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Should I Communicate a Poor Performance to a College Coach?

Letting a coach know how you’ve played, no matter the score, is important.

After forwarding your initial introductory email, resume, and swing video to college coaches, you’ll want to forward periodic updates of your tournament results to keep the coaches well informed on your results. From time to time when talking to clients, the question arises, “Should I email a coach after a poor performance?” Certainly, it’s understandable that you want to highlight your best achievements, both on and off the golf course, to garner a coach’s interest, and it’s important to communicate these achievements throughout the recruiting process; however, it’s never a good idea to try to hide from a poor performance along the way.

First, a coach is going to look at many factors when determining your potential as a recruit and will certainly look at your entire body of work when it comes to tournament results. College coaches also realize every player will have off days and/or tournaments. Communicating all your results to a coach demonstrates that you’re confident in your abilities and are taking responsibility for both good and bad rounds. It also allows you to communicate to a coach what you specifically learned from the competitive experience and that you are a student of your respective game. Every coach wants a player to learn from each competitive experience and have the emotional stability to integrate these “lessons learned” into his subsequent practice sessions and tournaments.

Emailing coaches after an “off” tournament also differentiates you from the vast majority of players who will only email a coach when they play well. With the Internet, coaches can access a player’s results anyway and will typically have the recruit’s full playing schedule on file. Make it a habit to provide an update on all your results. Simply let the coach know your scores, what you did well, what you learned, and that you’re looking forward to demonstrating your abilities at your next event (list the specific event). You can also list specific practice drills you plan to incorporate into your subsequent practice sessions—things you’ll work on with your swing instructor and where you need to prepare more in a certain area of your game. Never list any excuses for your score, but only the facts and what you learned.

Taking ownership of all your results will demonstrate a proactive attitude from you and shows coaches that you’re taking a comprehensive and mature approach in learning from your experiences. Communicating your tough performances also provides you a great opportunity to show the coach you can bounce back from a rough round or tournament. Showing your resiliency may be just what the coach is looking for in his next recruit. Handle the communication with coaches in a “cards face up” approach and remain proactive in updating coaches.

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Archive


Recruiting & Scholarships
    How Do the NCAA’s Recent Rules Changes Affect You?
    Is the College Recruiting Process Putting Too Much Pressure on You?
    When Should I Apply to Colleges?
    What is the Purpose of the NCAA Eligibility Center?
    What Is a Parent’s Role During a Campus Visit?
    Can Facebook or a Social Network Site Affect How I am Recruited?
    What Should I Do if I Didn’t Sign a National Letter of Intent in the Early Signing Period?
    What Questions Should I Be Prepared to Answer During a Campus Visit?
    What Are the Most Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Scholarships?
    How do I know if a School is Really Interested in Recruiting Me?
    How do Players Verbally Commit to Schools so Early in the Process?
    As a Rising Senior Is It Too Late To Be Recruited?
    What is a Parent's Role in the Recruiting Process?
    When Should Junior Golfers Sign the NLI?
    What is a Full Scholarship?

Coaches Finding & Evaluating Players
    Should I Communicate a Poor Performance to a College Coach?
    Are You Waiting for Tournament Success Before Contacting College Golf Coaches?
    Who Should Speak When Meeting with Coaches – Parents or the Student-Athlete?
    Do College Coaches Use Swing Videos To Evaluate Recruits?
    Do Coaches Really Care About Academics?
    Do You Have the Game to Play College Golf?
    How Do College Coaches Work Junior Tournaments?
    How Do College Golf Coaches Discover Talent?

Finding the Right School - Your "Best Fit"
    How Do I Remain Proactive in Identifying My “Best Fit”?
    Is a Walk-On Opportunity the “Best Fit” for Me?
    What Are the Real Keys to a Successful College Golf Recruiting Experience?
    What Useful Information Can I Research on a Golf Team's Website?
    When Should Junior Golfers Begin Visiting and Researching Colleges?
    What’s the Story on Division II and Division III Golf Programs?
    Are Unofficial Visits to College Campuses Necessary?
    Should Junior Golfers Attend Collegiate Tournaments?
    Just How Big is College Golf?
    What questions should I ask a college coach during a campus visit?
    Where Should I Attend College to Study and Play Golf?

Playing in College
    What’s the Story on Club Golf?
    What Is Your Ideal Time Commitment for Playing Golf in College?
    What Can You Expect From a College Golf Tournament?
    Are You Practicing to Play the Odds?
    Am I good enough to play Division I golf?
    What does it mean to "redshirt"?
    How Do I Prepare for my Freshman Year in College?
    How Important Is Time Management for Student-Athletes at the Collegiate Level?
    What Is a Typical Week Like in the Life of a College Golfer?
    Is College Golf an Individual Sport?
    What are the main differences between junior golf and college golf?
    What Commitment Level is Necessary for Junior Golfers to Become Successful Collegiate Student-Athletes?

Playing Junior Golf
    Is playing a practice round important?
    Is There More to Golf Than a Score?
    You Have Completed the College Placement Process—Now What?
    Is It a Good Idea To Withdraw After a Poor Round?
    How Can a Junior Golfer Improve His Practice Sessions?

Promoting Yourself – Being Visible
    When and How Should I Initiate a Phone Call to a College Coach?
    Is Your Written Communication to Coaches Sending the Right Message?
    What Information Should Prospects Send to College Golf Coaches?
    Will Playing AJGA Events Increase My Chances of Earning a College Scholarship?
    What Should Recruits Say When Coaches Call Them?
    College Recruitment Timeline - Part 2
    College Recruitment Timeline - Part 1



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