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#61 kekoa

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Posted 18 November 2016 - 12:21 PM

View Postdpb5031, on 17 November 2016 - 08:52 PM, said:

View Postkekoa, on 17 November 2016 - 04:21 PM, said:

OP,

When did Haley start golf and was she a natural right away?

Also curious what other sports she used to play.  thanks!

Both of my girls played soccer, baseball/softball, and basketball starting young.  They were also exposed to golf occasionally since I played and belonged to a club.  Haley got really into lacrosse starting at age 10 or 11 and was very good at it mostly because she could run fast and score.  My older daughter got into rowing crew which was a great experience for her.

At around age 8 we noticed that Haley had a knack for golf.  Her arms didn't go soft and collapse at the top like many youngsters and she seemed to have more speed/power than most, but she only came to the range occasionally.

When she was 10 she played her first 9 hole tournament and shot 53 from the forward tees with no caddy.  The following year at age 11 was when we really got going with US Kids local and then regionals.  She was not groomed to play only golf from a young age like is so commonplace in the post-Tiger era.

Haley did not play high school golf because she played lacrosse which is in the same season here in NJ.  She also ran sprints on the winter track team.  On the national level there are a lot of girls who are better players than her, but I think she has more upside than most because she hasn't been at it full time like most of the top junior players.  We'll see...

I would say she was somewhat of a natural because of general athleticism, but also because she has always been very "coachable." When she was 13 we started with Slicefixer.  Before that I was teaching her the basics as best I could, learning a lot from the instructional forums here.

There's no perfect recipe as each kid is different and will respond differently to coaching, encouragement, motivation, etc.  You also cannot expect perfect linear progression.  There are lots of ups and downs, highs/lows, and varying degrees of interest and motivation along the way.

Thanks for the insight.  Am always curious how great junior golfers started out.  Much appreciated.


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Posted 18 November 2016 - 12:30 PM

Holy Smokes! What an awesome experience. I'm hoping my daughter will take to the game as well so she can afford me these opportunities and hopefully be my retirement plan. haha jk. Great job OP, you've obviously raised a great athlete and kind heart-ed daughter.

Best of luck to her at Elon. A good friend of mine for highschool went there on a soccer scholarship. He couldn't say enough good things about their athletics and the education he got.
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Posted 18 November 2016 - 12:44 PM

Awesome story and experience.  Who is your daughter's teacher?

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Posted 18 November 2016 - 12:45 PM

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Awesome story and experience.  Who is your daughter's teacher?

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Posted 18 November 2016 - 12:48 PM

View Postyoungwaldo, on 18 November 2016 - 12:44 PM, said:

Awesome story and experience.  Who is your daughter's teacher?

Wk

Geoff Jones...a.k.a. Slicefixer here on GolfWRX... treats her like a daughter.

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Posted 18 November 2016 - 12:51 PM

Great post and what an amazing experience.

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Posted 18 November 2016 - 12:52 PM

What a great experience, but an experience rewarded with hard work for a great cause.  Congrats to you both.
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Posted 18 November 2016 - 01:10 PM

View PostPZero, on 18 November 2016 - 12:51 PM, said:

Great post and what an amazing experience.

What all did you get autographed by Jack and Rick?

We're not big autograph seekers/collectors, but when she was done playing they brought us into the clubhouse and gave each kid this beautiful framed, matted, and autographed photo:  
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My wife and I enjoyed speaking with Jack and Barbara.  We did not ask for autographs, just simply enjoyed their company for a few minutes.  Jack even asked Lauri (my wife) to hold his sunglasses while he posed for a photo with someone else.  It was so cool as I'm a huge JN fan.  I spoke to him briefly about some of the courses he's designed, including my favorite, Punta Espada at the Cap Cana resort in the Dominican Republic.

Haley got a bunch of other goodies including plenty of cool Puma gear and I think she got a few things signed.  

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Posted 18 November 2016 - 01:14 PM

View Postdpb5031, on 18 November 2016 - 10:11 AM, said:

View PostZ1ggy16, on 18 November 2016 - 09:42 AM, said:

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View PostZ1ggy16, on 18 November 2016 - 08:20 AM, said:

That's awesome OP! Your daughter has a very nice swing. I'm also in the central NJ area...What coaches has she gone to? I'm looking for a new set of eyes next season.

Her swing coach is Geoff Jones (Slicefixer on GolfWRX).  He's in Texarkana, but comes to Warwick, NY (about 2 hours away) 4 or 5 times per year to teach his East coast students.  If you search GolfWRX instructional forums for "Slicefixer 9-3" you'll find a massive thread.  Geoff's been great for Haley.  I could connect you if you're interested.
So does he run kind of like a weekend golf school? How are his rates?

Thanks for the info though, I will check the thread out. As for Haley, what's her aspirations in golf? Is she just kind of playing for fun, or has dreams of LPGA? Would be so cool to see a fellow members kid on tour.

Geoff's rates are very reasonable.  He teaches hourly but often has first time students go through a 1 or 2 day "ground school" as a full immersion if you buy into his overall teaching concepts. If you'd like more info feel free to PM me anytime.

Like most normal teens, Haley's aspirations and level of motivation tend to change regularly...lol, so tough to know for certain how far she intends to pursue golf.  In my view it's a marathon, not a sprint.  I've seen too many "junior golf robots" burn out...some before they even get to college. My GolfWRX buddy Heavy_Hitter (golfing daughter from FL same age) can attest.

Haley's a social kid yet sadly, except for tournaments,  golf has been kind of solitary for her since she has no other girls in our area to play with regularly.  I think she's going to thrive in the college team environment. Hopefully we've given her a nice foundation, plus she's got good power which is often a limiting factor.

I just want her to have the best overall collegiate experience possible and however far she decides to pursue golf is fine with me either way.
I'm interested. Right now I pay the pro at Galloping Hills ~$100 an hour for a lesson. I've also gone to Teerific Golf Center in the Branchburg area and paid $100, too. So that seems about the going rate for a decent lesson. I was thinking of doing golf school, I can't remember the guys name but it was a phenomenal deal. It was a weekend course here in NJ for $500 or 600 and included lunch both days, long & short game, etc.

I hear you. I grew up and went to a huge high school. I didn't know a single girl who golfed, or let alone who was good enough to be in a pro-am. From what I've seen from your youtube links, your daughter has the technique, now all she needs to do is stay committed if she wants to continue into and past college! If not, hey, she's got a great story and a memory of a life time. Love to hear stories such as this.

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Posted 18 November 2016 - 01:30 PM

What is  your daughter's current bag set-up?

Edited by kekoa, 18 November 2016 - 01:30 PM.


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Posted 18 November 2016 - 01:37 PM

This is such a cool thread. Congrats to Haley and dpb. I'm certain you're a very proud Dad.

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Posted 18 November 2016 - 01:50 PM

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What is  your daughter's current bag set-up?

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Posted 18 November 2016 - 01:58 PM

Congrats man that's one hell of an experience and also for raising so much money for charity!!!
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Posted 19 November 2016 - 06:54 PM

Great story all round. Congrats to you and your family

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Posted 19 November 2016 - 07:12 PM

Beautiful family and amazing experience!   Thanks for sharing!!  I am the proud father of two young daughters (5&2) and can't wait to see what the future holds for them. Love seeing stuff like this!  Congrats to your daughter and your entire family.


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Posted 19 November 2016 - 07:56 PM

Congrats to you and your daughter OP!

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Posted 19 November 2016 - 08:14 PM

Absolutely amazing, you raised your Daughter well and she certainly has an extremely bright future. This has to be one of the best threads I've ever seen on WRX during my time here. Also, great bag set up she has, well selected. Best of luck and hoping for many many more successes!
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Posted 20 November 2016 - 07:22 AM

View PostBCULAW, on 19 November 2016 - 07:12 PM, said:

Beautiful family and amazing experience!   Thanks for sharing!!  I am the proud father of two young daughters (5&2) and can't wait to see what the future holds for them. Love seeing stuff like this!  Congrats to your daughter and your entire family.

Thank you for the kind words.  You've got your hands full with two girls 5 & 2.  Enjoy the ride, they'll be off to college in the blink of an eye!
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Posted 20 November 2016 - 07:39 AM

View PostPalauan Hammer, on 19 November 2016 - 08:14 PM, said:

Absolutely amazing, you raised your Daughter well and she certainly has an extremely bright future. This has to be one of the best threads I've ever seen on WRX during my time here. Also, great bag set up she has, well selected. Best of luck and hoping for many many more successes!

Thank you!  The GolfWRX community has played a significant role and I'm appreciative of that.  I've learned a ton about the swing from the insructional forums here, particularly from some key contributors past and present.  Reading and participating in these discussions has expanded my knowledge and shaped my views/opinions of the swing. This has enabled me to better help my daughter and to recognize/identify high quality and credible instruction.  

I've also learned that it's best to have the restraint to say less and leave the major instruction to her swing coach.  You can't imagine the garbage that I hear spewing from the mouths of well meaning dad's on the practice tee at junior tournaments.
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Posted 21 November 2016 - 09:06 AM

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View Postmwkbmw, on 18 November 2016 - 10:15 AM, said:

Awesome post, OP! Thanks for sharing.

BTW, I searched quite thoroughly, but cannot seem to find where Elon plays their home matches. I only live about 20 minutes form the university.

Congrats, I know you're proud.

Thanks for the post MWK!

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Posted 21 November 2016 - 02:15 PM

View Postdpb5031, on 18 November 2016 - 10:11 AM, said:

View PostZ1ggy16, on 18 November 2016 - 09:42 AM, said:

View Postdpb5031, on 18 November 2016 - 08:38 AM, said:

View PostZ1ggy16, on 18 November 2016 - 08:20 AM, said:

That's awesome OP! Your daughter has a very nice swing. I'm also in the central NJ area...What coaches has she gone to? I'm looking for a new set of eyes next season.

Her swing coach is Geoff Jones (Slicefixer on GolfWRX).  He's in Texarkana, but comes to Warwick, NY (about 2 hours away) 4 or 5 times per year to teach his East coast students.  If you search GolfWRX instructional forums for "Slicefixer 9-3" you'll find a massive thread.  Geoff's been great for Haley.  I could connect you if you're interested.
So does he run kind of like a weekend golf school? How are his rates?

Thanks for the info though, I will check the thread out. As for Haley, what's her aspirations in golf? Is she just kind of playing for fun, or has dreams of LPGA? Would be so cool to see a fellow members kid on tour.

Geoff's rates are very reasonable.  He teaches hourly but often has first time students go through a 1 or 2 day "ground school" as a full immersion if you buy into his overall teaching concepts. If you'd like more info feel free to PM me anytime.

Like most normal teens, Haley's aspirations and level of motivation tend to change regularly...lol, so tough to know for certain how far she intends to pursue golf.  In my view it's a marathon, not a sprint.  I've seen too many "junior golf robots" burn out...some before they even get to college. My GolfWRX buddy Heavy_Hitter (golfing daughter from FL same age) can attest.

Haley's a social kid yet sadly, except for tournaments,  golf has been kind of solitary for her since she has no other girls in our area to play with regularly.  I think she's going to thrive in the college team environment. Hopefully we've given her a nice foundation, plus she's got good power which is often a limiting factor.

I just want her to have the best overall collegiate experience possible and however far she decides to pursue golf is fine with me either way.

Finally got a chance to sit down and read this thread.  Last week Went from Dallas to home,  Charlotte to home, to my kid getting her knee scoped this morning.  Has been a wild week.

Awesome experience for the family.  a Lifetime Memory.

You are right.  Burn out is real.

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 08:24 AM

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 11:52 AM

Congrats to you and your family and best of luck moving forward. Hope she is truly enjoying it all and being able to look back one day and say you were with her through this will mean more than anything.

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#84 Conrad1953

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 04:40 PM

Wow, I love threads like this!

Thanks so much for sharing with us. It just made my day!

I'm sure you are a proud father and hats off to you for the way you
have gone about this. You have much wisdom and it comes through
in your words.

Cheers for Haley. I hope she finds happiness in all the ups and downs
that lie ahead. She is on an amazing journey!

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#85 Palauan Hammer

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 05:04 PM

View Postdpb5031, on 20 November 2016 - 07:39 AM, said:

View PostPalauan Hammer, on 19 November 2016 - 08:14 PM, said:

Absolutely amazing, you raised your Daughter well and she certainly has an extremely bright future. This has to be one of the best threads I've ever seen on WRX during my time here. Also, great bag set up she has, well selected. Best of luck and hoping for many many more successes!

Thank you!  The GolfWRX community has played a significant role and I'm appreciative of that.  I've learned a ton about the swing from the insructional forums here, particularly from some key contributors past and present.  Reading and participating in these discussions has expanded my knowledge and shaped my views/opinions of the swing. This has enabled me to better help my daughter and to recognize/identify high quality and credible instruction.  

I've also learned that it's best to have the restraint to say less and leave the major instruction to her swing coach.  You can't imagine the garbage that I hear spewing from the mouths of well meaning dad's on the practice tee at junior tournaments.

Good on you doing the research, and of letting the coach "coach"! I've been around a number of juniors out here where I live, and there are always those parents that despite paying the coach they possibly undermine the advice/instructions given to their son or daughter. So I totally believe you on the garbage you can sometimes hear LOL

Like you I've learned a TON joining this site, it will no doubt help along my own golf journey and hopefully someday I can pass some of this knowledge to my nephews and nieces if they find an interest in golf as I don't have any kids.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays! And again, hoping for continued success for Haley and the Family!

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