IJGA adopts a long-term approach to golf development, based on each student’s individual goals and aspirations, and their current starting point. We identify the gap in each area, and narrow the gap in the shortest amount of time possible. An accurate and focused plan, coupled with motivation and work ethic, creates results quickly.
The training program includes physical training—functional strength and conditioning, mental performance training, technical skills training, on-course strategy, and tournament competition. We are constantly working to improve student performance through the ongoing cycle of:
IJGA places a strong emphasis on building mental skills. From creating clear and compelling process goals, learning to focus on the things they can control, and developing on-course skills to promote grit and perseverance, the mental performance program will help each athlete manage their own tendencies and become mentally stronger.
Using Swing Catalyst and Trackman technology, we analyze the swing and develop a technical plan for each player. The technical plan includes basic fundamentals, swing, short game, and putting. Following an individualized plan based on their needs, students focus on improving these fundamental skills. Sound mechanics are a critical element of long-term development.
Strategy is a key part of the learning process for a junior golfer, involving all areas of on-course performance. Developing a good game plan, managing the yardage book, reading greens, setting tournament goals, and managing statistics are all part of on-course strategy. Learning how to make smart strategic decisions while playing is a critical skill that can significantly impact student scores and performance.
Without an accurate gauge of where a student-athlete is in all areas of athletic development—functional strength and conditioning, technical skill, mental strength, course strategy, and personal growth—it is impossible to provide the right plan for their development. Utilizing the best technological diagnostic tools, combined with many years of coaching experience, IJGA students are assessed in all areas throughout the year.
Using the assessment data, a blueprint (an individualized improvement plan) is created for each student with clear and measurable process goals in all areas of training. Outcomes and goals are easy to set, but the blueprint provides the roadmap for how to achieve those goals. Blueprints are regularly monitored and adjusted based on progress and development.
EVALUATION & REFLECTION
A period of evaluation and post-tournament reflection is another element of the process that promotes learning and growth. Taking time to review performance and adjust or refocus the plan is necessary for any athlete. Active rest allows you to reset physically and mentally to prepare for the next cycle.
Tournaments provide a competitive environment to test students’ skills. However, it is important to build the right schedule based on age, ability, goals, and objectives. Having a mix of tournaments that provide different levels of difficulty is an excellent way to gain experience, be challenged, and build confidence. Students set goals before tournaments and complete a robust post-performance process using stats and self-reflection to evaluate and readjust their plans for the next tournament.
A junior golfer’s functional strength and conditioning are vital to their success, on and off the course. Strength and conditioning work improves endurance, prevents injuries, and promotes peak performance. Our approach to fitness includes functionality, stability, strength, and flexibility, all of which help students improve their swing and overall golf game. To maximize results, we tailor each student’s fitness program to their own individual physical and functional needs.