NEXT HERO JUNIOR PERFORMANCE
Next Hero Junior Performance is a program based on the concept of teaching kids as athletes first and golfers second. This program was formulated by the TPI and will help kids develop a lifelong love for the game of golf. It is a Long Term Athletic Development program that is used in many countries sports to develop junior potential.
The program consists of two main elements: 1) Golf Technical Skills and 2) Physical Skills, both of which are important in the development of a golfer. In Golf Technical Skills, we cover the basics of grip, aim, posture, swing plane, weight shift, etc. In Physical Skills, we cover motor movements and motor skills development and apply these to the golf swing.
: Every Thursdays
: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Thunder Age 5-8)
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm (Lightning Age 9-12)
: Mizuno Golf School at NSRCC Changi, Singapore
: S$650 for 13 Sessions / S$1,350 for 30 Sessions
Our philosophy is simple: Turn a child into an amazing athlete. Then turn the child into an amazing golfer.
That philosophy drives the activities at the Next Hero Junior Performance Center. But it extends farther than the notion of a philosophy. There exists a lot of anecdotal evidence supporting the philosophy.
Many of the professionals on the PGA and LPGA Tours were good and great athletes before becoming great golfers. But do not twist this message. This doesn’t mean that all great athletes will become great golfers. That is far from the truth. Michael Jordan, possibly the best basketball player ever, might not make it through Q-School. Former 16-year Major League Baseball Pitcher, Rich Rhoden, dominated the Celebrity Players Tour. Then Rhoden took his game to the Champions Tour and had a few Top 10 finishes, competing with former PGA pros. But Rhoden has neither been as dominating as he was against other non-golf athletes on the Celebrity Players Tour nor as good as he was while playing in the big leagues.
For most sports and for most things in life, it takes 10 years or 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to master something and become an expert.
Golf is a bit different.
Golf is a 20-year sport. Most “experts”—players who have won on the PGA Tour — took almost 21 years from the time they started training to win their first PGA Tour event.
Tiger Woods beat the curve. Still, it took him more than 17 years!
In 2007, former tennis great Boris Becker told Golf Digest Magazine: “Not all golfers are athletes, but there are a lot more today than there used to be. It’s why Tiger is so much better than everyone: He’s the best athlete.”
That is what we are working on at the Next Hero Junior Performance Center. We want to create the best athletes possible. We know that will give them a chance to be the best golfers possible.
Our Long-Term Athletic Development model systematically takes each child through each level of development. Those levels are all based on biological age, not chronological age. We do not make children do what their bodies are not ready to do. Children need to know they are progressing. We can tell them until we’re purple in the face that they are doing great. But that does little compared to the children actually seeing and feeling that they are progressing.
Our athletes constantly see progress, and we are loving that as much as them!
The Next Hero Junior Performance Center is an innovative approach toward golf improvement. Based on the principles of Long-Term Athletic Development (LTAD), the Next Hero uses physical and mental activities that are appropriate to a child's biological age.
These activities are challenging but rewarding. Young athletes will gain strength, quickness, speed, agility, balance and confidence. Most importantly, they will have a great time doing all of it!
The "FUNdamental Thunder" and the "Lightning Zone" are the program's core. Athletes will kick, hit, throw, putt, catch and chip. There are wrist release stations, strength building stations and stations where children will begin developing explosiveness. Built into each station are exercises and movements that enable athletes to learn the fundamentals of athleticism and golf. Instructors at the Next Hero teach young minds and young bodies how to be the best they can be, and we do it in an incredibly fun and engaging atmosphere.
Children participate in a 60-90 minute session each week. The sessions include a warm-up and cool down, team-building activities and up to 12 stations in the The "FUNdamental Thunder" or the "Lightning Zone."
Each week’s session takes the athletes through exercises and activities that develop and nurture their fundamental movement skills as well as their fundamental sports skills. And during each cycle, the athletes learn and eventually master a different theme, including - grip, alignment, posture and weight shift.
The "FUNdamental Thunder" is set up for the less experienced children. It focuses on the body's fundamental movement skills. The Lightning Zone - which focuses on Stability, Mobility, Agility, Balance, Coordination, Speed, Sports skills and Honing golf skills, is set up for the more experience children. The Lightning's focus is developing sports skills, specifically golf skills.
THE THUNDER ZONE
The Fundamental Thunder focuses on developing all the fundamental movement skills.
Upper Body Mobility/Stability
Lower Body Mobility/Stability
The Lightning Zone focuses on mastery of the fundamental movement skills, developing all the sport skills, and introducing many golf-specific skills.