The Junior Champions Academy of Golf adheres to the Long-term Athletic Development (LTAD) model, which will be incorporated into every program at the Academy. The LTAD model provides guidelines for the preparation of athletes starting from a very young age all the way up to elite competition. We feel that the stronger the athlete, the better golfer they will become.
There are critical periods in the life of a child where the effects of training can by maximized. The Junior Champions Academy will focus on these areas both in golf and athletic development to give our Champions the best opportunity for success.
Learning a motor skill does not happen immediately. For example, becoming a great pianist happens over a period of time; golf is no different. Many experts believe that it takes a minimum of 10 years and at least 10,000 hours of training for an athlete to reach elite levels. In golf the numbers are actually higher! Most studies suggest that golf is closer to a 20-year developmental sport. The LTAD chart here symbolizes the lifetime progression of an athlete ranging from Active Start (4 year old trying to learn to skip) to Excel (Rory McIlroy winning the United States Open).