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“Without patience, we will learn less in life” – Mother Teresa

The millennial generation born during the late 90’s and 00’s have grown up with constant access to technology, e.g. mobile phones, laptops, tablets, smart televisions, etc. How has this shaped their experience of the world?

Technology and fast access to the Internet has provided millennials with a world where instant gratification is only a few ‘taps’ away. For example in a matter of seconds, goods and services can be purchased online with next day delivery, movies, television shows, and music videos can be downloaded, and a blind date can be arranged by a mere swipe of a finger.

There is little doubt that the existence of this technology has improved quality and certainly convenience of life. But it is possible that the expectation of instant gratification (and to receive things so quickly) will have a negative effect when it spills into other areas of their lives?

The demand for instant results are becoming part of everyday life. However, this is making us more impatient which I would argue doesn’t match the patience required for effective skill acquisition in golf.  

To improve (and especially in a sport as difficult as golf) one needs to be patient. Learning is a process that involves time and practice. 

Fitts and Posner's three-stage model of learning suggests that during the early stage of learning (the Cognitive Stage), performance is characterised by a large number of errors. I.e., when a golfer is trying to make improvements to their swing, it is not uncommon for performance results to fall during this early phase of learning. 

As their expectation is instant gratification, and thus instant success, do millennial golfers have the patience to work through this early stage that is riddled with errors? At the school we have witnessed a number of young golfers quit a particular drill (designed to improve their technique over time) because instant success was not achieved as they had expected.

We therefore as parents and coaches need to spend more time on educating the millennials on the process of skill acquisition, creating a more realistic timeline and understanding of the improvement process. We need to instil that patience is a virtue, and create an environment where young golfers are reminded of the advantages of perseverance. A lot of things that are valuable take time. 

As part of the improvement process at the Darren Clarke Golf School, we ask young golfers to spend time reflecting and to use critical thinking in assessing their performance and planning for the future. 


Adidas Ambassador

Congratulations to a former student of ours Andrew Owens who has just been announced as a brand ambassador for Adidas Golf. Great to see a former pupil doing so well within the industry! Keep up the good work Andrew!

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Ryder Cup Win

American Claim Victory In Ryder Cup In Spain

Team USA proved to be too strong for team Europe with a 7 1/2 to 4 1/2 victory. However all matches were extremely competitive with all of them going as far as the 17th and 18th holes on the final day. The format on the first day was four ball better ball before playing singles matches on the final day.

The matches over the two days were contested in fantastic spirit with some excellent golf played by both teams.
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Winter Training 2018

Winter Training Trip - Spain 

After six months worth of organising and preparations leading up to the Winter Training Trip there was always going to be a certain degree of anxiousness as we all eagerly anticipated our first trip to Mar Menor Golf Resort in Murcia, Spain.

With 8 rounds of golf to play in 10 days and with only 1 day off and 1 practice day it was always going to be a very busy schedule but one that we knew the students would thoroughly enjoy. Throughout the duration of the training we played a variety of different championship courses which were all expertly designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus. The courses included Hacienda Riquelme, Alhama Signature, El Valle, La Torre and Mar Menor Golf Resort. Each course provided its own challenging test with a huge amount of bunkers with extremely quick and undulating greens.

The students competed in various different formats including a 2 day Ryder Cup competition were they played four ball better ball on the first day and singles on the second day. The first of the British Schools qualifying also took place before the 54 hole Stroke Play event on the final 3 days.

The 54 hole stroke play competition took place at Hacienda Riquelme, Alhama Signature and El Valle Golf Courses over the final 3 days. Thankfully all of the students had the benefit of playing each of these courses in the first week which would be very beneficial.

After round 1 Paul Conroy lead the way with an excellent 2 over par 74. In a tie for 2nd place was Caolan Smith and Darragh Lynch. Caolan Smith produced the best nett score of the day with an impressive score of 60 after playing the back 9 in 1-under par gross. His round was also capped off with a holed bunker shot on the 18th. Gareth Reid made 3 birdies in a row from the 13th on his way to a net 67.

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Round 2 would be played at the Alhama Signature course which was the favorite amongst the students. Paul Conroy continued the lead the way with another very solid round of 76 (+4) on a long and very challenging course.
Cold wet conditions on the final day at El Valle day made scoring very difficult but Paul stuck to it and ended up a 14 shot run away winner after shooting a third round 78. Gareth Reid pipped Caolan Smith by 1 shot to win the net competition.

The studnets all enjoyed the trip and took a lot from it, some having never been to or played golf in Spain before. 


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