Tiny Tees Golf puts clubbers on a path to a life of birdies and pars with private and group golf instruction tailored specifically to children. During lessons, which are available in 6 levels based on experience, the team of instructors introduce wee duffers proper course etiquette, teach full swing, pitching, and putting mechanics, and focus on overall coordination while having fun.
Golf isn't like a lot of other sports. While youngsters can easily head to the playground to shoot baskets, toss a football, or chase birds, expenses associated with golf equipment, greens fees, and travel prevent many from ever taking up the game.
Better Golf for Kids doesn't think it has to be this way. The organization and its army of nationally recognized instructors remove all of these barriers when they show up at elementary schools, parks, and public courses across the country, ready to acquaint children with the great fitness- and discipline-building game. Teachers bring mats, clubs, balls, and tees?everything a young player would need?to after-school and summer camp programs, and set about teaching good golf swings and breeding a passion for physical activity. In the 20 years since it was founded, thousands of youngsters have enrolled in the year-round program, enriching young lives while expanding the game to new generations.
Rated by Rankmark as among the best wedges for both high and low handicaps in a 2004 test, TG 02 Spin Action wedges utilize a novel design and USGA-non-conforming square grooves to help golfers swing their way out of tight spots. Both the chrome wedge, forged from carbon steel with a cobalt finish, and the copper wedge, comprised of beryllium copper, provide users with excellent feel and control. Both clubs are available for right- and left-handed golfers, and both feature the option of either a steel or graphite shaft.
A PGA-certified golf instructor since 2001, Mark Boselo teaches birdie-hunting skills to golfers across the handicap spectrum. After a stint as the head professional at the former Pacific Golf and Country Club in San Clemente, Mark joined the teaching staff at Costa Mesa Country Club, where he coaches at a practice facility that includes a lighted driving range with both grass tees and artificial hitting mats, two putting greens, a chipping and pitching green, and secluded space for lessons.
When one of Frank Larkin’s golf students shanks a ball during a lesson, the Gold Coast Golf Academy instructor quickly assures them that the bad shot was not their fault. It was his. A PGA-certified pro with experience at the high-school, collegiate, and professional mini-tour levels, Frank understands that trial and error is all part of the learning process. He also believes that a successful golf swing requires a clear mind free of frustration. As golfers learn new concepts—Frank points out swing flaws using video motion analysis—they will inevitably become preoccupied with the lesson at hand and whether their clubs are conspiring against them. Therefore, during lessons, Frank is steadfast and patient, encouraging golfers to find what works best for them at the range, on the practice green, and on the course.
The course at David L. Baker Memorial Golf Center doesn't have any par 5s. Its longest par 4 is just 315 yards. But the par 62 course does feature water on 10 of its 18 holes, including a tricky balancing act on the par 3 third hole. Here, players must lift their shots high above an isthmus created by two lakes that run from either side all the way to the green 114 yards away. The potential for big payoffs abound throughout the course, but not without taking on significant risk. Once the sun goes down, overhead lights come up and players can continue their rounds well into the evening hours without exposing their golf balls to the risk of sunburn.