One of the first tasks we complete with the students at IJGA is setting a plan. The purpose of setting the plan is to help give our students direction to where they are going. A plan helps guide the path and prioritize tasks to complete in order to reach their goals. The plan serves as a series of objectives to complete along their path.
At IJGA we complete the planning stage using the following methods:
It starts with gathering data on behalf of the students. We observe them during two eighteen hole games. After this round, we spend three days collecting data on their game.
Then we move onto a commitment contract and generating their training plan.
In the commitment contract, we list their critical path, this is linked to their goal for the college/university they wish to attend. We then incorporate stroke average, carry distance, SAT, ACT, GPA, TOEFL scores (if needed).
We then add the data we previously collected; stats, mental, physical and tournaments.
This gives us a well-rounded view of the student athlete and enough information to assist them in reaching their goals. This information then connects to what level of player they are. Results of the planning process are developed into a plan ranging from 5 bullet points, to a complete periodized training plan.
During the commitment contract phase we also list our expectations of the students and what they can expect from us.
Here are some of our expectations for student athletes:
Here are what our student athletes can expect from IJGA:
The risk of not having a plan doesn’t allow the student to complete the daily tasks needed and can end with a student not hitting their goals due to mismanagement of time or task completion.
Keep in mind, if the plan is too challenging the student will lose interest and/or get frustrated, if the student is under challenged then they will lose motivation. Getting the challenge point correct is key.
It is beneficial to continually monitor the plan based on achievements, and it is important to be flexible with change.
Some important stats to look at as a junior golfer are:
At IJGA, we have putting games, and short game tasks that have been done with top level professionals and elite juniors. This way we know what level they should be at. This “gamification” allows the player to strive to get to the next score, just like a video game.
As you can see creating a plan is a process as well, but a well determined plan can make the biggest difference in success!
Plan and be prepared to play your best!
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The International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) is the premier destination for middle and high school golfers as well as graduates seeking a competitive advantage amongst their peers. IJGA’s unique programs deliver customized golf training, tour competition, performance training, character building and an elite college preparatory education – in a close, family environment in Hilton Head, South Carolina.