The philosophy of the Rob Noel Golf Academy - Junior Champions Academy of Golf starts with student engagement in the development process. To accomplish this we must train our students in a fun, ever-changing environment so that students will be actively participating and improvement will be accelerated. This is the most important element of any extracurricular activity. Although golf is an individual sport, we feel that learning the game in a group setting (especially at a younger age) can be beneficial for both social and developmental reasons. Therefore, all of our core programs are taught in a group setting. The Junior Champions Academy of Golf uses the Long-Term Athletic Development model to "Build our Future Champions." Long-Term Athletic Development ("LTAD") was developed by Hungarian Sports Scientist Istvan Balyi and focuses on having kids perform age-appropriate skill acquisition drills to maximize athletic performance.
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.