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Important to Start your Kids Early in Sports
Thirty years ago, Golf was thought to be a sport you took up as a tween or teenager or as an Adult. A popular perception was that Golf was more an adult sport so, you should wait to learn the sport until you hit the age of 11-14. Most golf courses had age stipulations of being 10 or 12 before you could join as a member or go to a golf camp or clinic. It seemed like a good idea at the time but the problem with this is that we now know that it is important for kids to start playing sports, Golf included, before the age of 12. Research has shown that the majority of people who play a particular sport as adult learned how to play the sport as a child. Very few people in adulthood take up a new sport after the age of 17. When was the last time that you learned a new sport and constantly played it? Think about it. As adults, most of us play the sports we learned as children.
Before you are 12, you are developing as an athlete. You have the time to continuously practice and play and develop your fundamental athletic movement skills: running, jumping, throwing, catching, striking, kicking, etc. When you take up a particular sport, you have the time to devote to developing sport specific skills, thru practicing and playing. Generally, younger kids have no fear in trying new things. There is a willingness to try and learn new activities whether the kid succeeds at first or not. This is true for both boys and girls until the maturation stage. The social aspect is very important as well. Developing bonds and friendships is an important element to sport. The number one reason why kids play sports is because it’s fun. Second on that list is that their friends play.
We all know that Girls mature physically, emotionally and psychologically slightly ahead of boys. At times this can be more than a couple years. This has an affect on sports and sport participation as well around the ages of 10-16. Since boys mature slightly later, they still have a willingness to try new things and it doesn’t matter if they fail at first. Some boys relish in failing to get laughs off their buddies. The opposite is true of girls, girls are very self aware and become self-conscious around 9-16. A large percentage of girls at this age feel that they are not good at the sport if they fail at first. They get embarrassed. They get frustrated and ultimately stop participating in sport. If their friends quit, a lot of times they will quit too. There is a huge participation drop off across the board in all sports around the age of 12-14 for girls. All sport instructors/coaches, including Golf, are trying to change this statistic. It’s important that girls feel safe and encouraged in sport. It’s important to start your kids, especially your girls, early in sports. They will feel good, have positive self-esteem, enhance their physical and sport specific skills, make bonds and friendships and become an athlete/participant or golfer for life.
There are a number of junior programs that I teach all throughout the year for ages 3 & up. There are various clinics and camps. Private instruction is available too. To encourage and introduce Girls to Golf, I run a Saturday Morning Junior Girls Only Drop-in Clinic for Girls ages 6 and up. Girls can try Golf and come to as many or as few clinics as they like. The girls don’t need equipment to start or any knowledge of the game. They can bring their friends. This program will start on Saturday April 29th from 10:00-11:00am. It is $10 (including tax) per session. It runs until the end of August. If you have any questions about how to get your child into golf (ie:where to start, what to buy for equipment, etc) or would like to register for another program, feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
GPC SPRING SPECIAL, APRIL/MAY ONLY
Series of 3, 1 Hour Lessons:
PGA of Canada Professionals, Mark Wilson, Mike Martz, Jeff McDowall and LPGA Professional Theresa McDermott – $250.00 + HST
PGA of Canada Director of Instruction, Dave Smallwood – $300.00 + HST
Each Lesson Includes:
• 60 minute instruction
• Use of range prior to lesson
• Video analysis
• Video clips emailed directly to student
PGA Director of Instruction Dave Smallwood is thrilled to announce the new GPC Short Game Performance School. Dave will be joined by the GPC’s newest PGA Professional, Jeff McDowall for this exciting new 10-week program. The school will be limited to the first 16 students and will include extensive short game instruction in a weekly 90-minute group setting.
Smallwood a 34 year PGA Professional will show you all the keys to a structured short game that will see you shave strokes with proper chipping, pitching, putting and sand trap technique.
Students will be trained using modern methods, training aids, video evaluation and launch monitor feedback. Students will be exposed to a variety of short game drills to allow them proper practice habits that will pay off in a reduced scoring average.
MAY 18- JULY 20, 2017
GPC SHORT PERFORMANCE SCHOOL FEE $250.00 +HST
The Whistle Bear Junior Performance Team has been working hard on their swings as well as their fitness. With the help of Whistle Bears Depth Training Center the team are working out to improve their strength and conditioning, ready for the 2017 Golf Season.
INDIVIDUAL INSTRUCTION FEES
SINGLE 1-HOUR VIDEO LESSON $125.00 + hst CDN
SERIES OF 5-1-HOUR VIDEO LESSONS $575.00 + hst CDN
ON-COURSE PLAYING LESSON ENQUIRE FOR PRICING
The Golf Performance Center at Old Corkscrew GC in Fort Myers, Florida is the winter golf academy for PGA of Canada Professional Dave Smallwood. In his 6th winter, Smallwood will be offering Canadian golfers a limited number of 3 day golf schools thru the months of January, February, March and April. as well as various individual lesson programs for the 2017 winter season. The 3 day schools can accommodate groups of two or more and will provide extensive swing, short game and on course instruction at the award winning Old Corkscrew GC. This Jack Nicklaus signature course and practice facility along with the spectacular Southwest Florida weather will create the wow factor.3 Day Golf Schools
Golf Schools Include:
Junior Performance Camp March 11-18
Junior Performance Camp Fee: $1800.00 CDN+HST – FULLY BOOKED
Program fee include:
SATURDAY MARCH 11
SUNDAY MARCH 12
MONDAY MARCH 13
TUESDAY MARCH 14
WEDNESDAY MARCH 15
THURSDAY MARCH 16
FRIDAY MARCH 17
SATURDAY MARCH 18
If you are interested or have any questions about the winter programs please don’t hesitate to contact me
PGA of Canada Director of Instruction
The Golf Performance Center @ Whistle Bear