heavy_hitter, on 18 October 2017 - 12:48 PM, said:
TimberBeast, on 18 October 2017 - 12:23 PM, said:
My daughter is 12, as she gets older we are finding less and less time for practice and playing. She is a natural athlete, has always
been good at everything. I have always encouraged her to play every sport she can and wants to since she was little. She just started practicing for her school's 7th grade basketball team a couple weeks ago and that is tough. She has only ever done a golf lesson about 3 times a month, for about 45 min to an hour. She plays about once or twice a month or so with me (i don't play usually, just take her) and she gets out to practice on the range, chipping, putting, a few more times per month. Took her this past Saturday and she shot a 76 from the women's tees.
We have a good local US Kids tour with 3 seasons per year that we aren't doing quite as much of anymore. We're trying to move up a little to SJGT, have a couple of those coming up in the next couple months. I have always focused on her not playing and practicing as much as possible, and making sure she has other interests. She is a very good tennis player (although doesn't practice much anymore), and she'll play on the high school team next Spring, along with being the #1 girl on the high school girl's golf team (which isn't saying a whole lot for her school).
I want to start getting her more serious on the golf next year with practice , but still letting her play more sports if she wants too. Her basketball practice schedule has been eye opening this year though, it has been a little much, but she absolutely loves it so no way I'm making her stop. But at some point things have to start narrowing down, and golf is her true love.
If golf is her true love and she can shoot 76 from the women's tee with little to no practice she can earn a college scholarship to play the game. Basketball is a great sport and many crossover drills and conditioning that help with golf. As a 7th grader, she really needs to start branching out and playing 2 day tournaments. Needs to get her name on college coaches radars now if it is her passion and that is what she wants to do. If you need any help or have any questions shoot me a PM. Would be happy to help because there is no road map on how to do it. You really only know how from previous experiences in doing it.
Don't get me wrong, she has played plenty of golf. We just don't get out and get her so much practice. Like I said, it has fallen off lately because of time but she was able to do a couple team golf events a few weeks ago, two back to back actually that broke the bank pretty good. I want her to keep doing the US Kids stuff here and there because it's close and she's still transitioning to walking 18 holes, I think it's good practice. Everything next year will finally be 18 holes so that's good. Heavy I'll definitely pm you because I could use some advice on a lot of that stuff.
My main point here was that I fully encourage her to play as many sports as possible and always have, and that I think too much practice can be a bad thing as well at these younger ages. There has to be other things going on in their lives. With tennis I always tell her now, Play tennis to Play golf. Even if she doesn't enjoy it as much anymore it keeps her fit and she gets to hang around with her friends and play against them for fun. They are still kids.
Edited by TimberBeast, 18 October 2017 - 02:36 PM.