CTgolf, on 18 November 2018 - 07:12 AM, said:
Chatted with another junior golf parent yesterday, the discussion veered towards other local area juniors and the parent touted them as "prodigies" and "future stars". I thought about this afterwards, and realized that, while the aforementioned juniors had won their respective local US Kids Tour, they had never really played well in Worlds (not top 50) nor even played well in USK Regional events. So I guess the question I have is...what would level of accomplishment would you consider to be "great" in Junior Golf? Is it top 25 in an International World Championship? Placing in a USK Regional event? Being invited to a prestigious tournament?
For context, we were discussing 10-12yo boys.
I think kids that are used to bent grass always struggle at Pinehurst. Places like mid pines and Pinehurst 1 that hold ages 7-9, grain really matters and affects putting/short game a lot. Itís just an adjustment thatís hard to trust at that age. Some pros hate poa out west and the Florida swing.
I also think kids in the northeast are not ďall inĒ when it comes to golf. Weather makes it difficult and, generally, itís not like these kids can practice every day all year round. Putting aside talent (I think everyone that goes to worlds is pretty talented), there seems to be a direct correlation between success at larger events and hours put in. I would guess that most local tour champions in the northeast have put in half the number of hours into the game as those from the south or out in California.
Edited by yellowlover519, 20 November 2018 - 12:18 AM.