Right Place, Right Time
Learning to succeed
One of the questions we get here
in our office is when a junior player should
play against older or better competition. As you
can imagine the answer is built around each
individual player. Here are some thoughts.
The first question parents and juniors should
ask themselves is whether they are beating
players their own age or at least finishing
consistently in the top three of their age
group. Even then, the next question should be
what are the scores that accomplished that. If a
player is shooting 85 and winning an event, then
moving up against better players may not make
The second question is to ask what yardages will
the junior play if they play against stronger
competition. When you know that, what are their
average scores from those yardages on their home
course or during their practice rounds? Post 6
to 10 rounds and see how they stack up.
Finally, it has been said playing against better
players makes you better. I think that is true
for the most part but every parent should look
at their child and the junior should look at
themselves and say will that be good for me or
will I be embarrassed and frustrated?
Hopefully when you answer these questions, you
will find a plan that makes sense. In any case,
play well and most of all, have fun.
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