Once juniors have learned and practised the fundamentals of the golf swing for several years, it’s important that we start to emphasise fitness too. In athlete development models, this stage of a junior golfer’s journey occurs between 12 and 16 years old, and is called “play to improve”.
Playing additional sports Rather than prescribing fitness exercises to improve physical conditioning, one of the best things young golfers can do is play a sport that also complements golf. Tennis is a great example. It strengthens aerobic fitness, agility and speed, as well as hand-eye coordination.
Happy, healthy children
When a junior starts to master golf skills, we see them experience joy and excitement. They become more self-confident. They are happy and eager to learn. That’s what golf can do for your child. If you have a child who could benefit from the game, when we next see you, let’s talk about it, or