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PerformPKB: Prepare to be Great

This article is part of guest series to the RecruitPKB "Complete Golfer" program by Chris Finn, owner of Par4Success in Cary, North Carolina. --- RecruitPKB Perform: Prepare to be Great Fact #1: 95% of United States junior golfers today will not play competitive golf beyond High School. Fact #2: The international talent in college golf and on the PGA and LPGA Tours has exploded. These two statements may not seem related, but they are so closely intertwined they might as well be one. Experts believe that the rise in international success on the Tours is due to a shift that has taken place at the developmental levels internationally and is lagging here in the United States; Long Term Athletic Development. Many international countries have adopted Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) programs and the results are astounding when you look at population size compared to worldwide wins (South [...]

By | 2018-03-21T20:45:45+00:00 December 26th, 2015|Physical Performance Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Womens Golf Breakdown

Here is an updated breakdown of the average scores that a college coach looks for with their recruits. Keep in mind these are general guidelines, some variations and exceptions are possible. Click on image to enlarge. Examples of national tours/tourneys: PKBGT Invitationals and Championships, AJGA Invitationals and Championships, USGA, PGA Jr Championship, Big I Championship, Optimist International, etc Examples of regional tours/tourneys: PKBGT, HJGT, SJGT, FCG, IJGT, Golfweek Jr Tour, etc

By | 2017-09-13T11:51:00+00:00 December 23rd, 2015|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

PerformPKB: It’s All in the Hips

This article is part of guest series to the RecruitPKB "Complete Golfer" program by Chris Finn, owner of Par4Success in Cary, North Carolina. --- Has anyone seen Michelle Wie or Rory Mcilroy move their hips in their swing lately? Tough to see unless you slow down the video because they are so fast. As a reference point, the average PGA tour player rotates their hips at most about 500 degrees per second. Rory’s speed is around 740 degrees per second. Power in an efficient golf swing such as with Michelle or Rory starts from the ground and works it way up through your hips, core and out through the hands into the club eventually resulting in faster ball speed. There is also an efficient weight shift from the trail leg to the lead leg through rotational movement and some lateral shift which comes from using the ground [...]

By | 2018-03-21T20:46:05+00:00 December 19th, 2015|Physical Performance Articles|0 Comments

PerformPKB: Foam Roll = Your Fitness Caddy

This article is part of guest series to the RecruitPKB "Complete Golfer" program by Chris Finn, owner of Par4Success in Cary, North Carolina. --- One thing has struck me this year as I have been watching the different Tour events;  What an integral part of each player’s success their Caddy plays. After every victory in the post round interview it is almost without fail that the player will thank or in some way mention the great team that they have around them, in particular their caddy. When you are playing in tournaments or just practicing multiple days back to back as well as working out, your foam roll essentially serves the same roll from a physical standpoint as a caddy does from a golf standpoint. If you are not foam rolling, you are allowing myofascial adhesions and other soft tissue restrictions establish long term homes in your [...]

By | 2018-03-21T20:46:29+00:00 December 12th, 2015|Physical Performance Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: It Takes More Than Just Talent

“It’s not about how talented you are, it’s about how hard you work to make the most of the talent you were given” –  Me   This may sound crazy, but one of the biggest detriments to a young player’s development is being told how talented they are. Check out this short video about motivation and hard work. I was one of those players who had a very natural talent for golf from an early age. I didn’t have to be taught a lot of mechanics, early in my golf career swing coaches wouldn’t make any changes to my swing except a few tweaks to my setup if it got off. I could naturally figure out how to properly swing the club, work the ball, creatively get myself out of trouble and hit different short game shots around the green without thinking much about mechanics.   Now [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:45:58+00:00 December 10th, 2015|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Know Your Yardages

  "They don't take enough club.... most of the time they don't know exactly how far they actually hit the ball" - Morgan Pressel Check out this VIDEO of LPGA players talking about the mistake they see amateurs (which includes junior golfers) make the most often. Knowing your yardages can seem like such a simple concept yet I continue to see it be the reason for lost shots over and over again with junior golfers. Sometimes it's ego getting in the way when a player thinks they carry the ball farther than they actually do, other times it is just not really knowing the average carry number.  Learning the average yardage for each club can make a major difference in your game, especially when you face tough elements, such as elevation, temperature change, wind and adrenaline. Also learning to factor in that sometimes you need to take 2 [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:45:59+00:00 November 27th, 2015|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Seniors Recruiting Primer

  Seniors can be in one of two places at this stage. Some may be taking a sigh of relief, having just signed your NLI, while others may be in panic mode still trying to find a place to play college golf. While it is late in the process there are still options available if you work hard to contact coaches and keep an open mind. Make sure you have registered for the NCAA Eligibility Center and you have taken your ACT and/or SAT. If you don't have your resume together at this stage you need to get it completed ASAP. Make sure your resume includes all of the necessary information that a coach needs to know, along with a good recruiting video.   Keep in mind most DI coaches are done with their recruiting so look mostly at DII, DIII and NAIA options. You may find some smaller, [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:51:00+00:00 November 24th, 2015|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Juniors Recruiting Primer

  Junior year for a prospective student athlete is similar to what the pros like to call “moving day”. Saturday of a professional event is the day pros try to make their move up the leader board. They spend the first two days insuring they at least make the cut, and then it’s moving time on Saturday. Juniors need to take the same approach with their recruiting. Register for the NCAA Eligibility Center and make sure you take your ACT and/or SAT as soon as possible, many coaches need to know your scores before they can recruit you or make an offer. If you don't have your resume together at this stage you need to get it completed ASAP. Make sure your resume includes all of the necessary information that a coach needs to know, along with a good recruiting video. Begin to research potential good fits. You can [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:51:00+00:00 November 24th, 2015|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Sophomores Recruiting Primer

Sophomore year is the transition year for most junior golfers. It’s the year that tends to determine what path you will take with playing collegiate golf. In many cases where your golf game is by sophomore year will determine what level you play in college golf. This isn’t always the case but you need to make sure you maximize your time both on and off the course. As you approach the winter months it is extremely important to get your resume together and begin to send out intro emails. Yes, if your resume isn't what the coaches are looking for at this stage then you may not be able to make much progress but it is time to begin to figure that out so you can set a better game plan. Make sure your resume includes all of the necessary information that a coach needs to know. [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:51:01+00:00 November 24th, 2015|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Freshman and Younger Recruiting Primer

  As you begin to look towards your future as a junior golfer, it’s never too early to start developing a game plan. While it’s still early for the actual college recruiting process for most freshman and younger, there are many ways you can begin preparing for it and insure you are ready when the time comes. Many families believe the college recruiting process begins junior or senior year but it begins the day you decide it begins. When you reach junior year and your expectations don’t match up to your athletic and academic resume it can be very disappointing. Now is the time to be focused on goal setting, time management, practice routines, tournament schedule, fitness, work ethic, mental toughness and assertiveness. As we near the end of 2015, it is a great time to set some goals for the upcoming year. Write down a few [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:51:01+00:00 November 24th, 2015|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments