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What Is a Typical Week Like in the Life of a College Golfer?

Learning to manage your time leads to success in college

The most significant challenge a student-athlete faces in college is how to manage time effectively. Considering the amount of time that a round of golf requires and the fact that college golf lasts the entire academic year (September-May), college golfers must manage their time effectively if they expect to succeed in the classroom and on the golf course.

In season, the NCAA allows coaches to mandate a 20-hour weekly practice schedule. This schedule includes golf practice, workouts, meetings, qualifying rounds, and tournament competition. Most golf programs are in season during September and October in the fall and February, March, April, and May in the spring.

Typically coaches will schedule their off season during November, December, and January. During these months, coaches are permitted to (a) require their players to participate in up to 8 hours of weekly strength training and (b) offer up to 2 hours of voluntary individual skill sessions. These individual skill sessions during the off season allow a coach to evaluate a player’s swing and short game and make recommendations for improvement. The workouts and skill sessions cannot exceed a total of 8 hours per week.

Most junior golfers have trouble understanding just how busy they will be as a collegiate student-athlete. Freshmen typically struggle with having to balance school, practice, travel, and their social lives all in a 7-day week.

Here is a typical week for a college golfer while in season:

  • Workout 3 days per week (typically at 6 a.m.)
  • Attend a minimum of four classes, 2 to 3 times per week (12 hours total)
  • Participate in evening study hall sessions (mandatory for freshmen)
  • Meet with tutors or student groups to prepare for class assignments
  • Practice daily with the golf team (full swing, short game, and qualifying)
  • Meet with coaching staff to evaluate golf game and set goals
  • Travel to a tournament for 4 days (practice round and 54-hole competition)
  • Cook meals, do laundry, visit with friends, and rest

In season, college golfers have very little free time to spend with friends and to participate in campus activities. The more organized they are in handling their academic responsibilities, the more free time they will ultimately have to socialize and relax. Players on a golf team who are fortunate enough to qualify for the traveling team and participate in tournaments on a regular basis will have the toughest time staying current in the classroom. It is very important for these players to meet regularly with their teachers and tutors and attempt to get ahead with their class work before traveling to tournaments.

If a junior golfer can learn to manage time effectively before entering college, their chances of success increase dramatically. Coaches are very interested in recruiting student-athletes who understand this concept and can handle the transition from high school to college without any problem.

Your time is your most valuable resource. Learn to manage it effectively!

Coach Brooks
Red Numbers Golf®

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