Excelling within the Programme:

Programme Delivery

As outlined in the programme phases it takes an
integrated and complete approach, based in LTPD philosophies and covering the five key performance pillars, to support and develop world class behaviours and performance.

These five key areas are:
Tactical How to play the game
Psychological The mind; both mentally and emotionally
Technical The mechanics of the golf swing
Physical The body
Organisational The golfer and the person, planning and
preparing for success

As a player strives to ‘be the best’ they need to build a coaching team around them to address each pillar and support their journey toward their long term goals.

New Zealand Golf recommends a player begins to identify their primary service providers or support network as they progress along their own, individual performance pathway. The end goal is to build a support network that is capable of delivering skill development strategies across the key performance pillars above.

The High Performance team at New Zealand Golf, and the specialist service providers it sources in each of the performance areas, are one such source of support. But due to the de-centralized nature of the programme, and the geographical locations of the players with it, an important recommendation is that players also source regionally located providers to form their core support team.

As players move through the National Programme, from junior camp attendees to programme members, New Zealand Golf’s role in their development evolves and deepens. As a player reaches the National Academy New Zealand Golf’s role, and the various specialist providers available to the programme, is best described as that of ‘secondary service providers’ with a focus on assisting players to create their playing schedules, their development plans and to monitor their progression over time.

Each player’s primary service providers, their regionally located coaching teams, will deliver the majority of their coaching programmes, with New Zealand Golf providing funding for, and working closely with, a players coaching team to oversee their on-going progress.

With some of the very latest golf specific technology available New Zealand Golf takes an ‘evidence based’ approach to player assessment, programme planning and on-going monitoring. This is to ensure players understand where they are now, where their goals will take them, what ‘GAP’ currently exists, and how they will bridge this ‘GAP’ over time.

Player Assessment, Development and Monitoring

There are many strategies applied across the various pathway phases to meet the long term development needs of each player in the programme. For an example of how such strategies may be applied to a player within the National Academy see below:

· Establishment of the players initial mid and long term goals.

· Completion of an assessment phase to set benchmarks, identify strengths and opportunities.

· Through consultation with the player and their support team a yearly plan is formed.

· This is followed by a GAP analysis that allows for the creation of an individualised performance plan (IPP) that has a mid-term focus (90-120 days).

· Plan schedules of activity to achieve the strategies within the IPP (to bridge the GAPs).

· Regular, scheduled, review allows for confirmation of the strategies applied or for adaptions to the programme to be made.

The player assessment and monitoring strategies form an important part of the talent identification and development programme and are carried out during district and national training days and camps as well as when working directly with a player and their coach. Employing such strategies assists the creation of a player’s development and training programmes and forms an important link between district development programmes and the national development programme.

To assess player competencies an array of objective and subjective assessments are carried out to build a player’s profile. For an example of the tools available to undertake player assessment see below:

· Club delivery and ball launch monitors; units such as Trackman and Flight scope use Doppler radar technology to ensure high levels of accuracy within the captured data.

· Three dimensional biomechanical analysis. This accurately identifies body function and motor pattern issues that need to be addressed for skill development to continue.

· Ultra sound putting stroke data capture; SAM Putlab measures the competency of a player’s consistency and technique and provides a tool for the testing phase within the yearly plan.

· ‘Shots to Hole’ performance data (tournament statistics); this web based programme quickly identifies opportunities for targeted skill development and practice scheduling.

· Other skill tests; such as the Trackman Combine test and the Red Zone short game test. To provide benchmarks for current skill and to track progression.

The gathering of performance data, that is evidence based, allows for performance improvement recommendations. These are based on best practice models, to be made without crossing over into coaching preferences (the differences between coaching models or methods).

Mind Skills: The ‘Glue’

Lastly, as a player builds their set of physical golfing skills it is crucial they also apply themselves to building their mind skills. Each player in the programme is challenged to apply a ‘Growth Mind-set’ with a ‘Pathway 1’ philosophy. Living ‘Pathway 1’ begins with acting courageously as they work toward building self-confidence, self-belief and self-acceptance.

This mind-set, when aligned with strong personal values, will become the glue that successfully bonds the development of their technical, tactical and physical skills together to produce ‘World Class’ levels of performance. A player who has self-confidence, self-belief, self-acceptance, and who lives ‘Pathway 1’, by consistently being courageous, will be well on their way to achieving success and to reaching ‘World Class’.