Any thoughts on golf academies or camps?
Posted 21 March 2018 - 06:53 PM
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Posted 25 April 2018 - 12:09 AM
Re GGGA - On the plus side, he got really good training (more on that later), learnt responsibility (carried and cleaned his own clubs, learnt to hydrate and eat during a Florida summer round) was able to meet kids from different background/nationalities. I think his room mates were an 11 yr from Columbia and a 13 yr old from China. Language was an issue but all three from spoke a common language i.e Golf.
Hopefully it is obvious that we wanted him to get good training, as well as experience the intangibles of a sleep away camp. The purpose was not to get him ready for college golf. i am with the other parents on that - you need to wait till the child is 14ish to see if he has the interest, skill etc to make it.
Re: the training. I think it was great, the emphasis is on drills and fitness in the morning. Followed by playing time at Mission Inn and then of course pool time. He came back playing better golf but it was hard to sustain cause range session are back to hitting the ball rather drill after drill after drill.
Will note that the instructors are quite accessible during the camp and after. I have sent videos of his recent swing and got back drills to work on.
He will be going back this summer for probably a two week camp. I have tried to be quite clear in why we send him there, send me PM if you want more info, happy to help.
I have a view on the full time academy but your child is only 10 - you are at least 4 yrs away from that decision.
I was a coaching intern at GGGA in Summer of 2017 so I probably saw and maybe taught your kid, glad he had fun while improving his game, that was the end goal when I was an intern.
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