The First Tee of Fort Worth

Lesson Plan

Class/Week:   Player 1 Week 1        Coach:

Grid Locations: Putt/Chip/Range            Core Lesson:  #1, Welcome and Showing Respect, The First Tee Code of Conduct,  Meeting and Greeting

Core Values:  Respect- Respect yourself, others and your surroundings.  This is The First Tee Code of Conduct.

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): Safety – Physical safety includes playing in a safe environment and playing by the rules.  Players protect their body with proper equipment, warm up, cool down, and by wearing sunscreen and staying hydrated.  Players follow instructions and learn that safety is very important in golf and all sports.  Safety is respecting yourself and others.

Before Class Starts:  Welcome participants, shake hands and introduce yourself.  Make sure to explain Safety description above and go over the First tee code of conduct.  These are the rules for our classes.

Warm Up Activities:  Strength - Jumping Jacks (20)  Flexibility and Mobility - Over and Under with ball (need two big balls) in two groups (relay) and side to side Object Control -Tossing Tennis balls different distances. Length of motion and energy.  Agility and Coordination - Pick the balls up quickly as a group.  

Flow of Class:  Point out the green, fairway, rough, teeing grounds, bunkers, out-of-bounds, describe through the green, make sure all learn how to treat the putting green (no running, twisting feet, stepping on hole)

Life Skill Objectives: Welcome and Showing Respect – players will learn The First Tee Code of Conduct (respect yourself, others and your surroundings).  Players show respect by following instructions and safety rules.  Etiquette on green – always walk, don’t run.  Players show respect for others by being still and quiet while others are playing.  Players show respect for their surrounding by taking care of the golf course.  

Golf Skill Objectives and Factors of Influence:  Distance Response / Size or length of motion.  Players will learn the Y-Putt-Y and Y-Chip-Y techniques for putting and chipping.

Golf Skill Activities:  Putting – 7 Game (Closest to hole gets a point, 2 points for ace, play to 7)  Chipping - leap frog chipping (players try to chip from closest to furthest zones, then back to closest zone.  Range – Football golf  All these games are designed to specifically work on distance control.  Experiment with small, medium and larger swings with varied amounts of energy to control how far the ball will travel.  

Etiquette, Definitions, Rules: Etiquette - SAFETY(healthy habit)  What the rules say about Safety.  Players should ensure that no one is standing close by or in a position to be hit by the club, the ball or any stones, pebbles, twigs or the like when they make a stroke or practice swing.  Players should not play until the players in front are out of range.  Players should always alert greenstaff nearby or ahead when they are about to make a stroke that might endanger them.  If a player plays a ball in a direction where there is a danger or hitting someone, he should immediately shot a warning.  The traditional word of warning in such situations is “fore.’ 

Wrap Up and Bridge to Life: How did you see Respect during class today?  What is the Code of conduct?  How do you respect yourself, others, and surroundings?  What is a way to control distance while putting? While chipping?  How are you going to show respect at home and school?

Prepare to test:  Showing respect for what is around you means you should be careful not to break anything that belongs to others?  Will warming up before activities help your body stay safer from injury?  Does playing by the rules help keep you safe when playing golf?  Does dressing neatly in golf clothes when at the golf course show respect for yourself?  You should yell “FORE” if you hit your ball towards another group of people?  Before you swing, you should check the spaces to the front, sides, and behind?  Does wearing a hat or visor and applying sunscreen help to protect your skin from the sun?