Our thoughts for the day were to keep girls moving as we were head-on into a 30 mph Siberian wind! We started by giving the girls a full choice of clubs on the range but the balls were placed behind a fence 20 yards away – this made sure everyone stayed warm and also focused them on having to stop, think and control their breathing for the next shot.
We then went up to chipping and asked girls to hit between six different fence posts 10, 15, 20 and 30 yards away, girls were given the choice of scoring and constantly changing distance and direction.
Then off to the bunker for three different height bunker shots, some baseball action and some tennis with left handed clubs.
The girls engaged brilliantly from start to finish and spent the full 90 minutes outside with no mention of the cold conditions. I think this is a great example of setting a task based learning environment for children and then just letting them discover, explore and communicate with each other.
There is a time and a place for changing grips and swings but youngsters often just want to PLAY but the learning is ALWAYS there. Well done girls!
Nevil Perryman-Best PGA Professional
Director of Teaching, JOLF Coach, County Girls Coach
Cuckfield Golf Centre