As 2015 draws to a close, it is time to start looking ahead to 2016 and what the year will have in store. When it comes time to make your New Year’s resolution, think about the different ways that you can improve your golf game in 2016 and the areas that gave you trouble this year. That way you will be able to maximize the success of your golf training and see your scores begin to drop as you continue to develop as a junior golfer. Here are some great tips for 2016 so you can become a stronger player and iron out your mechanics to take your game to the next level.
Training Tips for Your Short Game
One of the toughest aspects of golf for juniors to master is the short game. From longer approach shots, to navigating bunkers, to chip shots and putting, your round can be made or broken when it comes to shots around the green. Especially when it comes to chipping, it is a good idea to train with clubs that are used for varying distances so you can use a full swing instead of shortening your routine. Gap wedges, sand wedges, and lob wedges are all designed to be used within the final 120 yards, and can help you achieve the right swing and follow-through to keep from over-hitting your mark.
In addition, your approach has a tremendous effect on how you will be able to putt. Trying to land your approach right next to the pin is extremely risky because the ball will inevitably roll on the green once it lands. It is important to practice your approach shots, and envision a circle in the area around the pin and a smaller circle right around the hole. Doing so will enable you to find a target landing area and roll the ball closer to the cup so putting becomes easier.
Attend a Junior Golf Camp
Now that you have all of 2016 ahead of you, begin researching various junior golf camps and academies. These will help you focus on all of the aspects of your game and give you invaluable experience at some of the best courses in the country. Highly experienced coaches are there to help with everything, from your swing mechanics to attacking the course from the mental side, so that you are able to better read each shot and get the result you want each time.
After you have attended a camp or spent time in an academy setting, it is a good idea to test out the skills you have worked on by entering local events and tournaments. Playing against other juniors allows you to measure your progress and find room for improvement. With the ultimate goal of playing golf at the next levels, i.e., in high school, college, and beyond, camps and tournaments help you see what it will take to reach your goals.
To learn more about golf camps for juniors and how to maximize the benefits of your golf training, contact the International Junior Golf Academy today at (888) 452-6642.
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.