Play Golf For Juniors: The Academy of Golf at PGA National

Play Golf For Juniors: The Academy of Golf at PGA National

by Mike Adams, T. J. Tomasi

"Junior golf is the fastest growing section of the golf market by far...two out of every three high schools have a golf team.... Currently in the USA there are about five million juniors between the ages of 6 and 18 playing golf on a regular basis..."
- From the Introduction of Play Golf for Juniors

PGA Academy instructors Mike


"Junior golf is the fastest growing section of the golf market by far...two out of every three high schools have a golf team.... Currently in the USA there are about five million juniors between the ages of 6 and 18 playing golf on a regular basis..."
- From the Introduction of Play Golf for Juniors

PGA Academy instructors Mike Adams and T.J. Tomasi introduce young people to the game of golf. In relaxed, conversational style the authors explain golf in simple terms and concepts without missing an important detail. Young players are encouraged to think the game through and understand its idiosyncrasies and the obstacles to a good swing, whether on the tee, on the fairway, in the rough, in a sandtrap or on the green.

The authors' lengthy teaching experience provides a set of progressive lessons used at the PGA Academy:

  • Equipment - the six important club specifications, why one iron goes farther than another, grip size, divots, loft and lie angle
  • The Rules - the basics, from what's par to how a course is laid out and played, rules of etiquette, playing out of bounds, the rule of equity
  • On Teaching Juniors - an important section for adults encouraging and supporting a young player, and understanding the three phases to learning golf
  • The Set Up - grip, ball position, posture, stance, aim and alignment
  • Full Swing - the swing's mechanics, making contact plus 11 drills and 8 junior swings fully explained with sequential photographs
  • The Short Game - the putting stroke, putting drills, chipping, bunker play, pitching, plus more drills
  • Learning Programs for Juniors - setting up a practice routine, picking junior programs, finding a pro
  • Tournaments - keeping your game ready,
    making practices count, staying injury-free.

With a glossary, "Tips" sidebars throughout, special advice for female juniors plus comprehensive sequential photography, PGA Golf For Juniors is an exceptionally complete book. It will appeal to aspiring young players, their parents and coaches.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Digest
Check out this great new book! It could make the difference between staying on the fairway, and yelling 'fore!'
Terry Peters
Good photographs and clear writing combine for a valuable learning aid.
Vancouver North Shore News
Maura Bresnahan
Colorful and well organized ... information easily accessible and clearly demonstrated through sequential photographs ... helpful and highly recommended.
Young golfers will find much to help them in this photograph-filled book of tips and detailed instruction. Colorful and well organized, the eight chapters include advice on equipment, the rules, the swing, putting, pitching, chipping, sand play, and tournaments. Beginners will find the information easily accessible and clearly demonstrated through the sequential photography. Among the rules explained are what par is, how a course is laid out and played, playing out of bounds, and equity. Examples of golf etiquette are given to help show that "golf is a game of refinement played by courteous players." Also included are techniques and drills for students of different ages and at diverse stages of development. The glossary includes a variety of terms, in no particular order, that golfers will want to know, including loft, coil, lob wedge, and takeaway. A brief sidebar column on Tiger Woods and his father's training regimen is included in the third chapter. This sidebar is geared toward parents rather than young golfers. The book's authors have impressive backgrounds in the field of golf as instructors at the Professional Golf Association's Academy of Golf. Their expertise and the design of the book make for a comprehensive guide that will have young golfers hitting the book before they hit the course. Purchase this helpful and highly recommended guide for school and public libraries. VOYA CODES: 5Q 2P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000, Firefly, 144p, Glossary, Index, Illus, Photos, Oversize pb.Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Maura Bresnahan VOYA, February 2001 (Vol. 23, No.6)
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
One very tangible result of golf star Tiger Woods' rise to prominence is the explosion of interest in golf among children. Aspiring linksters are taking up the sport in large numbers. This informative book seeks to capitalize on the recent golf craze among young players by providing comprehensive instruction about the game. This 144-page work is packed with information, about how to play the game, techniques for improving play, equipment and golf etiquette. There are also many helpful color photos, which the authors use to illustrate their lessons. While this book will provide aspiring golfers with solid information about golf, it is not for everyone. Casual fans and players should look elsewhere for assistance, since this book contains material and terminology understandable only to those serious about hitting the links. Nonetheless, its breadth of information and comprehension will make it an invaluable addition to any library's sports section. 2000, Firefly Books, Ages 10 up, $19.95. Reviewer: Bruce Adelson
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-This colorful title will best serve those who already know something about the game. The authors provide information on clubs, equipment, rules, etiquette, safety, and the game, but some of the terms are not explained. Also, the chapter for parents seems out of place in a book for this audience. Excellent-quality, full-color, action-sequence photographs clarify information and show each phase of the individual strokes. These photographs could help young golfers analyze their own forms and postures. The writing style is informal, but the occasional sarcasm, slang, and grammatical errors mar the quality of the otherwise useful instruction. A glossary (not arranged alphabetically) provides some help with golf terms. This book is for golf fans who want to improve their strokes or who are interested in tournament play.-Janice C. Hayes, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreeboro Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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Firefly Books, Limited
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Age Range:
10 - 17 Years

Read an Excerpt

From the Introduction: Here's what's in the book:
Chapter I: Equipment

Is it the archer or the arrows? Well it's both and this chapter is about your clubs, you know, the things you hit the ball with. In the last ten years, the use of the computer documents that the effects of club specifications, such as loft and lie, on the flight of the golf ball are substantial. The results of the research are clear: learning to swing the golf club correctly is directly dependent on having the correct golf club to swing. To maximize your performance in golf, you should fit your golf clubs to your own personal characteristics-such as swing speed, strength, and your body size.

What are the important specifications you need in your equipment to make sure you can make a good swing? Now there's often a big difference between what you need and what you want (remember the line from the Rolling Stones song "You can't always have what you want") and in this chapter we'll just focus on what you need.

Chapter 2: The Rules

You can go out and just hit the ball around, but if you want to play the game called golf there are rules and in this chapter we review the only ones you really have to know. Playing by the rules lets you know how good you really are and it's fun because you're playing the same exact game as the pros are-at least rules wise. And how about a word on how to behave (this isn't for you because you're a perfect kid, it's for all the other kids reading this). Golf has a rich history as played by gentle men and women and this section on etiquette suggests a few basic dos and don'ts that every golfer should know and observe.

Chapter 3: How To Teach Your Kid Golf

This chapter, mom and dad, is for you. We know you're interested in helping your kid to play better golf so we included non-technical information on how kids learn that will help you teach your junior. But remember, you're a guide not a jailer.

Chapter 4: Full Swing

So you think you're doing it right, well here's a chance to match yourself up with the kids in the book. You never can tell, maybe you're better than they are so next time you'll be in the book with other kids copying you. We'll start with the grip and cover the entire stance and swing. Our models are good players, who are 11, 13, 15, 17 years old respectively.

Chapter 5: The Short Game

Since approximately 65 per cent of the strokes you take are from 100 yards and in, pitching, putting, chipping and sand play make up an important segment of your blueprint for better golf. Even the best pros in the world miss on average about six greens a round, yet they manage to shoot par or better. Obviously then, how you handle the close shots from just off the green, plays a major role in how well you score or, if you don't care about score, how well you're playing your game.

Chapter 6: Group Learning

Group Learning is an important part of learning golf for kids and we'll outline what kind of programs are out there for you to take advantage of and how a good junior golf program is structured.

Chapter 7: Tournaments

So you're ready to play in tournaments? Here's what you should know, including how to play tournament golf (on course strategy) and where the competition is on a national level.

As you can see from this brief overview, the purpose of this book is quite simply to help you play better golf. In the final analysis, your development depends on your ability to learn-our job is to get you started in the right direction.

Meet the Author

Mike Adams is a former PGA touring pro and Director of the PGA's National Academy of Golf at Palm Beach, Florida. Known throughout the golf world as the "Swing Doctor," Adams has an impressive track record for correcting swing faults. He is one of the most sought-after golf teachers in the U.S. and teaches more than 3,000 individual lessons each year. His students include Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas, Willie Nelson, President Bill Clinton and former President Gerald Ford. One of "Golf" magazine's "100 Best Golf Teachers," Adams writes for "Golf," "Golf Digest" and "Golfing."

T.J. Tomasi is Assistant Director of The Academy of Golf at PGA National. Three-time Head Professional and PGA Teaching Professional, he was Instructional Editor of "Golf Illustrated" magazine, and is currently the Chief Instruction Co-ordinator for "Golfing" magazine and a frequent contributor to "Golf," "Senior Golfer" and "Golf Tips." Dr. Tomasi has a Ph.D. in education with a major in Learning Theory.

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