Junior academy: Be on guard for a better swing
School of Golf’s Martin Hall is joined by a junior from The First Tee to teach a simple way to make an athletic golf swing. Watch School of Golf Wednesdays 7PM ET.
Junior Academy: Proper posture key to swing
School of Golf’s Martin Hall is joined by a junior from The First Tee of Central Florida to teach a simple way to get a consistent setup. Watch School of Golf Wednesdays 7PM ET.
Youth on Course juniors playing for just $5
Learn about the Youth on Course program that allows juniors to play for just $5 per round. Watch Champions Tour Learning Center on Golf Channel.
The Golf Fix: Breed helps The First Tee's Jovahn Nickerson
Michael Breed takes a look at the golf swing of The First Tee participant Jovahn Nickerson
Shoemaker: Keys to coaching juniors
Teaching professional Fred Shoemaker reveals how parents and coaches can help juniors get the most out of their game.Thank you for joining me at Golf Channel Academy, I'm Fred Shoemaker. This is all about coaching kids. See, when kids go off off a golf course , or you go off the golf course , what's the question that people ask you? The question is almost always, what'd you shoot? Have you ever walked off a golf course . Or have you ever asked your children, what did you learn? To that question about what did you learn, I think that
Specializing in sport: Good for kids?
Should juniors should specialize in one sport like 15-year-old Cole Hammer? The Morning Drive crew discusses.you guys were. I was either first or second in the country. Dudley Hart would tell you he was one, I would tell you that I was one. I didn't play any other sports. For that reason I burn out very easily, and it's something that I still struggle with to this day. I wish I had played other sports when I was younger and didn't get real serious about golf until A little bit farther along, but you mentioned it's big business, and it's a dose of honesty out there, coming your way, there's a lot of parents out there that think their kids gonna be a PGA Tour player. There's so many spots on the PGA Tour and there a lot of people in our industry that I think pray on these parents. They absolutely do. It's big money. and you guys know a big money when you have parents willing to do whatever it takes because they have this dream that they think they're going to get their kids into the PGA tour well what happens is and I've talked to a lot of college coaches about it these kids come out of a lot of these places where they spent a lot of money and these kids they're great at hitting golf balls they look good on video they can't play the game and they're very susceptible To burn out. I'm telling you, ladies and gentlemen, you talk to people that have played the PGA tour and you ask them, hey. What do I do with my kid and almost universally they'll say, let them have a bunch of things that they like to do. And if they're good enough, they'll eventually get to the PGA tour . If you start making them focus at a young age on getting to the PGA tour . They're not gonna get there, and if they do, they're gonna have some major issues and they're not gonna stay there very long. Don't you guys agree with that? One hundred percent. But I think we're seeing the Patrick Rogers and Justin Thomas and George- they're that good earlier now. For me, I want my son to go to college for four years. Experience. You have to experience that. The PGA Tour is going to be there. Go be a kid, there's plenty of time to be an adult. And the parents need to stop pushing them to that route. Let them be kids. Let them go out on Saturday night. Let them go do whatever they want to do. Go places. Stop pushing them to golf. It's going to happen. Happen. If they're good enough, they're gonna get there. If you wanna get to the PGA tour and you're a kid out there, you better wake up every morning wanting to get to the golf course before the sun even comes up. You gotta love it. If your parents are sending you to the golf course , you are gonna have major issues in this game and in other areas of your life. Charlie, let me ask you one
Junior tips: Have fun with putting drills
Paige Mackenzie gives a few fun putting tips for kids leading up to the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship. Watch Morning Drive 7AM ET.obviously Hard to do. Giving you a smaller target than just the golf hole . And if you hit them squarely, then they'll both go in. That one a little off center, but it's a good way to practice and it keeps you motivated. It makes it fun. Yes, absolutely. Fun is the name of the game. Which is so important. Yes. You want to get the next generation playing golf and you want them having fun. You also want to tame those nerves. And I can not imagine what these kids are dealing with. They're not only teeing up for competitive golf they are teeing up at Augusta National . How can you help them with their nerves? Well, and this is a big thing, nerves come into play on those longer
Lesson Tee Live: The First Tee helps juniors find optimal challenge
Ryan Graff, Senior Director of Curriculum & Research at The First Tee, shares three tips that will help juniors have fun during their practice routine and help them find their optimal challenge. Watch Lesson Tee Live Wednesdays at 8PM ET.as in life. Hi. My name is Ryan Graff, and I'm the Senior Director of Curriculum and Research at The First Tee. Today I would like to share with you a way to have more fun
Lesson Tee Live: The First Tee's be a star routine
Secah Shahib, Program Director for The First Tee of Tampa Bay, shares a pre-shot routine that The First Tee uses to teach it's students good swing thoughts. Watch Lesson Tee Live Wednesdays at 8PM ET.Greetings my name is Secah Shahib and I serve as a program director and coach for the first tee of Tampa Bay, in Tampa Bay Florida. This week, several tour players will be taking advantage of a great tool called sports psychology to prepare them for their rounds this week. And using sports ki, psychology, tour players use it to help them manage their emotions on the golf course , to be able to help them when it comes to having difficult situations or challenging situations that they face, as well as it gives them the opportunity to handle winning or losing. With the First Tee, we use a great tool for giving young people life experiences for, with self-management. In self-management with the First Tee, we use it as a seamless . Delivery to be able to allow young people to fully be impacted by what we deliver in life skills . Today, in this pre-shot routine, we wanna go through these methods of what we call STAR. First we wanna stop, talk aSo the next time that you're faced with a shot on the golf course or a challenge in life, remember STAR. Stop. Think. Anticipate and respond giving it your best shot. And watch your outcome be
Best drive, chip, putt tips for juniors in 2015
Travis Fulton and Paige Mackenzie give their favorite tips and games for juniors to practice in their driving, chipping and putting. Watch Morning Drive 7AM ET.One of my favorite games is I used to, I used to play soccer . And we had the soccer cones, that we'd have to run drills around. Well, I'd take them out to the golf course , and I'd lay them out 20 yards away, 30 yards away, 40 yards away. Or if you have basket that your golf
Junior Academy: Proper backswings
School of Golf's Martin Hall teaches a junior from The First Tee of Central Florida how to get the lead arm to swing properly in the backswing. Watch School of Golf Wednesdays 7PM ET.I make a box with my right arm, so half a box upper arm front, and I'm pushing with my right hand, then that rope will be straight, and my left arm will be straight. And when I swing through, if I keep my right shoulder far enough away from my left shoulder, then my left arm will face straight. This is so worth doing even on a day on a day where you can't get to the golf course . Just get grandpa to help you with this or mom or whatever. Make a little rope, tie a little knot. Now, put your right hand on that, right hand and just hold it straight. Left hand , you can go behind your back. Now, you can see that there's an amount of stretch that--You're actually using which hand to stretch that rope? Well, it would be right hand, wouldn't it? And now, I want you to make a back swing for me. Swing on back up here. Let your right arm fold at the elbow, turn your shoulders a bit more, push your hand over here. Stay there, stay there, stay there, stay there.