Junior Golf Programs: Sarasota | Bradenton | Lakewood Ranch

In today’s world, many courses are looking for players to fill their facilities. Many facilities implement junior golf programs to create junior golfers to secure the future of the industry.

Who Is Considered A Junior Golfer?

As soon as a child is ready and wants to participate in junior golf, they would be considered a junior golfer.

In the US, one would be considered a junior player until they were the age of 18 or once graduated from high school.

However, as a parent, what do you need to know to best help your child?

Setting Junior Golf Goals

Junior Golf Programs SarasotaWe all have heard the “need goals” speech, so I am not going to beat that dead horse. If you still have a young child or one that simply wants to play to spend time with friends or family, just let them play. If they are really into the game, you can look for homeschool or after-school golf programs in your area.

Junior Golf Programs For Younger Kids

I am often asked, “What age to start golf lessons?” In my junior golf program, the child makes the decision when they are ready. If they are younger, it is not just standing on the lesson tee receiving instruction. At a younger age, we really work on skill development and that make includes playing games that involve moves from other sports.

For younger kids, many kid-friendly courses and instructors offer free golf classes. These beginner lessons are usually very basic and cover the fundamentals.

Junior Golf Programs For Older Kids

Once your child reaches junior high or high school, many players want to attempt to make a team. At this point, you will need to do some research into more serious junior golf programs. This will be particularly true if your child decides they want to play in junior golf tournaments.

There are associations such as the Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association that administer tournaments for all levels of players. Once they compete regularly in those fields, they could then progress up to and through US Kids, American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) and eventually the United States Golf Association (USGA) junior golf tournaments.

As your child becomes more and more competitive, their golf practice program could include summer camps for high school students. Like most things, the pricing of the best camps, like Nike Camps, can be pricey but a great learning experience. You will earn as you start to do your research, the golf school curriculum will vary as much as the pricing.

Your young golfer may even consider online golf training for kids. At their age, they are very used to learning through that type of medium and it allows them access to coaches all over the world. There are plenty of how-to videos on YouTube but… buyer beware. It is best to find an instructor and theory that you like and stick with it.

What Other Golfers Are Saying...

Joseph Jusko
Joseph Jusko
December 10, 2021.
Verified
Before taking lessons from Brad I had a tough time breaking 100 even though I was a 15 handicap two years earlier. I was so frustrated with my game that I almost gave up golf altogether. After just four lessons (and lots of practice) I am striking the ball better than in my entire life!! His calm, measured approach was a perfect match to my personality. There was no magic formula but rather a return to the fundamentals of a solid golf swing which I am building day by day. Golf is fun again! I look forward to continuing my lessons with Brad and becoming the golfer I always dreamed of being.
Michael Gonzales
Michael Gonzales
December 1, 2021.
Verified
I have been playing golf for a long time and decided to take a few lessons with Brad. I had not been hitting the ball that well and after just the first lesson with Brad I saw improvement. I played a few days following the first lesson and hit my drives better than I had been for several years. Brad has a way of fine tuning simple things that bring improvement. He is very good at making the adjustments simple and with practice, repeatable. Looking forward to several mor sessions with Brad. Thanks Brad!!!!
Robert Johnson Jr
Robert Johnson Jr
November 27, 2021.
Verified
I started taking lessons from Brad back in April. My game was so so. Middle 80s most of the time. After 3 lessons and a lot of time practicing my game is now 78-80. He showed me how to improve my golf swing with confidence!! I would highly recommend Brad for future reference!! Thank you Brad!! Bob "bobbyj" Johnson
Juliana Lima
Juliana Lima
November 22, 2021.
Verified
My first experience with Brad was when I signed up for his golf lessons offered through the Suncoast Technical College. I was impressed with his knowledge and excellent teaching skills. After finishing my group lessons I was able to start playing. He helped immensely. I then attended few of his clinics and signed up for private lessons. What a huge difference it made! He helped with some adjustments that improved my overall distance. The biggest difference was the improvement I saw with my drive. I had better distance and accuracy which in turn helped me with my confidence. If you are a beginner or an experienced golfer, I highly recommend Brad.
Barbara Beam
Barbara Beam
November 14, 2021.
Verified
I recently had a lesson with Brad and it was time well spent. It was also obvious that he not only knows a lot about golf, he knows just as much about teaching golf. That to me, is of paramount importance if I'm the student! He gave me different ways to practice the skills we worked on and didn't overwhelm me with too many things to remember. Brad is also a really nice guy. I had never met him and was a bit nervous at first. He was kind, encouraging, and quickly made me feel more comfortable. I highly recommend him and won't be taking lessons from anyone else.
Bluewater Gear
Bluewater Gear
November 9, 2021.
Verified
I have seen Brad only a few times thus far, and already, he has helped me cut a ton of strokes from my golf game. And just last week, I shot my best round to date. I highly recommend seeing Brad if you wish to improve your golf game.
Justin Phillips
Justin Phillips
November 6, 2021.
Verified
If you want to play better golf, go see Brad! Before taking lessons from him, I truly did not understand my swing and specifically what to do when it was off. Last week, I started a round well enough but and at the ninth and tenth hole, I lost my swing. Instead of getting frustrated, I was able to refocus on Brad's had been teaching me and turned my round around and finished strong. Even the guys I was playing with noticed the difference. I have seen great improvement and more enjoyment in my game thanks to Brad. He is a great teacher and coach!
Erik Smith
Erik Smith
November 5, 2021.
Verified
I attended Brad’s putting clinic and thoroughly enjoyed it! He was very detailed and concise with his directions and made it easy to understand the drills we were working on. Each drill tested different aspects of the putting stroke that has helped me shave strokes off my game! Brad was great to be around and extremely helpful!
Dan Woldhuis
Dan Woldhuis
October 25, 2021.
Verified
Brad is an excellent golf instructor, he helped me understand the basic concepts of the golf swing. Brad gave me drills that I can go back to when my old habits start creeping back into my golf swing. Easy to talk to and made practice enjoyable
Alan Funk
Alan Funk
October 15, 2021.
Verified
Brad offered very constructive and useful suggestions in a really concise, simple manner. He was helpful and on point with what I needed to do to hit my driver better.

Junior Golf Programs or Kids Private Instruction

Golf classes for children or private instruction for kids is another topic that I often get questioned about.

Which is best? Both have their merit and many coaches offer both types of instruction. Many times it comes down to the pocket book.

It stands to reason; the group training is less expensive than one on one instruction. However, make sure your child is being challenged in the group training and not just hanging out with his/her friends.

As a parent, what should the junior golf lesson plans or clinic lesson plans look like? Over time the activity ideas should include but are not limited to…

* Rules of Golf

* Swing Fundamentals

* Course Management

* Personal Confidence & Advancement

Credentials of Coaches And Junior Golf Programs

As you are selecting a junior golf program or a golf school curriculum for your child, you will want to make sure that the instructors are qualified to coach.

Some of the qualifications that you will want to look for include but are not limited to…

TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) –

TPI Golf SarasotaThese golf coaches come as Level 1, 2 or 3. TPI golf programs take into consideration the age, maturity as well as their physical attributes to help build a proper swing that will be functional but is not as apt to cause injury.

US Kids Golf –

US Kids Golf Coach SarasotaThese certified coaches are trained not only how to properly club fit kids but also how to teach and keep the game fun. Each student is given a golf instruction booklet that starts with the fundamentals and progresses in difficulty as the student improves.

The US Kids clubs are highly recommended as they are properly weighted specifically for kids. Cutting down an adult club is cheaper but much heavier for the child and can lead to bad habits and even injury.

With this information, you should be able to find good junior golf programs for your child.

If you have any questions about programs involving Sarasota Junior Golf, feel free to contact us via phone at 832-515-7625 or via email at [email protected].

Through our junior golf lessons, we would love to introduce your child to the game or help them reach their golfing goals!

If you are wondering how can I find the best junior program near me, here is another article we wrote about finding the best coach in your area... Click here

The Ball Flight Academy has had students from Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, Northport, Laurel, Northport, St. Petersburg, Ruskin, Parrish, Nokomis, The Meadows, Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Englewood, Osprey, Tampa, and all over Florida.

Here Is What Other Golfers Are Saying...

Joseph Jusko
Joseph Jusko
December 10, 2021.
Verified
Before taking lessons from Brad I had a tough time breaking 100 even though I was a 15 handicap two years earlier. I was so frustrated with my game that I almost gave up golf altogether. After just four lessons (and lots of practice) I am striking the ball better than in my entire life!! His calm, measured approach was a perfect match to my personality. There was no magic formula but rather a return to the fundamentals of a solid golf swing which I am building day by day. Golf is fun again! I look forward to continuing my lessons with Brad and becoming the golfer I always dreamed of being.
Michael Gonzales
Michael Gonzales
December 1, 2021.
Verified
I have been playing golf for a long time and decided to take a few lessons with Brad. I had not been hitting the ball that well and after just the first lesson with Brad I saw improvement. I played a few days following the first lesson and hit my drives better than I had been for several years. Brad has a way of fine tuning simple things that bring improvement. He is very good at making the adjustments simple and with practice, repeatable. Looking forward to several mor sessions with Brad. Thanks Brad!!!!
Robert Johnson Jr
Robert Johnson Jr
November 27, 2021.
Verified
I started taking lessons from Brad back in April. My game was so so. Middle 80s most of the time. After 3 lessons and a lot of time practicing my game is now 78-80. He showed me how to improve my golf swing with confidence!! I would highly recommend Brad for future reference!! Thank you Brad!! Bob "bobbyj" Johnson
Juliana Lima
Juliana Lima
November 22, 2021.
Verified
My first experience with Brad was when I signed up for his golf lessons offered through the Suncoast Technical College. I was impressed with his knowledge and excellent teaching skills. After finishing my group lessons I was able to start playing. He helped immensely. I then attended few of his clinics and signed up for private lessons. What a huge difference it made! He helped with some adjustments that improved my overall distance. The biggest difference was the improvement I saw with my drive. I had better distance and accuracy which in turn helped me with my confidence. If you are a beginner or an experienced golfer, I highly recommend Brad.
Barbara Beam
Barbara Beam
November 14, 2021.
Verified
I recently had a lesson with Brad and it was time well spent. It was also obvious that he not only knows a lot about golf, he knows just as much about teaching golf. That to me, is of paramount importance if I'm the student! He gave me different ways to practice the skills we worked on and didn't overwhelm me with too many things to remember. Brad is also a really nice guy. I had never met him and was a bit nervous at first. He was kind, encouraging, and quickly made me feel more comfortable. I highly recommend him and won't be taking lessons from anyone else.
Bluewater Gear
Bluewater Gear
November 9, 2021.
Verified
I have seen Brad only a few times thus far, and already, he has helped me cut a ton of strokes from my golf game. And just last week, I shot my best round to date. I highly recommend seeing Brad if you wish to improve your golf game.
Justin Phillips
Justin Phillips
November 6, 2021.
Verified
If you want to play better golf, go see Brad! Before taking lessons from him, I truly did not understand my swing and specifically what to do when it was off. Last week, I started a round well enough but and at the ninth and tenth hole, I lost my swing. Instead of getting frustrated, I was able to refocus on Brad's had been teaching me and turned my round around and finished strong. Even the guys I was playing with noticed the difference. I have seen great improvement and more enjoyment in my game thanks to Brad. He is a great teacher and coach!
Erik Smith
Erik Smith
November 5, 2021.
Verified
I attended Brad’s putting clinic and thoroughly enjoyed it! He was very detailed and concise with his directions and made it easy to understand the drills we were working on. Each drill tested different aspects of the putting stroke that has helped me shave strokes off my game! Brad was great to be around and extremely helpful!
Dan Woldhuis
Dan Woldhuis
October 25, 2021.
Verified
Brad is an excellent golf instructor, he helped me understand the basic concepts of the golf swing. Brad gave me drills that I can go back to when my old habits start creeping back into my golf swing. Easy to talk to and made practice enjoyable
Alan Funk
Alan Funk
October 15, 2021.
Verified
Brad offered very constructive and useful suggestions in a really concise, simple manner. He was helpful and on point with what I needed to do to hit my driver better.

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