Ty Andersen serves as Director of Instruction at The Ty Andersen Golf Academy, and has been named one of the Top 50 Kids Teachers by the US Kids Golf Company. He has developed seven different teaching programs that are registered with the PGA.
Teaching Progression for Junior Golfers
Teach Junior Golfers Differently as They Grow
Here is an important tip for parents or anyone teaching kids. As they progress, as they get bigger, stronger and older, I am going to teach them differently. A while back I showed you how he was chipping the ball, and there are a couple of different ways I am going to show him this as he gets older, as he gets bigger and stronger, and Luke is ready for this. Originally what I teach him to chip with is I have him put the club down behind the ball, heel, toe and sole, and pointing has back toe at the ball. I am going to have him put his feet close together and put his hands in the middle of his body and I am going to have him go back and forth and just brush that club up against the grass. It pops the ball up very nicely and it rolls up there for him. Now he is getting bigger and he can handle this, so what I am going to do is teach him a little bit differently a way to chip the ball.
The Three Lefts Golf Drill
In this case here I am going to teach him the three lefts, if he were lefty I would be teaching him the three rights. In this case here I am going to ask him to put the club down behind the ball, heel, toe and sole and still point his back toe at the ball.
- I am going to ask him to put his feet close together and then the first left is to open up his left foot.
- The second left is to get his hands left of the ball or in front of the ball.
- The third left is I am going to ask him to shift his weight to his left side and then I am going to ask him to do nothing more than putt the ball.
The thought process here is I want him to use his putting stroke when he is chipping that ball. He is doing nothing more than putting the ball with a lofted club. So as kids get older we need to understand that we need to change our teaching methods when we are dealing with them. Do that with your kids.
About the Instructor
Highland Oaks Golf Course
904 Royal Parkway
Dothan, Alabama 36305