On a midnight train to…

Well, perhaps not Georgia and maybe not even a midnight train… It was a late night train from Leatherhead the other night though after I did a presentation to a large group of parents that have just had their children accepted into the County Golf Academy programme or the Surrey Futures programme. It is actually quite amazing to see the enthusiasm that is spreading across the country, thanks to these academies.

In my presentation I talked a bit about the needs for young golfers and what to think about as a parent. I took the opportunity to quote Anders Ericsson on the 10,000 hour ‘rule’ to become an expert. Usually when I give these presentations I talk about PLAY and the importance of making it fun so that kids want to come back, even when they do not have to. Getting to 10,000 hours is not all that easy so ideally we want these kids to want to go to the golf course more or less everyday. As I talk about that I show a picture that I found on the internet and say that is it not quite incredible that footballers can come from THIS and make it to the Premier League?  The thing is obviously that PLAY on this pitch happens all the time.

After my presentation one of the people in the audience took me to one side and said – “That picture with the football. We don’t do that in golf!” And of course he is right. Playing golf is not easy as a youngster as golf courses tend to be rather occupied, rather difficult and rather not available for the children. I just wish we could get pack to the pitching and putting that took place outside of the normal course, on the little par 3 and make that the early stages of golf!

Great things are happening for England players out in Australia! Andy Sullivan has really hit the ground running in the early season events and just added a victory in the New South Wales Stroke Play Championship to his already impressive stretch of results in Australia. For full results click here.

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