them to go they’ll be hooked! The first step is to get the clubs that fit their height and strength. I use US Kids Golf Clubs at my facility. US Kids Golf uses smaller grips, lighter shafts, and more flat lie angles to fit most all young kids just starting the game.
The second part is creating some consistency. Don’t be technical. Most kids work well with direction. When I first meet a new junior golfer, I want them to stand the proper distance from the ball. Typically, I will fold up a towel, place it next to the ball, running parallel to the target line and ask the child to stand on the towel and stay there as they swing. That’s usually all it takes! Remember the goal is airborne and forwards!
Brooks Koepka’s grip secret
Here is a great video on understanding what allows a great player to get through the ball and deliver hardcore to his targets. Without this part of his grip, he would be hard-pressed to deliver anything with any kind of smash factor and compression. See what you can learn from his grip.
Swing speed vs. quality impact
In today’s age of hitting the ball as hard and as far as you can on tour, I am amazed at the number of amateur golfers who totally disregard the idea of quality impact. In fact, you can hit the ball further with better impact than you can with poor impact and more speed (to a point.) Sure, if you can kick the clubhead speed up 10 MPH-plus versus your normal speed, then this is not a requirement, but in reality most players only swing a few MPH faster when they actually try. Yes, this is true, I see it day after day. You might think you can swing 10 MPH faster but rarely do I see more than 2-3 MPH tops.
I had a student that came in the other day and was obsessed with swinging harder but when he did his impacts were terrible! When I put him on Trackman and showed him the data he was astounded that he could swing slower yet produce more distance.
Here was a typical swing he made when swinging faster 105.8 mph where the impact was low on the face and the ball carried 222.3 yards.
Now, obviously we know that this works to a certain degree of swing speed but it does show you that focusing on quality impact is a key as well. I’m always telling my players that I want them to swing as hard and as fast as they can AND maintain quality impact location — if you can do both then you can have it all!
The best way to understand impact quality without dismantling your swing is to use foot spray to coat the face of the club then hit a few balls to see where impact normally occurs and see if you can adjust.
How to warm up for golf PROPERLY
Leo Rooney, Director of Performance at Urban Golf Performance, shows you how to get ready to hit balls and/or hit the golf course.
Who is Leo Rooney?
Director of Performance at Urban Golf Performance
B.Sc Exercise Physiology
Leo Rooney played 16 years of competitive golf, in both college and professionally. He got a degree in exercise physiology and has worked with anyone from top tour players to beginners. Leo is now the Director of Performance at Urban Golf Performance and is responsible for the overall operations but still works closely with some elite tour players and the UCLA Men’s Golf Team.
He also has experience in long driving with a personal best 445-yard drive in the 2010 European Long driving Championship.
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