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#1 darter79

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Posted 27 March 2018 - 11:29 AM

Its to be expected with US kids events at the local scene but how do you handle with your kids not having a negative impact on how they are playing. We been played with some recently who never played before and its great that new young girl golfers are coming out and playing but when they struggle to break 70 (and sometimes they don't).  Its hard on the pace of play becomes brutal. I won't get in to the over coaching that goes on and on. There was a situation where my daughter drove the green and it seemed like we waited 10 -15 mins before the other girls were even getting on the green. I do notice my daughter seems to play down to competition and up to better girls as she played recently in 9-10 year old division and I've never seen her drive the ball as well as she did that day.  By no means is mine great at all, she not an under par golfer.....

What is the best way to handle these situations?

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#2 Sean2

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Posted 27 March 2018 - 11:33 AM

Perhaps set your expectations? If you know going in itís going to be slow it may be less frustrating.
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Posted 27 March 2018 - 11:40 AM

View PostSean2, on 27 March 2018 - 11:33 AM, said:

Perhaps set your expectations? If you know going in it's going to be slow it may be less frustrating.

This.  Set the expectations days in advance.  Make her aware of how it is going to be.  Have conversations with her on the course about music, movies, whatever and tell her not to watch the other girls play.  My son and I would tell each other jokes on the course.  They only need to concentrate about 30 seconds for each shot.  Let her know that she needs to try to bury the competition.  Had a buddy whose daughter felt bad that she was beating the girls by too much so she played down on purpose.

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Posted 27 March 2018 - 12:21 PM

Group golf is never going to be a perfect pace. Teach them to play situational and learn to start and stop your concentration when it's your turn.

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Posted 27 March 2018 - 12:26 PM

It is tough for sure.  My son is a fast player, but he needs to get used to playing with players of all abilities and speed.  Bottom line, I tell him to try and make as many birdies as possible.  That is all we concentrate on these days.

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Posted 27 March 2018 - 12:29 PM

View Postkekoa, on 27 March 2018 - 12:26 PM, said:

It is tough for sure.  My son is a fast player, but he needs to get used to playing with players of all abilities and speed.  Bottom line, I tell him to try and make as many birdies as possible.  That is all we concentrate on these days.

Isn’t that always the goal?

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Posted 27 March 2018 - 12:33 PM

View Postheavy_hitter, on 27 March 2018 - 11:40 AM, said:

View PostSean2, on 27 March 2018 - 11:33 AM, said:

Perhaps set your expectations? If you know going in it's going to be slow it may be less frustrating.

This.  Set the expectations days in advance.  Make her aware of how it is going to be.  Have conversations with her on the course about music, movies, whatever and tell her not to watch the other girls play.  My son and I would tell each other jokes on the course.  They only need to concentrate about 30 seconds for each shot.  Let her know that she needs to try to bury the competition.  Had a buddy whose daughter felt bad that she was beating the girls by too much so she played down on purpose.

Good stuff. I really like the not watching she enjoys supporting the younger girls but that’s a good plan.

She currently winning by 15-30 strokes right now, and honestly she hasn’t put in a solid round this season yet.

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Posted 27 March 2018 - 12:38 PM

View Postdarter79, on 27 March 2018 - 12:29 PM, said:

View Postkekoa, on 27 March 2018 - 12:26 PM, said:

It is tough for sure.  My son is a fast player, but he needs to get used to playing with players of all abilities and speed.  Bottom line, I tell him to try and make as many birdies as possible.  That is all we concentrate on these days.

Isn’t that always the goal?

Depends on the golfer.  Some concentrate on score, winning, or numerous other things.  Some don't go out with any goal at all.
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Posted 27 March 2018 - 12:39 PM

How about focusing on positive things. And also let her know that people get started at different ages.
If she's a jr golfer now there's a good chance that she'll plateau and will fall behind her competitors. Might not be a good idea to focus on how bad all of the other kids are right now.

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Posted 27 March 2018 - 12:47 PM

View Postnochct1, on 27 March 2018 - 12:39 PM, said:

How about focusing on positive things. And also let her know that people get started at different ages.
If she's a jr golfer now there's a good chance that she'll plateau and will fall behind her competitors. Might not be a good idea to focus on how bad all of the other kids are right now.

I never said mine was great, she not. The only reason I'm focusing on it because it does have an impact currently on how she plays. But good points about focusing on the positive.


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Posted 30 March 2018 - 10:09 AM

We are lucky, in both tours my son has played his opponents and he are extremely evenly matched, which makes for good pace and constantly keeps a good competitive spirit up. However, the groups in front of us of older players are notoriously slow and we started getting bogged down early last year. I got my son a small notebook and if we are stuck waiting for a while he will pull it out and draw or just write down things to keep his mind occupied. It is good chance for him to learn how to keep himself focused during a match!
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Posted 09 April 2018 - 11:09 PM

It's a good time to teach her valuable life lessons?  Like, I don't know ... patience?  She is going to experience it in competition with fellow competitors if she sticks with golf, I 100% guarantee it.

Can't tell you how many times I play public courses only to be bogged down behind "older/beginner" groups and have my slow 3 1/2 hour rounds take 5+.  Comes with the territory.  Understand you were once in their shoes as well.

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 06:04 AM

View PostFullOfBrushMan, on 09 April 2018 - 11:09 PM, said:

It's a good time to teach her valuable life lessons?  Like, I don't know ... patience?  She is going to experience it in competition with fellow competitors if she sticks with golf, I 100% guarantee it.

Can't tell you how many times I play public courses only to be bogged down behind "older/beginner" groups and have my slow 3 1/2 hour rounds take 5+.  Comes with the territory.  Understand you were once in their shoes as well.

Won’t play public courses for this very reason.  Rounds on muni’s are painful.

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 06:08 AM

We play in the slower part of the day. Less people to get bogged down and then if we want to work on something we don't hold anyone up. Me being a firefighter paramedic helps with that. Doesn't help with the golf expense haha

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