American Development Model: FUNdamentals


Age (Please note: Ages are guidelines, not restrictions)
Boys 6-9
Girls 6-8

Primary focus: Building fundamental movement and overall motor skills. The ADM emphasizes what it calls the ABC’s of athleticism: agility, balance, coordination and speed. Nothing about practice is formal at this point. It’s about falling in love with the game and learning how to play well with others. Par 3 courses are perfect for getting on-course experience, though any course can be shortened to an appropriate length.

Competition level: Group fun! It’s not about who wins.

What the coach recommends: Joanna Coe’s junior program in Baltimore is closing in on 300 participants. Coe says it’s important to divide golfers into smaller age groups at this stage so that kids don’t feel too far behind or that they’re not strong enough. Otherwise, they’ll lose interest quickly.

Coe, a former Symetra Tour player, borrowed a daddy-daughter clinic idea that

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