Through its Long-Term Player Development Guide, Golf Canada aims to maximize the potential of Canadian golfers and to increase the number of people participating in the sport of golf from “cradle to grave”. In order to be aware of how our best amateur players compare to world class competition, Golf Canada has revamped its approach toward key initiatives that will best support our golfers as they strive to be the best amateur players in the world.
Golf teaches participants fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills, as well as balance, coordination and mental focus.
Golf’s Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) model consists of nine stages.
- Active Start (M, F 0-6) – Teaches fundamental movement skills and links them together into play.
- FUNdamentals (M 6-9, F 6-8) – Addresses all fundamental movement skills and overall motor skills.
- Learn to Play (M 9-12, F 8-11) – Develops all fundamental movement skills, golf fundamental movement skills and teaches general overall sports skills.
- Train to Play (M 12-16, F 11-15) – Ensures children can cope with the physical and mental challenges of competition.
- Learn to Compete (M 16-18, F 15-17) – Optimizes fitness preparation and specific skills as well as overall performance.
- Train to Compete (M 18-23+, F 17-23+) – Fine tunes the overall golf-specific skill set, optimizes fitness preparation and develops information processing skills.
- Train to Excel (M 23-29, F 23-28) – Achieves pre-established targets at the amateur or professional level through a high degree of excellence and knowledge in every required skill set.
- Excel (M, F 23+) – Becomes an elite player at either the amateur or professional level.
- Active for Life (M, F all ages) – Encourages players to remain physically active, either competitively or recreationally, for life.
Long-Term Player Development Guide – version 2.0
This model provides a solid framework and outlines the roles and responsibilities of everyone involved in the sport.
The National Golf in Schools Program covers the FUNdamentals and delivers physical education learning outcomes through the sport of golf.
The CN Future Links Learn to Play Program addresses the FUNdamentals, Train to Train and Train to Compete stages. This seven-level instructional program that gives you the chance to learn to play golf, keep track of your improvement and have fun.
The CN Future Links Girls’ Club focuses on the FUNdamentals, Train to Train and Train to Compete stages. It is a developmental golf program essentially designed for girls between the ages of seven and 18.
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