The First Tee of Fort Worth

Lesson Plan

Class/Week:   Player Week 6                Coach:

Grid Locations: Putt/Chip/Range   Core Lesson:  #7, Using Good Judgment

Core Values:  Judgment-to make a decision or form an opinion; a decision reached after consideration.  

SAFETY RULES AND SAFETY PROTOCOL:

PLAYERS ARE INSTRUCTED TO NEVER TAKE A PRACTICE SWING UNLESS THEY ARE IN A HITTING AREA AND IT IS THEIR TURN TO SWING. PLAYERS ARE INSTRUCTED TO ALWAYS STAND IN SAFETY ZONES WHEN WAITING FOR THEIR TURN TO PLAY. WHEN PLAYING ON THE COURSE, PLAYERS ARE INSTRUCTED TO ALWAYS STAND BEHIND AND TO THE RIGHT OF THE TEEING AREA AND ANOTHER PLAYER OR GROUP OF PLAYERS.                                       

Healthy Habit(s): Energy-It is important to understand and make healthy choices about when to eat, how much to eat, and the types of food and drinks to provide the body with the most useful energy. 

Warm Up Activities:  Balance- on hillside balance doing yoga type poses Strength- lunge hops Flexibility & Mobility-lunge hops have arms straight up and out.   Agility & Coordination- See how many times they can bounce a snag ball on the snag wedge face. Object Control-Putt with a snag ball and roller on a hillside and figure out how much break to play.  Create gates with cones and try to get the ball to end up in a hoop.

Core Value Objectives: Using Good Judgment- Players will be able to model and demonstrate good judgment while playing golf, at home, and school.  Using good judgment in golf is a key point in determining what type of shot to attempt to hit to get the best result.

Life Skill Objective: Understanding why it is important to make good judgments.  On the course a bad judgment may lead to a penalty or poor shot but in life a bad judgment could lead to hurt and bad feelings.

Golf Skill Objectives and Factors of Influence:  Get Ready to Swing / Hold, Set-up, Aim & Alignment.  Reinforce aiming feet and clubface at the intended target.  Reinforce standing correct distance from the ball (one hand between butt of club and body)

Golf Skill Activities:  Football Pitching (in books for Judgment) May want to have them use tees to help get the ball up in the air.    6 hole putting course. Have the players go around playing 6 holes and keeping score for each hole and writing it down on their own scorecard.  Then, write down the score they most from each hole on line 4, what is their personal par for putting?  Setup should be tough and challenging.  I would have them play more than 3 times if possible as they are figuring out personal par for putting.

Etiquette, Definitions, Rules: On the putting green/players responsibilities.  Rule 6-1,5,6,7- Player is responsible for knowing rules, responsible for playing proper ball, responsible for keeping score, responsible for keeping pace.  Rule 7-2-Player must not practice during round, except match play   Rule 10-2:  Who starts a hole first?

Wrap Up and Bridge to Life: What does Judgment mean?  How can you demonstrate or show Judgment on the golf course?  How does a PLAYer “get ready to swing?  How did you demonstrate The First Tee Code of Conduct while you played?  What is Personal Par and why is it important that we have this as a life skill?

Prepare to test: What is a score of 1 over par called?  1 under? 2 under? When are you allowed to mark, lift and clean your golf ball while playing a hole?  How do you know who should be the next player to hit while playing after the tee shots have been hit?  What core values are you using when you check the areas around you to make sure it is safe before you hit?