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#1 wildcatden

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Posted 31 January 2019 - 04:31 PM

Work on my 8YO kid's swing, he has been trying to get more efficient and increased distance.  While on the range, I always want him to be aiming at something regardless of the club in hand. For driver, I have been having him aim at this flag 125 yards out and telling him to hit it over it (which he can do if he strikes it well).

Perhaps from a mental aspect, would he be better served to be trying to carry it over a flag that is 150 yards out (which he can NOT do yet even on his best strike)?   Curious as to what others have done.  It's sort of a "aim high" (set your goals high) vs "build confidence" (achievable success) question.


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Posted 31 January 2019 - 04:40 PM

Depending on the range have him try to land a driver between two Flag Sticks, two greens etc. like he is parting a fairway.  We have trees on our range and work on hitting it in between them.

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Posted 31 January 2019 - 04:45 PM

View Postheavy_hitter, on 31 January 2019 - 04:40 PM, said:

Depending on the range have him try to land a driver between two Flag Sticks, two greens etc. like he is parting a fairway.  We have trees on our range and work on hitting it in between them.

Yes, I am a big fan of the aiming part.  Have you tried anything to get your kid to strive for more distance?  I suppose the answer is you need to do a little bit of both...sort of like playing forward tees to learn to go low and playing tees back to learn to save par.

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Posted 31 January 2019 - 05:40 PM

View Postwildcatden, on 31 January 2019 - 04:45 PM, said:

View Postheavy_hitter, on 31 January 2019 - 04:40 PM, said:

Depending on the range have him try to land a driver between two Flag Sticks, two greens etc. like he is parting a fairway.  We have trees on our range and work on hitting it in between them.

Yes, I am a big fan of the aiming part.  Have you tried anything to get your kid to strive for more distance?  I suppose the answer is you need to do a little bit of both...sort of like playing forward tees to learn to go low and playing tees back to learn to save par.
We have a sign way out down the middle of the range and we've been aiming at it for years now. Finally hit it on the fly last week.  We're always trying to hit it hard with speed.

Only thing I'll caution you on is that most ranges use distance limited balls so you don't necessarily want to use them for measuring distance.

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Posted 31 January 2019 - 05:48 PM

View Postleezer99, on 31 January 2019 - 05:40 PM, said:

View Postwildcatden, on 31 January 2019 - 04:45 PM, said:

View Postheavy_hitter, on 31 January 2019 - 04:40 PM, said:

Depending on the range have him try to land a driver between two Flag Sticks, two greens etc. like he is parting a fairway.  We have trees on our range and work on hitting it in between them.

Yes, I am a big fan of the aiming part.  Have you tried anything to get your kid to strive for more distance?  I suppose the answer is you need to do a little bit of both...sort of like playing forward tees to learn to go low and playing tees back to learn to save par.
We have a sign way out down the middle of the range and we've been aiming at it for years now. Finally hit it on the fly last week.  We're always trying to hit it hard with speed.

Only thing I'll caution you on is that most ranges use distance limited balls so you don't necessarily want to use them for measuring distance.

Thanks, we'll try aiming at the flags waaaaaay out there for a while.  I've trained myself to tell him to always "swing fast" and never use the phrase "swing hard".   And yes, I'm pretty sure our course uses distance limited balls. Each large bucket seems to contain either a couple cracked balls or ones with the cover peeling off.


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Posted 31 January 2019 - 06:22 PM

We always create a make believe tight fairway and try to hit balls between flags.  Not so much working on distance given most range balls are limited flight.  I try to have my son hit every drive as hard as he can while also maintaining accuracy of course.

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Posted 31 January 2019 - 08:58 PM

Like everyone else we use targets on the range and make believe fairways and have targets way out there. Only thing I hate is range mats. Our range just installed mats which keeps the range open longer but you want to hit off grass as much as possible. Also range balls are limited flight so we never worry about distance.

So we basically now will never go more then one session without going out on the course to play a few holes and make sure we hit off grass.

Also if you want them to swing fast get a swing speed radar. What you think is fast may actually not be. The radar helps them learn what a faster swing feels like.

Edited by tiger1873, 31 January 2019 - 09:15 PM.


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Posted 01 February 2019 - 07:19 AM

Like everyone else we have a target, fairway and shot that needs to be called out prior to the swing.   Otherwise, I get a lot
Kid : "That was good"
me :  "You missed left"
Kid:  "I was going for the green flag on the left"
Me:  "Since when?, we have been hitting to the red flag"

The other aspect of range practice; is we keep the bucket of balls behind him or far away.  It forces him to walk away, get the ball, go through his pre shot routine rather than just swinging away.

For distance:  There are times I will ask him to swing aggressively while maintaining balance, or we club will down and try and hit the  same target (that takes away the variance of the ball ).

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 11:07 AM

That is great that you have him hitting at a target regardless of what club is in his hand! My PGA Mentor/Teacher taught this and I do the same with my students. Every single time that they pull a club and hit a ball, whether on the line or on the course, they must have a target, regardless of the club. Regarding distance, with my children(65% of my book), I do not really speak to it as much as accuracy and swinging as hard as they can while staying in balance. Balance is key!! I don’t want my students focusing on distance so much as accuracy & balance. The distance will come. To put “distance“ in a child’s mind is putting the same thought that so many adult male amatures have, whether it be in selecting their driver, swinging on the line or on the course, and this is and can be very counter productive if they happen to be smaller in build or not swinging as fast as their peers. The swing speed & distance will come as they grow into their swing, much as Tiger’s did,  as long as they focus on swinging as hard as they can while keeping perfect balance.

Believe me, if you swing and hit that ball in the center of that driver, the distance will be fine, lol. I would not have them focus on the distance of the flag and instead just have one major focus: TARGET/ACCURACY. Regarding having a pin up or further back, it doesn’t really matter to me as we have greens/pins from 100-200yds every 25yds and 200-300yds every 50yds. Just pick a pin for accuracy and let ‘er rip 😉 I guess my point is that I want my student’s thoughts to be “target, target, target,” just as mine and every accomplished Player’s are. As long as he/she is swinging in balance, they will be fine. They will naturally learn to “reach back” when they need that fifth gear/distance by the experimentation and trial and error that we all went/go through. Good luck :) M

Edited by nikegal, 09 February 2019 - 01:20 PM.


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Posted 09 February 2019 - 02:21 PM

View Postkcap, on 01 February 2019 - 07:19 AM, said:

The other aspect of range practice; is we keep the bucket of balls behind him or far away.  It forces him to walk away, get the ball, go through his pre shot routine rather than just swinging away.
Great point and I do the same though I ommitted this from my initial post. I put the bucket behind them back by their bag, which while only 5-6’ away, as KC mentioned, it forces them to step away, and breaks the routine of developing the condition that Richard so eloquently refers to as “scrapeitis” and he categorizes this group of golfers as “scrapers,” haha. I then have them approach their next ball as they would a shot on the course, first standing behind their ball after placing it down and then going through their PSR, then stepping into the box. Take care :) M


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