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#1 kozubs

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Posted 30 September 2016 - 06:32 AM

A couple of weeks ago after my club championship I asked how one of the juniors how he shot.  He said he shot 73 75.  This was from 5900 yards.  I was blown away as I shot in the 80s.

I've seen him on the range a lot. He has a great swing, traps it extremely well and everything is a tight draw right down the line.  A couple weeks ago I played nine with my wife and he was behind us.  I was entering my score after the round.  I was quite happy with even through nine.  He came in and I asked him how he played.  Minus 3 (through nine) and I lipped out a 10 footer for 4 under he said.

Last week he was playing a challenge with our pro on the range.  I begged the pro not to make this kid any better.  Anyways, I went to tee off and he asked if he could join me for 5 holes or so before his parents came to get him.  He played the blues with me.  I had a big distance advantage over him and was driving it very well that day. He was clearly swinging out of his shoes trying to keep up.  I told him to play his own game and that in a couple years he'd likely be air mailing my shots.  Once he relaxed he pared everything.

Here's the kicker.  He's 13 and only joined our club this year.  Our course isn't very long but is extremely tough with very high rough and lots of elevation changes.  You better watch you ball if it enters the rough or you will likely loose it. He used to play at a local pitch and put.  I was confused when he said this because he was so good.  I asked him how long he's been playing.  He just started last summer!  His friend wanted to go golfing so he got a cheap set of clubs and went out.

I'm blown away by this.  Not only is he shooting sub par rounds after 1 year of playing, but he's doing it completely honest with a great attitude.  He does played in local am tour this year and got 3rd.  He won our junior championship.  

Its great to see him out there.  I hope he sticks with it and puberty doesn't mess with him too much.


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Posted 30 September 2016 - 07:01 AM

some people get the concept of a golf swing fast and majority dont

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Posted 30 September 2016 - 10:31 AM

this is an encouraging thread.
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Posted 30 September 2016 - 10:53 AM

Yup a lot of great junior golfers out there now - many have been playing US Kids tournament golf since they were 7 years old or so.  Go watch the US Kids Worlds or the Challenge Tour events and you will be amazed how good these kids are.

My son's 12 and off the 6200 yards whites at my home course he's looking to break par.   I can beat him off the 6700 yard tees(for perhaps this year) but off the whites probably not happening unless he has a bad day I.e 75 ��
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Posted 30 September 2016 - 11:05 AM

nice to see another young gun joining the golf ranks

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Posted 30 September 2016 - 12:22 PM

A 10-11 year old can learn more over one summer of playing golf every day than a 40-year-old could learn if he spent every day for the rest of his life working with Butch Harmon each morning and playing golf all afternoon.

By "learning" I mean laying down essential neuromotor wiring that will keep working for the rest of his life. Not acquiring a bunch of cognitive concepts that you could parrot back on a pop quiz. The lucky kids are the ones who either intuitively stumble on learning the right stuff or are guided in the right direction by some basic instruction and encouragement.

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Posted 01 October 2016 - 05:38 AM

That's mostly what children taking up the game seriously is about. You learn very quickly no matter how when you are a preteen. And around 13 you become a heck of a little player. It all comes naturally and true you learn so much in so little time.  A completely different world.

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Posted 01 October 2016 - 07:49 AM

In my next life im hoping my parents start me early again BUT get me lessons before I groove a piss awful swing that I battle for life!

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Posted 01 October 2016 - 08:43 AM

View PostMatchplay10033, on 01 October 2016 - 07:49 AM, said:

In my next life im hoping my parents start me early again BUT get me lessons before I groove a piss awful swing that I battle for life!
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Posted 01 October 2016 - 12:46 PM

A buddy and I got paired with a couple juniors at my club a few weeks back. I'm not great, but not bad (shoot mid 80s to low 90s), and have longer than avg length off the tee. These kids (15 year olds) embarrassed us both. Outdrove me on a number of holes, and both scored better by a long shot. Much like OP, I was blown awway to hear that one of them had only been playing for 2 years.


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Posted 01 October 2016 - 08:07 PM

Give a kid a 4' piece of 2x4 wood and he doesn't need lessons. Hit the ball without hitting the 2x4 and you have  a kid that will NEVER slice a golf ball......That is the difference in starting them young with lessons....Once a golfer discovers the out-to-in path (slice), it's over.......

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Posted 01 October 2016 - 08:45 PM

View PostEKELLY, on 01 October 2016 - 08:07 PM, said:

Give a kid a 4' piece of 2x4 wood and he doesn't need lessons. Hit the ball without hitting the 2x4 and you have  a kid that will NEVER slice a golf ball......That is the difference in starting them young with lessons....Once a golfer discovers the out-to-in path (slice), it's over.......

I dont know Dustin Johnson, hits with out to path for cut and actually Phil hits out to in to hit his pull draw.

Personally I prefer having a path of 2 or 3 degrees across the to hit a cut with my driver and then 2-1 degrees with irons to draws and cuts.

The killer move in golf is most people dont start with lessons and have awful grips and awful setup. Which leads awful that will be tougher to change as time goes on due thry will get really bad if you try to change before thry will ever get good.
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Posted 01 October 2016 - 09:37 PM

In the summer our league lets the high school team play with us. We play whites and they play from the blues. Every one of the young men have been very friendly and great company. Some of them are average, but a couple were exceptional and very competitive.

Some of the younger generation have been known to do stupid things while playing, but around here most of my experience playing with or observing teens on the course has been very positive.
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Posted 02 October 2016 - 07:17 AM

im 31 and i feel like my game peaked when i was 19.  ofcourse that was when i was playing 72 holes a week and then life happened.  what i love about this game is old or young, shooting under par or 100, you can still enjoy the game and have a good time with friends and strangers alike.
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Posted 02 October 2016 - 07:20 PM

Kids......  they can be amazing. Just watched a video of a 3 year old playing
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Posted 12 October 2016 - 12:59 AM

View Postkozubs, on 30 September 2016 - 06:32 AM, said:

A couple of weeks ago after my club championship I asked how one of the juniors how he shot.  He said he shot 73 75.  This was from 5900 yards.  I was blown away as I shot in the 80s.

I've seen him on the range a lot. He has a great swing, traps it extremely well and everything is a tight draw right down the line.  A couple weeks ago I played nine with my wife and he was behind us.  I was entering my score after the round.  I was quite happy with even through nine.  He came in and I asked him how he played.  Minus 3 (through nine) and I lipped out a 10 footer for 4 under he said.

Last week he was playing a challenge with our pro on the range.  I begged the pro not to make this kid any better.  Anyways, I went to tee off and he asked if he could join me for 5 holes or so before his parents came to get him.  He played the blues with me.  I had a big distance advantage over him and was driving it very well that day. He was clearly swinging out of his shoes trying to keep up.  I told him to play his own game and that in a couple years he'd likely be air mailing my shots.  Once he relaxed he pared everything.

Here's the kicker.  He's 13 and only joined our club this year.  Our course isn't very long but is extremely tough with very high rough and lots of elevation changes.  You better watch you ball if it enters the rough or you will likely loose it. He used to play at a local pitch and put.  I was confused when he said this because he was so good.  I asked him how long he's been playing.  He just started last summer!  His friend wanted to go golfing so he got a cheap set of clubs and went out.

I'm blown away by this.  Not only is he shooting sub par rounds after 1 year of playing, but he's doing it completely honest with a great attitude.  He does played in local am tour this year and got 3rd.  He won our junior championship.  

Its great to see him out there.  I hope he sticks with it and puberty doesn't mess with him too much.
Keep an eye out for this kid, you might hear big things in the future. To get that good that quick his natural talent is off the scale.

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Posted 12 October 2016 - 10:00 AM

I was paired with a kid like this around a month ago.. He was a little older, just turned 15, but this kid was over 6' by a good margin. I was paired with him and his dad. His dad was one of the "my kid is better than me, you, your kids, and anyone else's kids" type, but outside of that was pretty friendly. We were neck and neck in driving distance when I swung fast, on average, he was a longer than me, but the fact that at any given time I was going to out hit him got into his head, and apparently his father's head as well. I was walking and they were in a cart together, and apparently his father had made this day to be about a competition against me once his dad realized he wasn't going to beat his kid, or me, as I heard some of the things he was saying.

He was young, so driving distance was a big deal to him. We finished out the front and I shot a +2, which ended up being 5 better than him. I said the same thing you did OP, and told him that it's not about how far you hit the ball, and to play his game. I could tell he was tired of being pushed by his dad. We were at my home course and I started helping him around the course, giving lines, distances, green breaks, etc and we tied on the back.

He hadn't been playing all that long either, and it's just incredible to see some of these young athletes hit the ball. If this kid get's rid of his dad's ego on hitting the ball far, and starts chipping and putting better, he's going to be an incredible golfer. On a couple holes when he swung out of his shoes, he hit the ball in places I'd never been on that course before. He definitely has the tools, just needs a little coaching on the mental part of the game.
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Posted 16 October 2016 - 08:29 AM

View PostEKELLY, on 01 October 2016 - 08:07 PM, said:

Give a kid a 4' piece of 2x4 wood and he doesn't need lessons. Hit the ball without hitting the 2x4 and you have  a kid that will NEVER slice a golf ball......That is the difference in starting them young with lessons....Once a golfer discovers the out-to-in path (slice), it's over.......

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Posted 16 October 2016 - 10:23 AM

View PostSantiago Golf, on 01 October 2016 - 08:45 PM, said:

View PostEKELLY, on 01 October 2016 - 08:07 PM, said:

Give a kid a 4' piece of 2x4 wood and he doesn't need lessons. Hit the ball without hitting the 2x4 and you have  a kid that will NEVER slice a golf ball......That is the difference in starting them young with lessons....Once a golfer discovers the out-to-in path (slice), it's over.......

I dont know Dustin Johnson, hits with out to path for cut and actually Phil hits out to in to hit his pull draw.

Personally I prefer having a path of 2 or 3 degrees across the to hit a cut with my driver and then 2-1 degrees with irons to draws and cuts.

The killer move in golf is most people dont start with lessons and have awful grips and awful setup. Which leads awful that will be tougher to change as time goes on due thry will get really bad if you try to change before thry will ever get good.
I definately agree with you, I just see a significant out to in, not the slight angle  you and I prefer...........

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 05:26 PM

Must be nice for that kid to have parents who support him. Either way though he definately has exceptional talent.


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Posted 04 July 2017 - 07:25 PM

Sounds like the OP has one to watch.  I hope his parents don't go "Trophy Kids" on him.

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 07:34 PM

View PostSantiago Golf, on 01 October 2016 - 08:45 PM, said:

View PostEKELLY, on 01 October 2016 - 08:07 PM, said:

Give a kid a 4' piece of 2x4 wood and he doesn't need lessons. Hit the ball without hitting the 2x4 and you have  a kid that will NEVER slice a golf ball......That is the difference in starting them young with lessons....Once a golfer discovers the out-to-in path (slice), it's over.......

I dont know Dustin Johnson, hits with out to path for cut and actually Phil hits out to in to hit his pull draw.

Personally I prefer having a path of 2 or 3 degrees across the to hit a cut with my driver and then 2-1 degrees with irons to draws and cuts.

The killer move in golf is most people dont start with lessons and have awful grips and awful setup. Which leads awful that will be tougher to change as time goes on due thry will get really bad if you try to change before thry will ever get good.

If I were a betting man I would say that all pros who have a slight path to the left learned to swing in to out first.  

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Posted 05 July 2017 - 12:00 AM

I'm seeing kids who are similar. It's a trip.

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Posted 05 July 2017 - 01:42 AM

View Postkozubs, on 30 September 2016 - 06:32 AM, said:

A couple of weeks ago after my club championship I asked how one of the juniors how he shot.  He said he shot 73 75.  This was from 5900 yards.  I was blown away as I shot in the 80s.

I've seen him on the range a lot. He has a great swing, traps it extremely well and everything is a tight draw right down the line.  A couple weeks ago I played nine with my wife and he was behind us.  I was entering my score after the round.  I was quite happy with even through nine.  He came in and I asked him how he played.  Minus 3 (through nine) and I lipped out a 10 footer for 4 under he said.

Last week he was playing a challenge with our pro on the range.  I begged the pro not to make this kid any better.  Anyways, I went to tee off and he asked if he could join me for 5 holes or so before his parents came to get him.  He played the blues with me.  I had a big distance advantage over him and was driving it very well that day. He was clearly swinging out of his shoes trying to keep up.  I told him to play his own game and that in a couple years he'd likely be air mailing my shots.  Once he relaxed he pared everything.

Here's the kicker.  He's 13 and only joined our club this year.  Our course isn't very long but is extremely tough with very high rough and lots of elevation changes.  You better watch you ball if it enters the rough or you will likely loose it. He used to play at a local pitch and put.  I was confused when he said this because he was so good.  I asked him how long he's been playing.  He just started last summer!  His friend wanted to go golfing so he got a cheap set of clubs and went out.

I'm blown away by this.  Not only is he shooting sub par rounds after 1 year of playing, but he's doing it completely honest with a great attitude.  He does played in local am tour this year and got 3rd.  He won our junior championship.  

Its great to see him out there.  I hope he sticks with it and puberty doesn't mess with him too much.
living in asia and competing is humbling now.  every big am tourney we have or interclub match or club championship some kid you've seen around is suddenly a metre taller and a +1.  the range is an assembly line of perfect swings, girls and boys.  

i have to say, teaching pros now have a tremendous amount of resources to help the kids.  i've aided a pro in a 90 minute session where he taught three kids at once from grip to swing.  by the end of it, they all were hitting the ball solidly.  they went and played 3 holes and all did remarkably well.  scary stuff.

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Posted 05 July 2017 - 08:22 AM

View PostMyShortGameSucks, on 30 September 2016 - 10:53 AM, said:

Yup a lot of great junior golfers out there now - many have been playing US Kids tournament golf since they were 7 years old or so.  Go watch the US Kids Worlds or the Challenge Tour events and you will be amazed how good these kids are.

My son's 12 and off the 6200 yards whites at my home course he's looking to break par.   I can beat him off the 6700 yard tees(for perhaps this year) but off the whites probably not happening unless he has a bad day I.e 75 ��

The young players are amazing, both boys and girls.  There are many sound junior tours out there, the Florida Junior Tour has added a 10-year old division and another junior organization is the Emerald Coast Junior Tour, so many good players the competition is tough.


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Posted 05 July 2017 - 09:36 AM

I played with him a few times this year.  Last night I played with him but his dad was driving the cart.  He was on his 3rd round of the day when I joined him.  His dad doesn't golf.  Very nice fellow who seemed to have very little interest in golf.  You could tell that it was something that his son absolutely loves and he supports him.  I was really nice to see.

By the way, 1 year later, he now drives within 20 yards of me but is unbelievable within 100 yards.  Really respectful kid as well.  He's just finished grade 8 but he seems small for his age.  I hope a growth spurt doesn't mess up his game.  

View Postfarmer, on 04 July 2017 - 07:25 PM, said:

Sounds like the OP has one to watch.  I hope his parents don't go "Trophy Kids" on him.


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Posted 05 July 2017 - 12:07 PM

There is a couple kids like that at my course. Range and putting green from sun up to sun down.  Extremely nice as well.  Its really cool to see. I wish I could have started at that age.
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Posted 05 July 2017 - 12:26 PM

Played 9 with a kid 3 weeks a go. 14, 5'6",125 lbs.

Shot 34, missed one green, missed 3 doable birdie putts. It's not his regular course and greens are 11 on Stemp.

Best ball striker I ever played with. Kid was money. Amazed.

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Posted 05 July 2017 - 03:00 PM

On my son's Jr. PGA team the smallest kid routinely cranks 200-yard drives. This kid, no exaggeration, couldn't weigh more than 50 pounds. It's the darndest thing you ever saw.

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 01:09 PM

It took my brother only a year and a half to become a scratch golfer when he was 14.....the strange part is he hits with a baseball grip


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