“We are live at the 18th green at Augusta National Golf Club and If this putt goes, they will be slipping on the Green Jacket…”

Let’s face it, if you are a golfer, in any form or fashion, you have played this scenario out at your home course, the local mini-golf track or even on your hardwood floor in your living room, numerous times.

In recent years, Augusta National decided it wasn’t enough to afford only the best male players in the world that opportunity each April. In 2013, boys and girls ages 7-15, through the Drive, Chip and Putt initiative were given the opportunity to roll one in on 18 at Augusta on the weekend. In 2019, with the introduction of the Augusta National Woman’s Amateur, the game’s best female amateurs were given this same opportunity on the hallowed grounds of Augusta National Golf Club.

Now, the question I pose to each of you — Does your putting stroke have what it takes to roll one in under the same pressure those at Augusta will feel over the next week?

With my students, I sometimes use acronyms to help instill concepts or drive thoughts home. In honor of the return of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, or ANWA for short, I would like to play off that ANWA acronym to help you become a better putter…especially under pressure…

Aim

Natural

Watch

Attitude

Aim

Your aim is a critical pre-stroke concept. The problem I see with many golfers however is what they are aiming at. Far too many become fixated with hole and nothing else. In most cases, we are rarely hitting a dead straight putt. That fact will never be more evident than what we will see over the next 9 days at Augusta National. To be a great putter, you must learn to become a great green reader. The best putters learn to focus on the apex point on their intended line to the hole. When you can learn to focus on that point in your putt, the one that is the highest point of the break, you are well on your way to becoming a better putter.

Natural

We often hear from players on the PGA or LPGA Tours that they wished they felt more free or natural with their putting stokes. While technique is important in putting, namely set-up, path and tempo, many golfers become crippled by those concepts. What suffers is the ability to have a free-flowing stroke where the club-head can freely release. When you practice your putting, and while keeping key concepts like set-up, and path in mind, try to make that final thought one of making a free released and flowing stroke toward your intended target.

Watch

There are many things that the great putters do that have really nothing to do with the putter at all. A great example of this is the idea of watching approach shots land on the green and seeing how they react and roll out. This can give you a great deal of information before you even step foot on the putting surface. In addition, learning to observe the topography of the course as you walk up to the green can also aid in making you a better putter. With its rolling terrain, Augusta National is the perfect example of a course that you would want to be “eyes wide open” on as you play.

Attitude

We all know how critical the mental game is. Part of this is the attitude we keep as we play…and especially during the times we are scrambling and not at our best. Of all the aspects of the game, putting really seems to be that area where attitude is everything. It is no coincidence that the best putters in the game would be the first to tell you that they are the best. It is not because they know they are statistically at the top but more so that they genuinely believe that they are the best. Even on their worst day, they still believe they are great putters and know that putts will inevitably fall if they keep making confident strokes.

To recap…as you work on your putting in practice or as you roll the rock as you play, remember the acronym, ANWA… Aim, Natural, Watch, and Attitude. These concepts can truly help make you a better putter.

Source: Brendon Elliott, PGA

 

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Spring Specialty Camps

 

When: Monday-Thursday

Where: Wekiva – Spring Break Camp

Instructor: Linksters Squad

3/15/21-3/18/21

8:30am – 10:30am

8:30am – 12:30pm

 

When: Monday-Thursday

Where: Mount Dora – Spring Break Camp

Instructor: Linksters Squad

3/15/21-3/18/21

8:30am – 10:30am

8:30am – 12:30pm

 

 

The Linksters Specialty Camp program, designed for ages 6-13, offers “mini-camps” or “pop-up camps” throughout the year. Camps may take place during school holiday breaks, or be aimed specifically at children that are homeschooled. The camps, in general, will run for 4 consecutive days, and be staged at various times throughout the year. A great option to get kids out of the house in a safe environment that also doubles as a physical fitness requirement.

Through our continued partnership with the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation, the Little Linksters GOALS program or Golf Outreach Advances Life Skills, is pleased to now offer our program for FREE!

Our Golf Course Program will now take place once a month at both Wekiva Golf Club in Longwood, FL and Mount Dora Golf Club in Mount Dora, FL.

Wekiva Golf Club Schedule

The first Saturday of the Month from 1PM-2PM

Mount Dora Golf Club Schedule

The third Saturday of the month from 3PM-4PM

 

Clinics are 1 hour sessions, for all youth, ages 3-18, with special needs.

Each clinic will max out at 20 participants and online registration is necessary to take part.

Please note, the clinics are free but we will require a small annual membership fee of $50.

 

 

Linksters Elite Program

Let’s sharpen those skills!

The Linksters Elite program is designed for youth ages 13-18, and offers a “mini boot camp”

program aimed at kids with an intermediate to advanced skill base.

8 Week Programs | Mondays or Fridays | Two Hours of Training Per Week

 

 

Gain more on course exposure with our brand new PLAY Program powered by Operation 36!

This new program is geared towards kids that have had a little bit of exposure to the game. It is a program that is purely on the golf course and follows the Operation 36 on course Development Model.

Many times, instruction programs alone, where technique and a love of the game is formed, lacks that on course exposure that kids want. We see our new PLAY program as a bridge between our GROW and GROW+ programs and say, things like our PGA Jr. League program. Plus, it’s a lot of FUN!

 

 

 

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Grow & Grow+ Upcoming Clinics

 


GROW CLINICS

 

When: Tuesdays

Where: Mount Dora

Instructor: Ricky Collado

Winter

2/2/2021-2/23/2021

4:00 – 4:45 pm

Spring

3/16/21-5/4/21

5:00 – 5:45 pm

When: Saturdays

Where: Mount Dora

Instructor: Ricky Collado

Winter

2/6/2021-2/27/2021

4:00 – 4:45 pm

Spring

3/13/21-5/1/21

5:00 – 5:45 pm

When: Saturdays

Where: Wekiva

Instructor: Jordan Lashoones

Spring

3/13/21-5/1/21

11:00 am – 11:45 am

When: Mondays

Where: Wekiva

Instructor: Ricky Collado

Spring

3/15/21-5/3/21

5:00 – 5:45 pm

When: Tuesdays

Where: St Luke’s Lutheran School

Instructor: Jordan Lashoones

Spring

3/23/21-5/18/21

2:00 – 2:45 pm/3:20 – 4:05 pm


 

GROW+ CLINICS

 

When: Saturdays

Where: Wekiva

Instructor: Jordan Lashoones

Spring

3/13/21-5/1/21

11:00 am – 11:45 am

When: Mondays

Where: Wekiva

Instructor: Ricky Collado

Spring

3/15/21-5/3/21

6:00 – 6:45pm

When: Tuesdays

Where: Mount Dora

Instructor: Ricky Collado

Winter

2/2/2021-2/23/21

5:00 – 5:45pm

Spring

3/16/21-5/4/21

6:00 – 6:45pm

When: Saturdays

Where: Mount Dora

Instructor: Ricky Collado

Winter

2/6/2021-2/27/2021

5:00 – 5:45pm

Spring

3/13/21-5/1/21

6:00 – 6:45pm

 

 

Enroll your junior golfer in one of our Grow or Grow+ Clinics!

Each Program includes 1 lesson per week for 8 consecutive weeks*

Each golf lesson is 45 minutes

Ages for GROW: 3-8 Ages for GROW+: 9-12

Size is limited to 10 kids per age group

A minimum of 3 kids are needed to bring the program to your school

Costs for the complete program is $200 for the 8-week session**

*Some school based programs have a slightly different number of weeks in a program.

**Some school based programs have a slightly different cost per session.

 

Wanted to share my excitement about our newly budding relationship with the Mount Dora Golf Club in Mount Dora, FL. Under the direction of PGA Professional Stephen Lotz, and course GM Luke Covey, the Mount Dora Golf Club, and its Board of Directors has a dynamic plan in place for bringing a short game practice area in the short term to the course and a new driving range and learning center in the long term.

We (Little Linksters) will be moving into an indoor space at the club over the next two weeks. In this space, we will create an indoor learning center. It will include one hitting bay with a simulator/radar donated by SkyTrak, a Power Tee station, donated by Power Tee Golf, and a V1 Swing Analysis system.

Our relationship with the Mount Dora Golf Club will be a very unique and special one. Over the years, we (Little Linksters) have indeed had a few great location and host partners for providing our programming at. This relationship with Mount Dora is different however. Not only the club but community organizations have quickly embraced us and recognize the impact we can have on the community at large. Most notably, the programming we can offer to the youth of Mount Dora and Lake County but also, and very importantly, the programming we can offer from a diversity and inclusionary standpoint, which is a cornerstone of our organization. We will now, finally, have a situation that will give us a home, a true home, to provide our programming to kids of all ages, races and both boys and girls as well as youth with special needs. We will continue our already existing program at Wekiva Golf Club and the various schools we conduct them at, but now, we will have our home at Mount Dora.

Many of you have helped our organization over the past decade. This new relationship is the most substantial development Little Linksters has had since its inception in 2008. We would greatly appreciate your support in this project as we ramp up bringing the full force of our organization’s capabilities to this community.

Many of you that we have approached in previous years, around mid-year, stated that you had made your giving considerations for the year already. This is why we are reaching out early in 2021, to start that conversation earlier for those we have missed consideration from in years past. For those that have given to us over the years, we are obviously starting our fundraising earlier this year and would love for you to consider again in 2021.

Areas of focus in 2021:

  1. Program Scholarships for Special Needs Youth
  2. Program Scholarships for Minority Youth
  3. Program Scholarships for Low-Income Household Youth
  4. Program Scholarships for Young Ladies
  5. Private Lesson Scholarships for Intermediate to Advanced Youth with Household Income Constraints.
  6. Assistance with the Short Game and Putting Green area at Mount Dora Golf Club

 

We are seeking pledges in any of the areas above. Marketing benefits or having scholarships marketed in your business or organizations name are absolutely part of any giving you may consider.

If you are interested in making a pledge but doing so in another way, or doing so through the donation of products, etc. please let us know.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.


More about Mount Dora Golf Club:

Mount Dora Golf Club is a historic, member-owned golf club open to the public, located about 35 miles northwest of downtown Orlando. The course began to form in 1945, shortly after World War II when returning G.I. ‘s petitioned the city for land to build a golf course.

A second nine was added in 1959 and the clubhouse was built in the 1960s. Set on just 85 acres, the course bills itself as “The longest 5,700 yards in Florida” thanks to an abundance of water and up and downhill lies that will demand precision over power.

The Little Linksters Association for Junior Golf Development is dedicated to introducing young children to the game of golf and enriching their lives by teaching life’s positive values. Golf is truly a game for a lifetime and we aim to give children a great foundation at an early age.

In 2020-2021 we are seeking to make scholarships available for ALL children that would like to participate in any of our programming but may have some financial barrier. Boys, Girls, Black, White, Latino, or any other race, creed or color…youth with special needs, or economic challenges, no child should have a barrier to experiencing the game of a lifetime.

All proceeds support youth golf and a charity of your choice!