Junior Coaching: Fundamental movement- The Golf Shack Academy

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PGA Professionals Andrew Simmonds and Philip Akers talk us through their approach to coaching junior golf.

Today we will be looking at fundamental movement.

Junior coaching in golf can raise many questions. What’s the most effective way to get the best out of your kids, and how can we keep them interested in the great game of golf? This is because the approach to coaching juniors is different to that of coaching adults.

Andrew Simmonds and Phillip Akers from The Belfry have it all figured out with their junior coaching programmes.

In this video, Andrew and Phil discuss fundamental movement with the Pro down at the Shack.

Fundamental movement

Years ago when we were growing up we would play loads of different sports and learn the different ways to use our bodies. Unfortunately with modern day technology it’s very easy for kids to sit on their iPad’s or spend a lot of time sitting down in the classroom.

So the fundamental movement drill is a way to try and teach the kids a bit more about how to use their body.

We promote children to play as many sports as they can and we consider the kids learning to be  athletes the second most important thing in our programme. So this drill is all about getting loose and getting the kids to use their bodies in a way in which they won’t be used to yet.

Andrew Simmonds is a PGA Professional with over 10 years of coaching experience. He taught at The Darren Clarke Golf School in Northern Ireland and then went on to complete the Advanced Certificate in Golf Coaching at the University of Birmingham, specialising in research of participation/drop rates in youth sport.

Andrew now consults with other PGA Professionals on how to run effective golf coaching programmes.

Phillip Akers is a Senior PGA National Academy Coach & Director of Junior Golf at The Belfry. Phillip specialises in Junior Development and coaches some of the finest junior golfers in the U.K.

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