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  1. Jake satterwhite

    Jake satterwhite New Member

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    Ok well today my dad took me to play gold for the first time, and I instantly fell in love with it. I would like some tips that would help me, also I would like to know if it is to late for me to get good enough to get a scholarship (I'm currently 15). I have a video of my swing if that would help to see it so you could give me better tips my email is jake.satterwhite@gmail.com
     
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    TrickyPutt Banned Banned

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    Post the video!
     
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    Jake satterwhite New Member

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    It says the upload file doesn't have an allowed extension
     
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    Upload to youtube and post the link then
     
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    ok here you go
     
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    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    1st something small. Move the ball just a little further back and move your hands just a little in front of the ball at address.
     
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    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    Yes and you should study the grip. It goes into the fingers. The hand holding the end of the club will actually allow you to bend at the hand and not the elbow, giving you much greater distance.
     
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    This guy isnt the worst teacher.

    Winn Grips, The Proper Grip, Butch Harmon:
     
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    Ok thank you guys, also is it to late for me to get good enough to get a scholarship?
     
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    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    No, but it will take a lot of effort on your part.
     
  12. Jake satterwhite

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    Ok I'm fine with putting in a lot of work. I couldn't believe how quick I fell in love with it
     
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    Golf is a great game and passion, it isn't easy but when you groove one and it goes where you want...those are the shots that keep you coming back.

    Welcome to shottalk!
     
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    Keep in mind that colleges treat scholarships different in non revenue sports than they do for revenue sports (football and basketball). For example, Some golf teams will have a certain number of scholarships available to distribute among it's players, say 8 scholarships for 14 players. Also it's much more common to have a renewable scholarship as apposed to a "4 year" scholarship. What that means is you get a 1 year scholarship and have to re-earn it every year. One advantage a collage golfer has over the big sports is that whatever college you go to is irrelevant when it concerns going pro. In the big sports going to a big time college helps your "draft" status, but in golf you have to earn your way onto the tour.
     
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    ^^^this, well said Greg.
     
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    1 Keep your right elbow straight on your backswing.
    2 Hit down and through the ball.
    3 At 15 you'll have to work really hard to get scholarship money, but it's totally possible if you want yo work for it. Remember, hard work beats talent when talent won't work hard.
    4 work on your short game (chipping and especially putting). It doesn't matter if you can drive it 300 yards if it takes you 5 more shots to go the last 30 feet.

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    Ok guys thank you. This morning I woke up and saw the stuff so I went to my yard got a practice ball and have been working on keeping my arm straight here it is so far. Also I've been working on my putting too.
     
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    You're doing good! Keep practicing!

    You need to cock your wrists at the top of your swing. This will give you loads more power. Good luck!
     
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    First, learning to play golf is something you can enjoy for the rest of your life. It's a great game and teaches much beyond simply getting the ball to the hole. Integrity: You are responsible for keeping your own score. Patience and maturity: Keeping your cool with a game that can be extremely frustrating will exemplify how well you can handle adversity. Respect: Respect for your fellow golfers and respect for the course are key elements of playing this game.

    Now, the chances of a college scholarship are minimal. I'm not saying you can't hone your game and get there. I'm just saying that you need to have a "Plan B". My wife's nephew won his high school State championship his junior and senior year. He was... and still is... a good stick carrying a scratch handicap. The best he could do was get a partial scholarship to a junior college. He was not nearly good enough to play for the Big 12 schools in our area.

    If you want to be the best you can be in the short time between now and college, you will need to find an well qualified teacher. We weekend hackers on a golf forum cannot give you the assistance you need. A good PGA certified teacher can work with you, hand on, and will give you the best chance of taking your game to the next level. You also need to be prepared to spend some money. Lessons from the local muni pro may be deemed inexpensive. Lessons a pro that can give you the most help won't come cheap. Once your game begins to come along, you will need properly fitted clubs. As your game evolves, those clubs may need replaced or tweaked.

    You also need to be entering any and all amateur tournaments in your area. Contact your state golf association and see what junior tourneys are available. If you can play against some tournament players your same age, that will give you an understanding of the competition you need to beat to earn your way to a scholarship. If you are winning a significant number of your state tournaments and can beat anyone at your home course, you are just getting started.

    Again, I'm not attempting to cast a negative palor on your hopes and dreams. You CAN do it! You just need to understand the work and sacrifices that will be required to attain your dream. Good luck!!!!!!

    To get to the level where a college might be interested in "paying you to play", vis a scholoarship, will take time, money, patience, and tremendous support from your family.
     
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    Yes I figured it would be hard to get a scholarship so late, but I'm willing to put in the work. I'm already looking for lessons from a professional in central Texas and me and my dad are talking everything over lesson wise. Thank you for giving me the great info though.
     

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