Junior golf skills with Steve Chalmers

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For the last five years PGA Golf Coach, Steve Chalmers, has dedicated himself to developing junior golfers.

Now Steve wants to share some secrets that have made his recent indoor sessions in the Banchory Primary School and Hill Of Banchory School so popular, with a unique approach that has seen these golfers develop their skills.

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Steve said: “Fun is key factor in each session, if there is no fun element to it you will risk drop out in sport, so by making sessions fun will guard against drop out in your sport and see numbers increase.

‘‘Do not treat juniors as mini adults, make sure you interact at their level, tone of voice, words you use and explanations have all got to be aimed with a minor in mind, my tip is less is more. By simply keeping explanations / education to a minimum you find juniors concentrate better, and participate better ,if over bearing you lose class pupils concentration.

“The key to all my indoor sessions have been to educate children how to play golf in a manner that does not resemble a class room format, the way round this is incorporating games and coming up with new ideas so you can get kids playing fun games but at the same time developing golf skills and learning new ones without me stopping the session every few minutes to tell the class how to do something.

“Lots of the youngsters will say some of the stations are too easy, this is your opportunity as a coach to make some harder. Remember, for these juniors to develop they must have challenges set to motivate them to participate further.”

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