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‘Unleash your Drive’ ready to help youngsters on and off the course

17 May 19

PGA Professionals with an interest in working with children and young people are being encouraged to get involved with 'Unleash your Drive', a new programme for young people which has a particular focus on developing life skills through golf.

Following a highly successful pilot project, which was developed by a group of junior focused PGA Professionals, and measured significant improvements in the confidence, commitment and overall mental toughness of the young golfers involved, the Golf Foundation is now rolling out programme to all PGA Professionals who wish to inspire young players both on and off the course.

PGA Members can now book onto one of seven coaching workshops in England to experience the ‘Unleash your Drive’ programme for themselves (25 PGA CPD points available for attendance).

The national charity recently revealed some exciting results of a research project measuring the impact of the new coaching programme for 11-16 year olds. In 10 weeks, every youngster taking part in the pilot projects showed a statistically significant improvement in Mental Toughness which evaluates Confidence, Commitment, Challenge and Control. Furthermore, all the participants used the techniques they had learnt in their golf lessons to better address challenges in everyday life; at school, in exams and at home.

Unleash your Drive, devised in collaboration with Mindset experts Yeast Ltd and a group of PGA Professionals, teaches techniques such as breathing and visualisation alongside traditional golf skills. Participants were assessed at the beginning and end of the programme using a standard Mental Toughness test (MTQ48) which measures how people respond when faced with stressors, pressure and challenge. 

Wider research in this area shows that mental toughness has a positive impact upon wider areas of life such as exams, behaviour (lower anti-social behaviour), employability and emotional wellbeing.

Tom Hide, PGA Professional at Coastal Golf Academy at Frinton Golf Club, said: “The programme has completely changed the way I coach but it has also had a huge impact on my life. I’ve been really impressed by the changes I’ve seen in the children and their parents are as committed to the programme as we are.”

The ‘Unleash your Drive’ workshops will take place at seven venues:

  • The Belfry, West Midlands (May 24)
  • Ramsdale Park Golf Club, Nottingham (June 4)
  • Addington Court Golf Centre, Croydon (June 6)
  • Essendon Country Club in Hertfordshire (June 12)
  • Prairie Sports Village in Burnley (June 18)
  • Garforth GC in North Yorkshire (June 26)
  • Exeter Golf and Country Club (June 27).

To book a place on an Unleash your Drive workshop, click here.

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