Playsport Golf Junior Academy
…so what’s involved?
Our aim is to introduce kids into golf, not just standing hitting balls off a mat but actually getting out on to the course and learning to play! We do this with a structured approach using the full range of facilties availble to us on the range, short game practice area and our fantastic 9-hole golf course under the guidance of our PGA coaching team.
The Playsport Junior Golf Academy provides a pathway for kids to progress into competent goflers, providing them with the knowledge and skills to ensure they can enjoy playing the game of golf for years to come…
This stage of our pathway is spread over 28 weeks of coaching splitting into four blocks of seven sessions aimed at primary 5/6 aged kids. On completion, there is the option to repeat the course for a second and third year with the intensity of each block increasing as we progress.
Each 28 week block is charged at £95
Our ideal scenario being that the group of kids who start off together continue the journey together through into club membership.
For those wishing to follow our pathway beyond the Playsport Junior Golf Academy, the next stage is our Playsport Junior Golf Club Membership which we offer to kids aged 11-16yrs (secondary school age). This is a direct debit monthly subscription based membership including one-to-one lessons, group based coaching and competitions, club membership plus a range of facility discounts.
We have 2 taster sessions remaining on Sunday 22/03 and Sunday 29/03, these are simply a fun way to meet the pros and see if you want to join our new Playsport Junior Golf Academy…
Below is a sample of the syllabus that the professionals will be following over the 28 weeks
By the end of the stage the kids will know some rules and etiquette and be able to achieve 5 of 10 skills.
Week 1: Set up & swing shape. Golf rule: Layout of golf course. Etiquette: Manners and behaviour
Week 2: Power & Accuracy. Expand on golf course layout
Week 3: Introduction to short game. Pitching, when to and when not to use. Rules and Etiquette
Week 4: Putting, short game, chipping (sportsmanship)
Week 5: Driving & Fairway woods
Week 6: How to Play the Course. Longer session with on-course activity
14th June Assessment Week. Games and fun competitions. End of session report card issued.
By this level we expect the kids to have increased level of skill and knowledge of how clubs work, when to use them and how to play the golf course. Introduce competitions and different formats. Pass 7 out of 10 skills.
Week 1: Revisit set up on all clubs (checkpoints). Rules on honesty (examples)
Week 2: Swing control – height of ball and understand what it does (Matchplay)
Week 3: Putting – reading greens – slope, speed, Matchplay (Gimmies)
Week 4: Chipping week – using different clubs in the bag, what clubs do loft etc.
Week 5: Driving – High drives, low (tee)
Week 6: Strokeplay week (short game focussed) marking score cards
Week 7: Assessment week. Combination of Matchplay and Strokeplay. Competitions and report card
Increased independent practice and use of record sheets with rewards! By this stage we are looking to get the kids ready to play the blue course. All our young golfers will be able to complete a few of the holes in a flag format. PJGA kids will have competency in driving and putting skills with an average level of short game skills.
Putting from 20 feet Hitting the ball over an obstacle Hitting the ball 100 yards
Week 1: How far do I hit it? Using different clubs, weather conditions
Week 2: Swing work, increase skill & consistency. Keeping score, marking card
Week 3: Short game work. Tricky shots, long grass etc.
Week 4: Putting skills – control, rules of green, handicap introduction, games to build confidence
Week 5: Long game week – safety on the course. Pre-shot routine.
Week 6: Game week – work on all areas for competition in week 7. Create teams.
Week 7: Assessment week (Flag event) Competition & Games. Report card issued
Block 4 (Phase 4)
By this stage our young golfers will be able to show a good understanding of how the swing works and a consistent level of play. Able to complete most of our skills tests. Able to complete a 5-hole flag event.
Putting accuracy Hight control Increase driver distance Green in 50yrds
Week 1: Winter catch-up! Revisit all the basics. Introduce Wrong Ball Rule
Week 2: Uphill/downhill lies. More introduction to types of games (Stableford)
Week 3: Ball above/below feet. Using different clubs and what it will do.
Week 4: Bunkers. Rules (not focussing on club touching the ground at this stage)
Week 5: Driving – Increasing Power. Fitness and spread games
Week 6: Assessment and Competition Week. Scoring all the shots learns through the course.
Week 7: Playsport Junior Golf Academy FLAG CHALLENGE in association with JFC SCOTLAND