Junior Future Legends
The Path to becoming a Junior Legend
1.Advanced to the Yellow Hat level for advanced Coaching
(Player shoots 39 or lower from 100 yard makers)
2 Hours weekly & On-Course Coaching
2.Elite (Red & Blue Hat)
4.25 Hours weekly (Coaching 2.15 hrs. p/w + Skill-Development which is focused on swing and short game 2hrs p/w
3.College Path (Shoot 34 or lower white tees)
2.15 Hours coaching weeky
Adds mentoring 2 x per month (to support your junior golfer in creating a path to play college golf through college selection, tournament schedule, stat tracking, and more)
18 Hour Intensives 3 hours weekly over 6 weeks
These are in addition to other programs and are intensive courses designed to fast-track a player in a certain area they most need to improve.
My Teaching Philosophy:
We believe that to play to your potential you must look at the entire game of golf. Golf instruction is often focused just on the golf swing but the game is measured on score, not the look of your swing. We have 4 key areas we focus on to build a golf game that can be self-sufficient for our players and show long-term improvement.
1.The Golfing Mindset - a golfer must be taught how to manage their thinking so they can manage their emotions. In golf, you will be tested mentally and physically; if emotions and negative thinking are in the picture, then the golfer will struggle to trust their talent and enjoy the so-called pressure of tournament play.
2.The Real Game of Golf – Golf is a game of misses & mistakes. Nobody has perfected the game and no one ever will. The key is not to try to perfect the game but to play it! To do this you must know that the lowest score wins. So, the question is: how do you shoot lower scores? We teach our players through games-based training how to shoot lower scores and how to track their play so they can match it up to stats from the best players in the world.
3.Purposeful Practice – We believe practice does not make perfect; rather, practice makes permanent! To become a future legend golfer you must practice the way champion golfers practice. We teach our players fun ways to challenge themselves that simulate tournament conditions.
4.Skill Development – We focus on teaching our players only the skills they need to accomplish their current goals. There are so many parts to the game of golf that often players become overwhelmed with information and are no longer playing golf but thinking technique. By adding the skill sets the player needs in a progression based on their ability, the learning process is made fun, fast, and lasting. This comes from the gymnastics arena in which a student must first learn to do a somersault on a path to one day leading to a back flip on a balance beam.
Dan’s coaches all use this same system to learn along with the many pros and top college golfers Dan teaches. The system focuses a player on mastery rather than perfection.
What is a college golf coach looking for?
Our focus is to build not just golf swings but champions in Golf and Life. College golf coaches are looking for well-rounded individuals with great grades, who volunteer their time, and who have hobbies other than just golf.
The golfer they are looking for is confident in his ability and willing to learn, knows how to be part of a team, controls his swing and emotions, can create his own improvement plans, is dedicated to his practice, and brings a positive attitude to the team.
In college, the coach is not there to fix your swing or tell you how to play. He or she expects you to already have that in place. The coach is there to mentor you in how to play in 4-day traveling events and manage life and school so your able to accomplish the goal of graduating.
This is why it is so vital to start with loving the game and to focus on all areas of the game so that you can accomplish your goals and dreams.
Why Coaching VS Private Lessons?
The philosophy is based on the student becoming more independent after each session as they learn the 4 key areas of the game. They are leaning the mindset and mental focus for golf, how to score and manage the course, how to analyze their play and create a purposeful practice routine that promotes long term development, and skill-development which focuses on the skill sets needed to accomplish their goals in golf.
In coaching, your junior is an individual in a Team environment. Each of our juniors is taught the skills and techniques based on his or her strength & mobility, their learning style, and their desired outcome. The team environment is so productive for several key reasons;
1. It creates the right environment to learn the life skills and core values we teach
2. It allows your juniors to build friendships in an individual sport
3. It allows coaches to create competition and challenges that motivate the players
4. It enables your child to take leadership or mentoring roles to develop interpersonal skills
5. Its increases the hours your child can spend with their coach while not increasing the expense
6. Its reduces the chances of over-teaching & technical overload as the child to applies what they are learning by experimentation, allowing them to learn and ask questions rather than just being told what do to do.
What is On-Course Coaching?
The game is played on the course so once our juniors have developed solid skill-sets, we need to get more time on the course to simulate golfing conditions (side hill lies, bunkers, hitting over water, etc). Learning in the real environment enables them to gain confidence that they then can take to their play and tournaments. On the course we set up games, matches, and benchmarks to help them understand the keys to scoring and course management. Our players fill out the Dan Swomley Golf scoring system scorecards which then creates a practice plan for them based on their play, thus becoming more self-sufficient when they go off to play college golf.
What is Mentoring & Who Is It For?
Mentoring is for Future Junior Legends Elite & above level players. Mentoring focuses on supporting the player and teaches them how to set goals for their game and create practice plans/tournament schedules that increase the likelihood of success. The mentoring program is every other week for 2 hours and is a minimum 6-month commitment. Every 90 days’ parents are required to come in and meet for a 1-hour consultation with the junior golfer and coach to discuss progress, plan for future, and answer questions that you as a parent may have. The goal of mentoring is to give the student the tools, education, and guidance to go to college and be able to handle the workload, life changes, and demands of a student athlete.
What is Skill Development?
When working on full swing, we believe it is important to focus on the correct outcome. Too often, that is a good-looking swing when in reality a great swing is able to put the ball where you desire it to be under pressure and in all situations. If the look of the swing was what mattered, Jim Furyk, Fred Couples, Dustin Johnson, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus would never have won a tournament. Look at this video to see exactly what I mean.
The Session Layout:
Station 1: 30-minute warm up
Station 2: 30-minutes Solo Coaching – working on swing
Station 3: 30-minutes Video station – allowing junior to see their swing in slow-motion and make adjustments
Station 4: 30-minutes wedge and club gapping
Even as a non-golfer you can see the layout is more productive than just 30 minutes of swing fixes.
At Dan Swomley Golf we run workshops for you and your child to come to learn topics such as:
-How to support my junior golfer
-How to create the right tournament schedule for your junior golfer
-Your child's path to College golf
We will email dates and times out, workshops run quarterly and are video recorded and added to our video site so you can check them out.