College Coaches Want to Know...

College Coaches Want to Know...

Posted on February 02, 2017
College Coaches Want to KnowÖ
By Trent Wearner of the Trent Wearner Golf Academy

I have the pleasure of speaking with numerous college coaches throughout each year.† They ask me questions about students of mine that theyíre recruiting and I ask them some questions as well.

Coaches Ask Me:
  • They want to know what the studentís character, personality, and demeanor are like as they donít want conflicting or poor attitudes on their golf team.
  • They want to know what their family is like because they donít want to have to babysit the parents for four years.
  • They want to know what weíre working on in the studentís game and how long Iíve worked with the recruit.
  • They sometimes ask if I know what field of study the recruit is most interested in.
  • Usually also ask what other schools the student is interested in so that they can try to better interest you to come to their school over other schools

Frankly, thatís usually it.† They already know what scores youíre shooting and with that they feel as though those scores fit into their program.†

I ask the coaches information about their coaching style, other players on the team, and more.† But I always ask, in general, what skills do they see lacking when players come to them as incoming freshman?† The overwhelming top three answers are always short game/wedges, putting, and game management.†

Those arenít surprising really, as most people focus on full swing and need to early on because if you canít move the ball from Point A to Point B then youíll get passed by rather quickly.† But a good junior coaching program should involve all areas of the game that encompass short game, playing lessons, competitive practice situations, lots of putting and of course the full swing too.† The golfer who is well-rounded is more appealing to a coach and appealing to more coaches.† So get out there and practice it all.† Have a plan for improvement and a clear direction of what you should be working on for each area of your game.†

Thereís A Place For You!

Over the past few years I have done some easy research on golf programsí scores and how they stack up to other divisions.† The following is an example of that.† In Division 1 there are about 300 schools that have a golf program.† The example below shows the 100th ranked program in the country and the scoring average for their #1 Player and #5 Player.

††††††††††† 100th Ranked Division ! Program
††††††††††††††††††††††† Mensís Golf
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #1 Player Average Score:† 71.59
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #5 Player Average Score:† 77.00
††††††††††††††††††††††† Womenís Golf
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #1 Player Average Score:† 72.50
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #5 Player Average Score:† 79.25

The next example is a Division 2 program which is ranked 50th in the country.

††††††††††† 50th Ranked Division 2 Program
††††††††††††††††††††††† †
††††††††††††††††††††††† Mensís Golf
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #1 Player Average Score:† 72.73
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #5 Player Average Score:† 75.67
††††††††††††††††††††††† Womenís Golf
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #1 Player Average Score:† 77.82
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #5 Player Average Score:† 78.78

And the last example is a Division 3 program which is ranked 25th in the country.

††††††††††† 25th Ranked Division 3 Program
††††††††††††††††††††††† †
††††††††††††††††††††††† Mensís Golf
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #1 Player Average Score:† 73.44
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #5 Player Average Score:† 78.29
††††††††††††††††††††††† Womenís Golf
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #1 Player Average Score:† 78.5
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #5 Player Average Score:† 83.5

There are a number of things you can take away from this but one of them is that there is overlap.† Some of the better D3 and D2 programs are better that some of the middle-of-the-pack D1 programs.† This just means that thereís a place for you and there are LOTS of options to explore so donít have your heart set on only one school!† Investigate all options around the country even if it isnít in the ideal climate.† A great coach, wonderful teammates, and a school that fits your academic desires with beneficial class sizes will make for wonderful, long-lasting memories.†

You donít want to go somewhere and never get the chance to play.† You just have to do your homework and knock on a bunch of doors.† Is there some leg work involved?† Yes!† But youíll thank yourself for doing it.†

About the Author:
Trent Wearner is rated the #1 Teacher in Colorado as voted by his peers and published by Golf Digest.† He is a two-time Colorado PGA Teacher of the Year and a recipient of the Colorado PGA Player Development Award.† He also authored a popular practice book titled Golf Scrimmages which just about every college golf program in the country owns.