Nick Kumpis with a student

ver the years, I have had the joy of working with junior golfers ranging in age from four years to high schoolers moving into college competition. I have had the privilege of helping my juniors develop into high school varsity players, become team captains, high school medalists, SCPGA event winners, and competitors in the AJGA (top level junior golf tournaments).

Regardless of age or ability, my philosophy for junior golfers centers on two principles: athletic development and fun competition. I never hesitate to encourage my juniors to play other sports to develop fundamentals such as hand eye coordination, balance, stamina, speed and agility – the basis of a solid golf swing, and overall game, really. Many look to Tiger Woods and his laser-like focus on golf, but that’s just one example. On the other hand, Jack Nicklaus in his youth competed successfully in high school basketball, baseball, tennis, football and track & field.

I encourage “playing” the “game” of golf – let’s not forget it’s supposed to be fun! I always incorporate fun drills and age-appropriate competitions into lessons and camps. When my kids are having fun, learning comes without effort.