Golf e Book Review – Golf Training for Juniors


The current Masters champion – and world number two golfer – is 21 years old. And Jordan Spieth is far from the only young golfer to make huge waves on the professional circuit at a tender age. With the obvious example of Tiger Woods aside, now seasoned vets like Sergio Garcia, and on the ladies side Michelle Wie, made the leap from junior golfer to pro at very early ages putting the pressure (fairly or not) on today’s junior golfers to follow in their footsteps.

Therefore it only really makes sense that an e book system like Golf Training for Juniors exists. Geared to the junior golfer aged 13 to 18 years – and their coaches and parents – it claims to offer a comprehensive guide for improving every aspect of a junior golfer’s game.

What Golf Training for Juniors Offers

Golf Training for Juniors was written and compiled by Stephen Ladd, a TPI certified golf fitness coach who works with both juniors and adults. The book, and the accompanying extras, sets out to assist junior golfers with their mental game as well as their physical one , an aspect of the junior golf game that is admittedly often rather overlooked by both the players themselves and the adults guiding them.

The book covers both basic conditioning and physical strength and mobility training, diet and nutrition and offers an additional section, written by golf ‘mental game’ trainer Jeff Troesch on the specific mental issues affecting young golfers.

Is Golf Training for Juniors Worth the Investment?

To some it may seem like overkill that a book like this exists at all. Does a 13 year old golfer really need to follow a specific diet and exercise plan, or be working their way through mental preparedness exercises at this stage of their lives. Shouldn’t they just be concentrating on the mechanics of their game as well as actually enjoying learning how to play? Maybe in an ideal world the answer would be yes but in an environment that is becoming increasingly competitive – as is the case in all sports – for a junior hoping to move beyond their high school golf team at some point then yes, a resource like this one may indeed prove rather helpful.

It should be noted that the book is not specifically geared towards the juniors themselves alone, it is designed to be read – and utilized – by the junior golfer and parents alike. A large part of the book is devoted to dispelling and correcting myths about junior golf training and pointing out the differences, some obvious, some a little more subtle, that have to be kept in mind when dealing with junior golfers versus their adult counterparts.

And it is here that Golf Training for Juniors may offer the greatest value. there are a huge number of golf training aids, books, apps and other assorted offerings out there that offer ways to improve a golfer’s game, whether they are casual golfers or far more serious about the game on a competitive level. And they offer all kinds of diet and exercise plans, swing tips, putting tips, mental exercises and more . But they are written for the most part with grown up golfers in mind and simply having Junior share Dad’s assorted golf aids may not always be the best idea.

Take nutrition for example. The 30 year old golfer stopped growing and developing years ago, the 13 year old golfer did not. Some of the nutrition advice offered for adults that is actually quite sound for them is completely inappropriate for a growing teen and could do them more harm than good. The fact that Golf Training for Juniors is written specifically for them, and does take both a kid’s nutritional needs and their general peer influenced eating habits (Monster Energy drinks, junk food) into account is definitely a plus.

The chapters addressing the mental side of the junior golf game could prove especially helpful to many as well. There is an awful lot of pressure on a talented junior golfer, more so than the adults around them often realize. With lucrative college scholarships on the line, as well as glory in increasingly hotly contested tournaments the mental pressures brought to bear on a junior golfer can be torturous, and in some cases enough to put them off the game for life. Jeff Troesch’s sections on how to address and deal with all of this are clear, concise and common sense, a welcome addition to what is a rather complete guide.

Golf Training for Juniors sells for $47 and includes additional follow up email coaching from the author. As parents of a junior golfer almost certainly spend twice that on a new pair of golf shoes for their budding golf protégé(e) then it’s not a huge investment to make and one that might prove more useful than another pair of Nikes anyway.

To learn more and to purchase ‘Golf for Juniors’ by Stephen Ladd follow this link