It is important to develop your own independence within golf and to learn to take responsibility for your own performance, on and off the course. Below is a checklist that can help you see what you should be responsible suitable for your age!
8-11 year olds
- Get you gear ready the night before
- Pack your bag, water bottle, rain gear, etc.
- Learn basic rules
12-14 year olds
- Look after your own equipment
- Warm-up properly
- Develop a drinking routine on course
- Develop a nutritional routine including healthy snacks
15-18 year olds
- Review your own performance using statistic sheets, etc
- Arrange your own coaching lessons outside of group sessions
- Send in tournament entries yourself
- Develop quality practice routine(s)
- Review courses before tournaments and arrange practice rounds
- Find your own effective pre-tournament routine
- Evaluate your own performance and make necessary adjustments consulting with support, such as coach, physio, etc.
It is important to prepare yourself so that you are able to perform independently as you will not always have your parents with you. In building up independence you will also build up self-confidence.
Simple Advice and Golf Etiquette for Junior Golfers
Don’t turn up late for your tee time.
Make sure that no one is standing too close when you swing your club.
When practicing your swing never swing in the direction of another player.
Do not hit the ball until you are sure that players in front are out of range.
If you play a ball that appears to be going in the direction of another player shout out “fore”.
Do not disturb another player’s concentration by talking or making unnecessary noise when
they are taking a shot.
No mobile phones on the course.
Never throw clubs in anger.
Play at a good pace and keep the round moving.
Repair all divots made after you have taken a shot and any damage on the green caused by
the impact of the ball.
Before leaving the bunker always rake the sand after hitting to clear your footprints.
Don’t stand in a place that causes your shadow to be cast across a player’s putting line and
never walk through a player’s putting line.
Leave the green as soon as the hole has been completed.
Take care when handling the flagstick and make sure it is properly replaced.
Do not mark your scores on the green, wait until you are at the next tee.
Make sure your card is correct i.e., signed, dated, handicap, name of competition, your
signature and your marker’s signature.