When and How Should I Initiate a Phone Call to a College Coach?
Article by Coach Gleason
As a junior golfer in the midst of the recruiting process, you probably find yourself writing a number of emails to college coaches in an effort to gain their attention. The recruiting process requires you to be proactive in your communication with coaches and that can come in various forms. A good way to differentiate yourself in the recruiting process is to initiate a phone call to a college coach. A call demonstrates to a coach that you are being proactive in the college process, as well as displaying a high level of maturity and independence. Phone calls should only be initiated once you have thoroughly researched the school/golf program, evaluated your golf and academic profile to ensure you are closely aligned to that particular school’s requirements, and emailed your introductory letter and resume to the coach.
Do you remember the great British band, The Who, and the title of one of their best-selling albums, Who Are You? Lead singer, Roger Daltry, has something to teach you about playing your best golf.
Finding your competitive personality is fundamental to being able to tee off and play a round that showcases your abilities. Simply put, a competitive personality is how you like to “be” when you are trying your best to play your best. All players, from Junior Linkster to Masters Champion, have a competitive personality.
“Feel is Not Real:” Why You Need to Use Training Aids
Article By Ben Pellicani - Head Coach, Mike Bender Elite Golf Academy
There are many reasons to hit balls on a practice range. These include a pre-round warm up, shot making practice, working on your pre-shot routine and/or improving your swing mechanics. It has been our experience at the Mike Bender Elite Golf Academy that most golfers go to the range to “work on their swing.” This is true for PGA and LPGA Tour players as well as junior golfers, but, unfortunately, it is a slow process to make changes for most players as “feel is not real” as Greg Norman once said.
In considering fitness, young golfers want to remember key areas of the body must be protected to prevent overuse injuries. The primary focal points are shoulders, hip joints, knees, and ankles. If hamstring strains and ankle sprains are two of the most common injury sites, then the focus will be on balance between the muscles of the upper leg called the femur (quadriceps and hamstrings) as well as the lower leg called the tibia (shin and calf muscle)..
Willis fires final-round 67 to win at Cherry Blossom
Cameron Willis blistered the Cherry Blossom Golf Course with a bogey-free final round 67 en route to a 5-shot win in the Boys 15-19 division. Willis started the final round three shots behind leader Andrew Walker then went on a tear by recording birdies on four of his first eight holes of the final round. He notched his fifth birdie against no bogeys at the 14th hole for a final-round score that was seven shots better than the next-closest competitor.
The victory marked Willis’ first on the Golfweek Junior Tour and his third top-5 finish. His final total of 78-67—145 kept him five shots clear of Walker, who finished alone in second at 75-75—150. Jacob Poore shot 78-76—154 to claim sole possession of third place while Daniel Hamrin placed fourth at 80-76—156.
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