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Episode 31: Nick Duffy: Teaching Elite Junior Golfers

Released Friday, 10th July 2015
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If you're looking for some unique ways to prep for an important round (like a tournament!) you're in luck!  Nick Duffy is here to share how he helps his junior golfers prepare to become elite.

We can all learn from the experience of junior golfers


Nick is a teacher out of the Core Golf Academy at Orange County National in Winter Garden, Florida and he previously taught at the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy as well. He’s a PGA Class A member, a TPI level 2 certified, and a participant in two US Junior Championships.


  • Nick’s favorite quote/mantra: Try to make the best shot you can, instead of trying to steer it away from the trouble and hoping for it to turns out good. If the trouble is really that bad, just play it safe.

  • To always try to do situational practice; practice for what course you’re going to be playing on.

    • If you’re preparing for a tight course play the rough at your regular course as if it were unplayable trouble. Force yourself to pitch out if you land there so you can simulate that tournament course you have on your list.

  • To transition to a more elite level you have to continue to challenge yourself, even if you’re the best in your group.

  • Lots of tips on how to coach and train junior golfers and how to get them to focus.

    • Don’t think where anything is or if you picked the right club-just swing

  • Commit to what you’re doing way before it happens.

    • Make sure all decisions regarding the club selection and type of shot you’ll play are finalized before you address the ball.

  • Instead of being afraid to miss a shot, just hit the shot as best you can. If you miss, miss it because you’re trying to hit it well rather than just trying to get it around the green.

  • Nick’s method of breaking a slump is to address the problem directly and iron it out on the range.

  • The go to drill for Nick is simple 9 to 3 swings, or “power punches” as he calls them.

  • Nick’s parting piece of guidance: Always have a plan. Whether it’s practice or playing, have a specific goal for each activity so you know you get the most out of your time.