Every year starts with the promise of change and improvement and that’s certainly true for us as we look forward to the beginning of 2017. Even though we were pleased with the progress our students made in 2016, we are looking forward to implementing several new initiatives that will help them progress at an even faster rate in the next 12 months.
To begin with, we have ordered the new TrackMan 4 launch monitor and the all new K-Trainer from K-Vest. With dual radars in the TrackMan 4, we’ll be able to accurately track and measure shots from 6 feet to 400 yards. The new K-Trainer hardware and software will allow our students to receive more accurate feedback when learning new movement patterns or working on drills.
There’s no doubt that golf instruction has changed significantly over the last few years. You might even say that new technology, motor learning research, and big data have caused a revolution of sorts among the best coaches in the industry. To keep you posted on the changes and how they affect your child, we will be hosting a monthly Junior Golf Parent's Forum where will be discussing important topics and answering your questions about junior golf. To sign up for our first forum on January 9th, please click on the following link: Junior Golf Parent's Form.
Finally, you can expect to see improvements in our coaching curriculum that will include more clearly defined development phases and additional structure for students.
On a more personal note, Coach Kaylin and I were recognized this year by our peers. Kaylin was selected as one of Golf Digest's 100 Best Young Teachers in America and I was selected as one of Future Champion Golf's Top 50 Elite Junior Coaches in America. We're both honored to have been selected and feel fortunate to have the opportunity to do what we love on a daily basis.
Thanks for your ongoing support and I look forward to seeing you soon.
Junior golfers are no different than other golfers – they want to hit the ball as far as possible not only because it’s fun but because it provides a big advantage on the course. To accomplish this, junior golfers need to be able to swing the club fast and transfer energy to the ball.
For developing juniors, club speed takes on an even bigger role. It’s one of the most important factors in determining a young golfer’s ultimate potential. Both in college and on tour, the game is dominated by players who use distance as an advantage. College coaches sometimes look past accomplished high school golfers who lack the speed to compete at the next level.
Here’s a brief list of the most important factors that contribute to higher club speed and ball speed:
Below is a chart that details average driver speed for competitive boys and girls. If you’re wondering where your child stacks up, I would recommend getting him or her tested on a reliable launch monitor like the TrackMan. Be careful about using launch monitors at retail stores; they’re often set to magnify speed and distance to sell clubs.
Here’s a list of the steps young golfers should take to start down the road to increase club and ball speed:
Jeff Isler shares his observations, insights, and experiences on the game of golf and those that play it at a high level.