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8 12, 2017

Recruit PKB: Growth or Fixed Mindset?

By | 2017-12-06T14:04:11+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Player Performance Articles|0 Comments

How do you handle adversity, challenges, and setbacks? With a fixed mindset or a growth mindset? One of my favorite and most influential books is Carol Dweck's Mindset. She has conducted numerous studies and research on the difference in those who possess a fixed mindset and those who have a growth mindset. This past weekend I had the opportunity to sit down with a top 50 ranked DI college golf coach to discuss plans for one of my players who would be playing there. We wanted to create some steps and goals to help this player be more prepared for when she stepped foot on campus in the fall. A lot of our discussion centered around mindset and creating more of a growth mindset when it comes to challenges and getting better at all areas of golf and life. I thought I would share a little insight into to [...]

30 11, 2017

Recruit PKB: Do Your Research

By | 2017-11-30T13:08:24+00:00 November 30th, 2017|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

"I always appreciate it when a recruit has done a little research on college golf, and my team in particular." - Emily Kuhfeld,  GA Southern Women's Head Coach Part of the recruiting process is to learn more about the school, coach, and golf program as you communicate with a college coach, but do as much initial research as you can. You can learn a lot thru the resources that are available online such as the school and team website, PING College Guide, CollegeBoard.com, Golfstat.com, Golfweek.com, and social media. Also doing your research on the NCAA rules will show a coach that you’re serious about this process and understand what can and can’t happen at different stages. This will help you not make mistakes or misunderstand why a coach may not be responding to your emails or phone calls.   If you do the research you will be much more prepared for [...]

23 11, 2017

RecruitPKB: Hula Hoops

By | 2017-11-09T14:26:35+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|The Complete Golfer|0 Comments

Growing up I was a master hula hooper. I could keep a hula hoop going for hours if I had to, even two or three at a time. My hips don't move quite as fast as they use to so I've found a new purpose for hula hoops these days. They are awesome, inexpensive practice tools. You can use them for a number of different drills. Below are just a few of them: Chipping: Lay a hula hoop about 5-6 feet on the green and practice landing different clubs inside the hoop. Take a few steps back farther off the green and continue landing balls in the hoop with all of your wedges, 9iron, and 8iron. Set a goal to get so many out of 5 inside the hoop with each club before you move on to another club. Pitching: Lay a hula hoop about 10 feet [...]

16 11, 2017

RecruitPKB: I Didn’t Sign, Now What?

By | 2017-11-09T14:21:53+00:00 November 16th, 2017|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

I know it may feel like everyone else signed their NLI last week but don't worry! There are still opportunities out there and coaches who need players. You can still find an opportunity to play college golf and sign during the regular signing period in April if you put some work into the process. Keep a good schedule of tournaments lined up throughout the fall, winter, and spring. Let the coaches know where you will be playing. Focus mostly on DII, DIII, NAIA and JuCo schools, as most DI programs will have finished their recruiting. There are still some DI coaches looking for players into the spring of senior year, but it's a more rare occurrence so don't put many eggs in that basket. Try to consider some colder areas of the country as those programs tend to fill up their roster later. The better academic schools usually [...]

9 11, 2017

RecruitPKB: What is the NLI?

By | 2017-11-09T14:22:54+00:00 November 9th, 2017|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

As we wrap up the NLI Early Signing Period, I wanted to share some insight on FAQs about signing an NLI. What is the NLI? The NLI (National Letter of Intent) is an agreement signed by the student-athlete, parent or guardian and the institution that states the student athlete’s commitment to attend the institution for one full academic year, in return the institution agrees to provide athletic financial aid for one full academic year. How is it different from a verbal commitment? The NLI is different from a verbal commitment in that it is legally binding and it's an agreement between the student-athlete and the institution (not the coach). Also, the NLI can only be signed during designated signing periods (see below) whereas a verbal commitment can be made at any time. When is the NLI signed? For golf, there are two signing periods, an NLI can only be signed [...]

2 11, 2017

RecruitPKB: When do I start the process?

By | 2017-11-05T11:26:58+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

A few days ago I gave the opportunity to my social media followers to post or send questions about junior golf and college recruiting. Over the next few weeks, I am going to take those questions and share some insight with you on my answers in case you missed those discussions. The first question, which I actually received 3 different times that evening, was along the lines of "at what age do you recommend a girl start the recruiting process." Clearly, this is a question that I get asked often so I have learned a few different ways to approach my response. As with many things in the process, there are rarely definitive answers and this is definitely one of the tougher ones to answer. For starting the recruiting process and contacting coaches, it’s more about the strength of a player's resume than it is their age, [...]

26 10, 2017

RecruitPKB: NCAA Rules and Regulations

By | 2017-10-13T21:50:59+00:00 October 26th, 2017|College Recruiting Articles, The Recruiting Process|0 Comments

Knowing the NCAA rules and regulations will not only help you navigate the process better but it will also show a coach that you are serious and prepared. Keep in mind, a student-athlete can always make phone calls, send emails and take unofficial visits at any point as long as it is on their own time and money. These rules below are in regards to when and what coaches are allowed to initiate themselves. Similar to the Rules of Golf there are many different variations and interpretations of the rules. If you aren't sure of the rules you can contact the NCAA, Eligibility Center or me if you have any questions. Dates to Know: September 1st of Junior Year: Division I coaches may send recruiting materials/emails to recruits. New Update: As of August 1, 2014, coaches may also make phone calls, send texts and use any other [...]

18 10, 2017

RecruitPKB: “Do Not Fear Failure”

By | 2017-10-13T21:50:53+00:00 October 18th, 2017|College Recruiting Articles, The Complete Golfer|0 Comments

The fear of failure is quite possibly the biggest detriment to a golfer's success, even for junior golfers. While kids tend to have a "no fear" attitude about many things, fear can easily creep into their golf game when the pressure is on. Growing up I was fearless. My sister and her friends would dare me to do something and without fear I would do it. From cutting flips off the monkey bars to jumping out of the hayloft to cutting flips off the high dive, you named it I would probably do it. Please do not try any of these though, I also ended up with 2 broke arms and a broken collarbone from my childhood antics. But the point is I did these without any fear of what might happen. But now as an adult, many times I look at an activity or task and [...]

12 10, 2017

RecruitPKB: Don’t Panic but Be Proactive

By | 2017-10-13T21:50:40+00:00 October 12th, 2017|College Recruiting Articles, The Recruiting Process|0 Comments

"Just wanted to let you know that for 2020 we have one verbal commitment and another offer out.  Assuming that gets accepted we would only have walk-on opportunities available for 2020." - Top 25 Ranked DI Women's Golf Program In consulting my 2020 recruits, I have received several responses like this from coaches who are already wrapping up their 2020 recruiting class, during the fall of a recruit's sophomore year.  I know it's hard to believe and part of me doesn't like to share this because I know it makes players panic and stresses them out. But I have also seen the lack of knowledge and understanding of the reality of the recruiting process and they find out this information too late. Thankfully on a positive note, I have also had several 2018 recruits, current seniors, who have just wrapped up their recruiting process by making their decision in [...]

5 10, 2017

RecruitPKB: Scholarships… What does it take?

By | 2017-10-13T21:50:46+00:00 October 5th, 2017|College Recruiting Articles, The Recruiting Process|0 Comments

What does it take to earn a scholarship? On average, if you can shoot in the 90s you will have some opportunities to play on a college team. This will typically be at a smaller school and only academic scholarship money. If you can consistently shoot in the 80s you will open up more opportunities for some athletic scholarship money. To play at a D1 school and earn athletic scholarship money you should be consistently shooting under 80 in state, regional and national tournaments at 5900 yds and longer, for better-ranked DI schools those scores need to be the mid to lower 70s. Occasionally there are exceptions to these standards, which is why it is so important to understand that if you work hard not only on your game and in the classroom but also on the recruiting process you will give yourself more options.   How [...]