|JUNIOR CLINIC OUTLINE|
8:30 9:00 a.m.
Meet PGA Professionals and volunteer teachers.
Provide nametags and hand out clinic outline.
Advise on how to teach the blind and visually impaired. Stress safety for junior golfers as well as instructors. Golf clubs in the hands of a novice can be dangerous and even more so for those with limited vision. The natural tendency will be to swing the club. Not being able to see who or what is around you can lead to accidents. Instructors need to be aware that the junior golfer might not be aware of their presence so verbal cues are a must!
9:00 9:20 a.m.
Meet the junior golfers and hand out nametags. Divide into three groups.
9:20 9:30 a.m.
As one group welcome and introductions. Discuss safety issues when using golf clubs and space awareness. Provide a brief history of blind golf and give details of the 10 countries around the world that have blind golf associations.
9:30 10:00 a.m.
All groups: Feel and Sound of Golf Experience through feel and sound the tools and elements of the game of golf. Provide the junior golfers with a variety of golf clubs to help become acquainted with woods, irons, putters, golf balls and tees and how they are used to play the game of golf. Walk the group around a golf hole explain how the grass is different on the tee, fairway, rough and green. Allow the golfers to feel the difference with each. With the group listening hit shots using a wood, iron and putter and have the group explain the difference.
After breaking into 3 groups have one
instructor demonstrate the proper technique for the full swing, chipping
and putting. Ask for questions and then allow volunteers to work with
individual students. Stop occasionally and ask for questions. Stress how
the swing or shot felt to each golfer. This will help in understanding
what a good shot feels like and a bad shot feels like.
On a local level we try to follow
the motto of the United States Blind Golf Association:
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