umbrella trick... The player still has to hit the shot, and if she had a practice round and a frickin' pin sheet there is no more information a parent with an umbrella can give her.
Done my stint as a parent of a female junior golfer who now plays NCAA golf.. The AJGA says extent of verbal communication a parent can have with their junior is "good shot, nice bird" etc… We had a situation where the parent was calling out what we were supposed to think was "nice shot" to other players where they were actually coaching their own daughter - but nobody spoke the language so we thought nothing of it until we had an asian friend in our group one event who informed us. The parent was actually using congratulatory timing to give swing tips to their kid!
The asian parents would also give swing advice in their native tongue and disguise it by holding out food as if to say "do you want your sandwich?" But it doesn't help. It takes the player out of their element and does far more harm than good.
Early on we were at Callaway junior worlds and the foreign players have to provide proof of age through birth certificate or similar front their home country. You should see the fakes these parents would bring. In our 13-14 year age group there was a 180lb fully matured Philippine girl who looked to be 18 and they were passing her off as 14. The birth certificate looked like they made it at home using "Microsoft Paint." The girl hit her driver 75 yards past everyone in the field.
Asian junior golf on US soil was cheaters paradise..
Edited by station2station, 28 February 2013 - 10:54 AM.
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