Originally Posted by nolo
If you were in charge of the development of a promising young golfer, what would your program entail? I'm not talking about little ol' me, but rather the ideal person in the ideal situation.
How old is the ideal person, what time can they devote to the effort, what are their goals ? If it is a very young person, you want them to enjoy the sport and have fun. I've seen several young players get burned out because they were pushed to play when they would rather be swimming, playing soccer or hanging with friends. On the other hand, I've watched a friend's son develop a passion for the game in elementary school and is now playing at a top ranked Div I school.
If the comittment is there, I'd contact a good teaching professional that is compatible with you and the player. I'd schedule an interview -- discuss current level of ability of the player, goals of the player, what the player perceives the effort would be to accomplish their goals, what kind of lesson schedule, practice routines or play schedules may be involved and recommended by the professional. I've always felt that professional teaching at a young age makes the swing easier to repeat. If the player is more advanced , then the goals are probably more solidified and a regimen may be easier to develop. Remember, there are huge differences in learning to play, playing to a low double digit hcp, playing to scratch or playing tournament golf. The time required to remain proficient at each of those levels is equally different. Setting realistic goals are very important.
I play with my nephew and grandsons on a real informal basis. We have a great time, I give them an occasional pointer but put no pressure on them to play. I've enrolled them in short three or four day summer golf camps over the past few years to keep up their interest. I treat it as a game for a lifetime with the hope they'll stick with it through the years. If they ever expressed an interest in drastically improving their performance and getting serious about the game, I'd follow the steps above.