Children in this age group will fall into different groups with varying coaching needs depending on their golfing experience and intentions. Please contact our coaching team to discuss the individual requirements of your child, and for recommendation on a pathway forward for them
The new starter without family members who are golfers
This can be a challenging age at which to learn to play golf, particularly if your child does not have a golfing parent or friend to help their start. Children this age will often feel they are too old to join in the traditional children's beginner groups, but other children their own age already established at golf clubs will often seem to be too advanced in the game.
We have a strategy for children in this age range who do not have the golfing support of significant others to learn and become established in the game. We start with a basic introduction to the game through a series of very closely scheduled individual coaching sessions. However, most of this time spent with the coach will be on one of our shorter courses actually playing golf, learning as much about strategy and scoring as about golf swing technique. As part of this mentoring process, our coaches will then endeavour to introduce your child to other young golfers at a similar stage with encouragement to organise their own golf meets. The final stage is to help your child through the process of joining the club and becoming fully socialised into the junior section.
This whole transition may take six months or more, but the end result is not only a child who understands how to drive a golf ball and hit a chip shot, but far more importantly feels involved and supported as they learn and become comfortable with what at first can seem a difficult game and daunting environment. Through this staged and guided approach your child is far more likely to stay engaged in golf, and enjoy a lifetime of activity and friendship from this wonderful game.
The new starter with family and friends who are golfers
This child will have more support through the process of becoming socialised into golf and a club environment. For this reason the support from our coaching team will be more traditional in its coaching focus, with a mix of individual and group focused coaching sessions recommended.
The established young golfer for whom golf is hobby and pastime
This young golfer can be supported by almost any of the various coaching programmes we deliver for club golfers, whether individual coaching, performance training or golf schools. However, we believe at this age the best environment for an established young golfer to learn and be coached is actually out on the golf course. For this reason we have a team of Academy coaches who are all prepared to play golf with and coach your child out on the golf course at a reduced cost.
The young golfer who is starting to specialise in the game
This young golfer will be making good progress in the game and becoming more serious about achieving a level of competitive success.
Termed the specialising phase by Cote et al (2007), this child, typically aged 13 to 15 years old, will now be engaging seriously in a smaller number of sports, probably just one or two. Whilst fun and enjoyment are still vital, an awareness of the need to develop more sport specific skill emerges during this period. The balance of the nature of sporting activities moves away from purely playing as the child engages in greater proportions of specialised practise directed towards improving performance.
The nature of this level of performance requires careful consideration of more than just the important technical elements of the game. The coaching received will need to be a co-ordinated programme of physical conditioning and psychological support complimenting the development of traditional golfing skills. Because of the complex nature of each individual child in terms of location, current skill set and parental resource, the exact nature of this type of development programme is best agreed after an initial assessment and discussion with parents.
The programme recommended will often include a mix of coaching support involving both David and one or more of his Academy coaches, and if resource allows, co-ordinated with a strength and conditioning expert.