Golf and Performance Junior Golf Academy
JUNIOR COMPETITIVE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
The Road to Competitive Junior Golfing Success
This program in three stages will require a commitment from your Junior golfer, and is best suited for a Junior who wants to compete, long term. We aim to assist each player in developing their own unique success blueprint with a range of training activities specially designed for each stage of their golfing and athletic progression! Too many Elite or aspiring to be Elite Juniors are not practicing the optimal way, with Zero contextual interference- and as a result not getting the results they desire.
We align with:
1. Golf Canada's Long-Term Player Development (LTPD 2.0) guide for golf, which focuses on developing the “whole” golfer and not focused exclusively on technical golf skills.
2. The Future Links Driven by Acura program.
3. Titleist Performance Institute Junior 2 Program. The TPI philosophy focuses on developing the Junior Athlete, teaching golf specific skills and creating a long term love of the game.
ALL Juniors joining our program must first undergo a TPI screening and a Junior Combine assessment for us to specifically tailor the right program for them.
BEGINNER - BC
For the Junior who would like to start exploring the world of competitive golf and is likely balanced with their other sport interests. Their involvement in this program will be in a non-pressured environment while developing the skills necessary to succeed, both in golf and generally.
INTERMEDIARY - IC
Here your Junior Golfer is transitioning into greater structure and is being exposed to some of the more complex fundamentals of the competitive skill set to undertake tournament golf.
ADVANCED -AC / EDP (Elite Development Program)
When your Junior Golfer has determined that they see a future in 'serious' golf, moving forward to regional/national/college level and beyond, this is where they belong. Increasing the level of intensity, our goal being to extract the full potential of your Junior Golfer with Process Focus and a comprehensive training regime. This year long program will utilize tools to baseline your Junior Golfer vs age correlated accepted standards/statistics and incorporate aspects of sports psychology to train the winning mindset.
NOTE: THE AC-EDP Level is by qualification/invitation only
All three phases of development are employed over the winter/summer season, specific to the individual Junior Golfer.
An example: Phase 1 Strength and conditioning/ Block practice
Phase 2 Speed development/ Interleaved practice
Phase 3 Playing skill set- 30/50/70/90 yard
FOR PARENTS: One of our primary jobs as coaches is to educate parents on the ongoing process of the Junior golfer/ athlete and ensure that we, as coaches, understand the intricacies of that process.
You must have a specific plan of development to achieve long term success! For example: In winter strength and conditioning phase, elite Juniors must have a consistent, structured and systematic application of stress to improve performance and a proper seasonal plan must be implemented to make that happen. A random, unstructured or reckless application of stress may lead to undesirable changes or changes irrelevant to the performance of a goal task and may even lead to issues such as fatigue as a result of over training that can substantially limit performance in the said goal task!
Strength training first?
Strength Training is the process of getting stronger using a specific set of exercises that cause the body to adapt to gradually increasing loads.
Fitness can be broken down into 10 components, namely strength, speed, power, mobility, stamina, endurance, balance, agility, coordination and accuracy. What makes strength so unique and essential as only one of these components, is that all the other components of fitness are dependent on it, and it therefore has no equal in its ability to radically improve fitness.
Remember also, mindless drills accomplish nothing, if a golfer is not thinking in practice they are not learning!
Why is Sports Psychology acknowledged to be such an integral aspect of high performance?
High performance can be viewed as the Junior Golfer's Potential minus the interference that comes from the adverse mental habits that have been created. Removing these habits will help players make more fluid and desired swing motions and achieve more desirable and consistent scoring outcomes.
General Age Guidelines:
Beginner Competitor- under 12
Intermediate Competitor -12 to 15
Advanced Competitor -15 to 18
ALL 3 STAGES INCLUDE:
Titleist Performance Institute J2 Screens
Weekly/Monthly Playing Lessons
Peak Performance Mental Skills
Competitive Schedule Advising
Nutrition for Competition
Decade Statistical Analysis
2018 Junior Club Champion - Bushwood Golf Club
2019 Junior Club Champion - Bushwood Golf Club
October 2018 No 1 in Ontario
July 2019 No 1 in Ontario,/No 3 in Canada
August 2019, 2nd Place National Finals at Magna Golf Club
Golf Canada Future Links Skills
DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM (DLP)
Living in a digital world which our Juniors understand very well, we also offer online lessons for our Juniors that are at a significant distance, in other countries too! This is done through Skype/Facetime/ Ovoo, or other platforms. Once you have either a simulator, basement practice area, range or dome that facilitates, you can become part of the program. This includes full swing, short game (chipping/pitching) and putting. We are even on the cutting edge with 30 minute online playing lessons!
Did You Know?
Chronological age can differ by several years to a Junior's level of biological development. Seven key physiologically-related proficiencies identified in LTPD include:
• Agility, balance and coordination
• Core strength and stability
• Strength and power
• Cardiovascular endurance
• Performance skills (i.e. nutrition, recovery and regeneration strategies, lifestyle control and dealing with environmental factors)