The aim of the Advanced Junior Clinics is to identify promising young players and expose them to Golf Queensland’s High Performance pathway. This provides numerous opportunities for juniors to improve their game through both personal and social development, plus access to better coaching and education programs. Players also have the opportunity to meet with State Coaches and Selectors. The Advanced Junior Clinics play an important role in Golf Queensland’s development division.
New and exciting golfing technology systems play a valuable role within the Advanced Junior Clinics. For example, Trackman, which is a golf radar that measures spin-rate, club-speed, smash factor, launch angle etc. Another system used is the Sam Lab Putting which is an analysis and training system based on accurate ultrasound measurements is also an extremely worthwhile function to teach juniors the correct practice and help to improve their form.
The Advanced Junior Clinics also gives State Team Coaches the opportunity to work and liaise with Local Coaches. This helps to build and maintain relationships within the coaching teams, which is important in order to provide the players with the best possible coaching and education.
In 2011, Advanced Junior Clinics were held in Cairns, Townsville and Brisbane. These were two-day regional events, and enabled juniors to experience sessions on nutrition, rules and coaching. The format of the Advanced Junior Clinics changed from previous years, and 2011 was the extremely successful pilot of the new format. Golf Queensland State coaches Tony Meyer and Richard Woodhouse attended these satellite clinic sessions with the help from local pro’s Luke Newman (Cairns) and David Lord (Rowes Bay).
This year, Golf Queensland’s new Head Coach, Tony Meyer, will be facilitating the four Advanced Junior Clinics to be held in Cairns, Townsville, South East Queensland and Rockhampton. There is a cost of $60 per participant to attend the two-day clinic, which includes coaching (Golf Queensland Coach and local Professional), technical analysis, acceleration sessions (golf specific exercises) and food and beverages.
“The Advanced Junior Clinics play an important role in our player development pathway. The opportunity to expose players to the holistic coaching principles of our High Performance Program at an early age is invaluable,” says Meyer.
“Last year’s program was an outstanding success and I look forward to seeing many more junior golfers from regional Queensland at this year’s clinics.”
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