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What Should Recruits Say When Coaches Call Them?

Making a favorable impression matters

Beginning September 1st, coaches are permitted to call juniors in an effort to evaluate and recruit players to their school. As a former college coach and someone who has spent countless hours on the phone talking to junior golfers, I can tell you these can be meaningful conversations in helping coaches decide who they want on their team.

Recently, I spoke to a coach from a top-10 Division I program in the country who had just called a recruit. “That’s my kind of recruit, the coach said. He was very talkative, seemed confident in what he was doing, and demonstrated a sense of maturity and independence.” Unfortunately, I have heard coaches talk negatively about conversations with recruits as well. This generally results from recruits coming across as too quiet, unsure of what they want in college, or disinterested in what the coach has to say. Once September 1st arrives, make sure you are prepared to speak with a coach if the phone rings. If you are an underclassman, give this article some thought so you will be ready when your time comes around in a future year.

Here are my 5 keys to making a favorable impression on a coach during a phone conversation.

    1. TALK — One-word answers to questions are unacceptable. Elaborate on your answers and let coaches know what’s on your mind.

    2. SOUND INTERESTED — Regardless of who is calling, give each coach your undivided attention and listen carefully to their comments. Asking follow-up questions is a good way to show you are genuinely interested.

    3. DO YOUR HOMEWORK — If you know a particular coach is going to call you, research their program on the internet in advance and take some notes. If you can surprise the coach with accurate information about their team,they will be impressed. Roster member names, scoring averages, tournament results, and facility details are good examples.

    4. ANTICIPATE QUESTIONS — Think about what a coach might ask you and be prepared to give a quality response. Most coaches want to know about your upcoming tournament schedule, recent tournament results, who your instructor is, what type of strength and conditioning program you participate in and what you are looking for in a college. Be honest in your responses and never make excuses. Ask coaches for their advice/suggestions on the matters too.

    5. PROMOTE YOURSELF — Without coming across cocky or too confident, let coaches know that you see yourself as someone who will be successful in college as both a student and as an athlete. Remember, there are no guarantees that any junior golfer will “make it” in college and most coaches have had a few bad apples in the past. Throughout the call, remain positive in your demeanor and give the coach a reason to feel good about your chances of succeeding in college.

Review these 5 keys regularly throughout the summer. You never know but the next time the phone rings it could be your future college coach calling. Good Luck!

Coach Brooks
Red Numbers Golf®


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