What Makes A Golf Training Book EffectiveWritten by Mike Pedersen
A golf training book needs to be ‘user-friendly’ and ‘plug-and-play’. What I mean by that is a golfer should be able to have a clear idea on what he should do immediately to improve his/her game. And it should be easy to apply. No figuring out what to do next. No sense of confusion or frustration at information overload.
Haven’t you purchased a book (not necessarily a golf training book) before; got excited to dive and; and then in a short period of time felt overwhelmed?
I know I have!
It’s not a good feeling and can leave you even more frustrated than before you purchased it.
I have even seen golf training books that have been thrown together by several “so-called” experts and by time you’re finished you don’t know where to begin. That’s not to say information wasn’t credible, but isn’t whole purpose of reading a book having ability and confidence to know what to do next to achieve whatever goal you had when you first purchased it?
On other hand, a golf training book that will work for you should have all components of golf swing including swing mechanics, biomechanics, strength, flexibility, aerobic, injury and much more.
Pressure in Youth SportsWritten by Ken Kaiserman
Pressure is part of all sports and its impact in youth sports is something we need to carefully evaluate. The spotlight is brightest in baseball; there is simply no place to hide. For pitcher, batter, catcher and anybody ball is hit to, all attention of parents and peers is riveted on that player. In soccer, basketball or other sports, it’s easy enough to “blend in”, but not in baseball. I have tremendous respect for every kid who takes risk and goes out to play ball – especially kids who are not as talented; it’s not easy. This is especially true for a young pitcher who controls every aspect of game. Is there simply too much pressure put on kids to early? I don’t think so. As we evaluate physiological aspects of pressure, kid’s psychology, our own beliefs, and effective ways to deal with pressure, I’ll let you know why.
What Is Stress? - Changes, such as sudden trauma, several big crises, or many small daily hassles, cause stress. The human body has different ways of responding to stress; one quick responding nerve-hormonal system involving adrenaline, another long-lasting system involving cortisol, and perhaps others. These systems not only determine intensity of our anxiety reactions but also our attitudes, energy level, depression, and physical health after stressful events are over. Stress can also be a source of energy that can be directed towards useful purposes. How many of us would study or work hard if it were not for anxiety about future? Life is a dynamic process and thus forever changing and stressful. Physiologic changes including an increased heart rate and blood pressure, faster breathing, muscle tension, dilated pupils, dry mouth and increased blood sugar all take place. In other words, stress can also be described as a state of increased arousal. Up to a certain point stress is beneficial. We can perform with greater energy and increased awareness with influx of excitatory hormones that release immediate energy.
Understanding Each Child – There are genetic, constitutional, and other factors that influence pressure an individual will feel in any situation and their reaction to that stress. Some of us may have been born "nervous", “happy”, “emotional”, or even "grouches." Almost certainly we are by nature prone to be shy or outgoing, and we also inherit a propensity for certain psychological effects, including our reaction to stress. So, we have to expect that each child will be impacted by and deal with pressure situations differently. It is imperative to judge each child as an individual. Some kids are desperate to bat with bases loaded or pitch in a clutch situation. Does your child hope ball is hit to him so that he can make play or does hope it’s not hit in his direction so that he can’t make an error? My favorite Michael Jordan quote is: “I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” You want to put kids into a position where they can succeed and to do that you need to understand who they are and how they are impacted by different pressure situations.
Another difference in children can be way that they act in team vs. individual sports. A friend of mine has a child who is a very good athlete and highly competitive in tennis and golf, but “disappears” in soccer and basketball. The psychology behind this is simply that this person is able to perform when she knows that it’s all up to her. However, she doesn’t want to be one who lets down team by missing a shot. On other hand, some children may react in just opposite manner and not want outcome to be totally determined by their own actions
The easiest thing to do is very simple – just ask kids. You may be surprised at how honest answers will be. Here are some questions to try:
1.When game is tied and you’re playing in field, do you want ball to be hit to you or would you prefer that ball is hit to one of your teammates?
2.If your team is losing by one run in bottom of last inning, bases are loaded, and there are two out, do you want to be at bat?