RecruitPKB: Biggest Piece of Advice from a College Coach

Over the next few weeks, I am going to share some coach responses from a recent survey I did to ask coaches their opinions. Please remember that coaches look for different things and have varying opinions, but I tried to compile some of the most common and relevant responses. Question: What is your biggest piece of advice for young ladies going through this process? Be open-minded I would suggest that they not play tournaments strictly with a focus on college placement. It starts to feel like work and generally leads to worse results. Just play the game with passion and let the chips fall where they fall. Stay open. Communicate. Network with players at schools where you want to attend. Enjoy the process and don't forget to be a kid and enjoy your time in HS. Too many show signs of too much stress and not enough [...]

By |2024-06-10T15:00:56-04:00June 10th, 2024|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Stats and Data Coaches Want to See

Over the next few weeks, I am going to share some coach responses from a recent survey I did to ask coaches their opinions. Please remember that coaches look for different things and have varying opinions, but I tried to compile some of the most common and relevant responses. Question: What do you look for and want to see regarding stats and data that a player can provide? Course yardages from tournaments are helpful Launch/speed/carry info is helpful Clubhead speed!! Any trackman information with driver and 7 iron would be great. Not too much. Clearly distance is a bonus, but mostly start with scoring. Tournament results (good and bad). Trackman yardages (7i & Driver). Scoring, yardages, a nice swing video Again...simple basics. Scores, finish, tournament name, yardage. Kind of on the opposite of this...I actually don't mind seeing Trackman/Flightscope type data. Especially if it shows how far [...]

By |2024-06-04T20:44:15-04:00June 4th, 2024|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Red Flags in the Process

Over the next few weeks, I am going to share some coach responses from a recent survey I did to ask coaches their opinions. Please remember that coaches look for different things and have varying opinions, but I tried to compile some of the most common and relevant responses. Question: What is the biggest red flag you see among the girls and/or the parents? Too much focus on big name schools and parents too involved Big turnoff to me if I sense that a profile is created and managed by a parent (parent email addresses, etc.). It's important to see that the athlete is ready to step out as a young adult without parents hovering. Parents taking over the process. They won't be playing for us. Too much parental involvement. And not enough excitement. Don't be afraid to tell a coach you love their school if you [...]

By |2024-05-28T19:46:39-04:00May 28th, 2024|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Coach Communication Etiquette Tips

A few quick tips for improving your coach communications etiquette Email Etiquette: Always address the coach specifically and have a greeting to start the email Check your grammar and spelling Make sure you attach any documents Have an appropriate email address Create multiple paragraphs instead of one big chunk of an email Reply in a timely manner Reply to coaches with a nicely written email saying thank you but that you aren't interested for schools that reach out but that you aren't interested in pursuing Phone or Video Call Etiquette: Sit up straight and be attentive and enthusiastic Smile and be engaging (even on a phone call) Try to avoid the Uhs and Ums Have questions and topics to discuss Good manners and show gratitude for their time Don't have a lot of background noise Etiquette on Visits: Be on time Good handshake, look the coach in [...]

By |2024-05-09T14:40:50-04:00May 9th, 2024|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: 13 Years of Brandi Jackson Golf

This past week I celebrated 13 years since I launched Brandi Jackson Golf. I took some time to share why I decided to launch this business.... The truth is I had no plans to ever do anything besides play professional golf, from the ripe age of about 9 years old all I wanted to do was play golf for a living, that was it. Thankfully I was a good student but never came up with a career path other than one that led to the LPGA Tour. After 4 years of college golf at Furman University, where I finished with a successful senior year stint as the NCAA East Regional Champion and a berth to the NCAA National Championships, along with earning All-American honors and SoCon Player of the Year plus a US Womens Am Runner-Up finish, I began my pro golf career. After a handful of [...]

By |2024-05-02T21:06:40-04:00May 2nd, 2024|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: A Look at DI Collegiate Averages

While this process has a great deal of subjectivity to it, I've come to appreciate data and numbers more over the years. This is a chart compiled of the average scores for the top 5 individuals from a mix of DI programs (through March 27th of the 2023-2024 fall and spring seasons). Typically collegiate tournaments at this level are played from approximately 6000-6200 yards. Also, collegiate tournaments are set up more difficult with pin placements, faster greens, and overall tougher conditions given the time of year that collegiate golf is played (not summer golf weather). And the added pressure of your coach and teammates counting on you heightens the stress level just a bit when you step on that first tee each time. Many times you will hear a coach say they are trying to recruit to replace their #2 or #3 players on the team, this [...]

By |2024-03-29T13:41:45-04:00March 28th, 2024|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Tournament Schedule Insight

I often get asked advice on which tournaments/tours and how many tournaments a junior golfer should play. I wanted to share some of my advice on why this isn't a question that has a simple answer. There is not a "one size fits all" plan when it comes to tournament scheduling because all players have different goals, expectations, resume, family demands, priorities, and financial means that determine what a tourney schedule should look like. A few factors that dictate variations in tournament schedules include (but are not limited to): A player's goals for playing college golf and her current tournament resume will dictate the quality and quantity of playing in tournaments. This has varying ranges as the number of tournaments is likely important at one stage of your development. Then it does become a bit more about the quality of tournaments over the quantity once you [...]

By |2024-02-01T13:57:26-05:00February 1st, 2024|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Starting the Process Webinar

Getting ready to start the college recruiting process? Check out the most recent PKBGT webinar for some insight on tackling those initial steps. Understand the NCAA Rules and Eligibility  Insight Into Scholarships Scoring Average Standards for Playing in College Creating a Resume and Video Contacting Coaches WATCH HERE   -Brandi Jackson, RecruitPKB College Consultant For questions or to schedule your free PKB 30-Minute Initial Consultation send an email to bjackson@pkbgt.org

By |2024-01-25T20:06:40-05:00January 25th, 2024|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

Recruit PKB: Happy New Year

Happy New Year!! I hope everyone has had a great holiday season and enjoyed your time with family and friends.  This is a great time to reflect on the accomplishments of 2023 and begin to plan for 2024. To all of those who signed NLIs or verbally committed to play college golf, I want to say a big congratulations. To those who may have chosen a different path with their futures, I also want to say a big congratulations. College golf may not be the correct route for everyone young golfer but you have still worked hard and made a big decision in your life. To all of those young girls who have practiced till it was dark, gotten up before sunrise for an early tee time or workout, braved the cold/wind/rain, and kept their heads up after a bad round, I want to say congratulations. You [...]

By |2023-12-14T10:19:53-05:00December 28th, 2023|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments
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