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Coaching Report from Mark Ralphs, WUGC Junior Organiser & Coaching Officer

Winter coaching for our three Junior squads is well under way. It is important to say that this coaching in no way impinges upon the coaching given by any of the boys personal coaches - the coaching we give is an enhancement to that 1:1 coaching.

Under the tutelage of head coach Graham Farr, and assisted by team managers Ian Henry and Tom Warbrick, the boys have already had some indoor sessions involving swing checks with Graham, and a full physical assessment with Paul Darby.

Outdoor sessions, in less than favourable conditions, have seen the boys focusing upon distance control - essentially from 100 yards in. The first set of test results generally left some room for improvement, but the boys went away to their clubs, practised effectively, and turned in far better results when the same tests were  completed for a second time. It is vital that the Boys realise how important it is to be accurate when approaching the Green.

The boys have also had sessions working both on the green and from just off the green. Results have been encouraging.

As we all know, the weather over the past few weeks has varied between cold and very cold, and it would have been easy for the boys to stay in bed at home, rather than venture out to the coaching sessions. However, I am delighted to report that we have had 95% attendance, which is brilliant, and I know that the boys have bought into the sessions. 

Our thoughts turn to half term next, and the boys will all be coached "on course"' either at Worcester G&CC (U18 and U14) or at Kidderminster GC (U16) -  my thanks to both clubs for allowing us the use of your facilities. These sessions will be all day (exact details to follow), and will cover Pre-Round Preparation, Course Management, Match Play Tactics and Post Round Analysis. We hope for some warmer weather, but whatever is thrown at the boys, I know that they will work hard to bring success to both themselves and our Junior County teams.

Mark Ralphs
County Junior

23rd January 2015

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