The Junior Golfer

Langdown, Ben (2023). The Junior Golfer. In: Bliss, Alex ed. Strength and Conditioning for Golf: A Guide for Coaches and Players. London: Routledge, pp. 101–122.



In the context of golf, a key aspect of the role of a youth strength and conditioning coach is to help children establish habits and motivation for physical activity / training and to develop physical literacy allowing them to learn how to, perform more effectively on the golf course. This chapter explores aspects of training junior golfers, including growth and maturation status, biological vs chronological age, barriers to engagement and the training that children can do to help develop physical characteristics necessary for improved golf performance and longevity in the sport. In doing so, the chapter provides evidence to answer common questions such as: “Should children lift weights?” “Are children simply mini-adults?” “How can coaching be adapted when working with children?”. This chapter critiques the myths and evidence surrounding children’s strength and conditioning with emphasis on the training that children may engage in to aid their physical development and competence as they progress towards adult golf. The chapter’s pragmatic approach will help coaches foster effective training habits, monitor behaviour and performance, and ultimately encourage enjoyment of strength and conditioning sessions.

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