Archive for September 1, 2009

So Much for Early Specialization

Posted in Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training on September 1, 2009 by mboyle1959

I am a big Tiger Woods fan. Not a big golf fan but, a fan of the man who changed how everyone trains for the game of golf. However, I hate the idea that everyone believes putting a club in little Tigers hands at age three was the key. People love to point this fact out as they torture their own children with early specialization. 

Guess what? Two weeks ago  Tiger lost to an athlete who started golfing at 19. He was actually working at a driving range in South Korea. It didn’t matter that he didn’t start at age 3 or 4 or 5. Something else mattered, probably talent. Interestingly enough the Long Term Development Model currently becoming so popular in so many sports shows clearly that early specialization is actually a detriment to long term development. The folks at TPI ( the go to guys in golf fitness) are currently using a model that discourages the concept of giving clubs to three year olds. The first stage of development is actually supposed to be FUN. 

Just want to take a moment to point out that you don’t have to start in the crib to be good at something. I always tell the parents I deal with that there may be thousands of kids who hate their parents for every Tiger Woods or Maria Sharapova.