tiger1873, on 23 January 2018 - 07:11 PM, said:
heavy_hitter, on 23 January 2018 - 05:53 PM, said:
tiger1873, on 23 January 2018 - 08:29 AM, said:
I am not sure there is a set number or specific event. I think kids need to be challenged and it depends on a lot factors.
When they are younger you should move them up when they win. I would say sooner rather then later. When they are older it is a much harder decision. For instance moving up from 11-12 to 13-14 locally here is a big jump there are no caddies at that level. In a lot cases I see kids moved up but honestly there not yet there in maturity. I think the issue never goes away for girls either. I really think too many girls should be focus on college playing then jump ship after a semester and turn pro. With boys it just much harder to win angainst the competition so you don't see 12 year olds i. The US Open.
It is not an easy question to answer.
Best thing to happen to a kid is their parents not being their to caddie for them.
Couldn’t agree more with this statement. It a big jump socially though for them.
I am wrestling with the this issue right now. She is only 11 and could easily play without me as a caddie. The problem is not the distance or maturity on the course but it an issue socially because there is a big difference between a 13 year old and 11 year old in non golf stuff.
I have seen other kids do it and it always seems to be rough on them them and sometimes makes golf not fun for them.
While my initial question was regarding dealing with the mental side of handling the transition from consistently winning (and expecting to do so) to potentially just being middle of the pack-ish, the social aspect is a concern for me as well
It is unpredictable who you are grouped with and what the dynamic would be like; the age jump I am thinking of could be playing with kids up to 5yrs older; they are playing to win and there is no reason to be civilized or, in the most pessimistic case, for intimidation or verbal abuse to be used to try to get an edge (heard of one instance where this occurred)
It seems very different than playing with older friends or kids at the club where you have an ongoing relationship and there is more of a big sibling-type dynamic
To provide context, they are already playing unaccompanied (carrying own bags) in our local PGA section at the age-appropriate group and obviously would continue to do so in any step up in age group