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Junior golfer Neely Adler

Lincoln Southwest freshman Neely Adler lines up her shot at the girls A-1 district golf meet Oct. 1, 2018, at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course.

Tip No. 1

Get on the golf course. If you spend too much time on the practice area, you can easily lose interest.

Tip No. 2

Walk the golf course. You will not develop your game to the highest potential if you ride around the course in a golf cart. If you're old enough to swing a golf club, you should be walking and strengthening your legs.

Tip No. 3

Great performances start with a great attitude. The foundation of a great attitude consists of having positive thoughts. A junior golfer who can roll with the punches during a couple of difficult situations can still come out of it with a can-do attitude, and will have a much better chance to move on than the junior who decides to nurse a wounded ego.

Tip No. 4

Know precisely the distances each of your clubs carry a golf ball. Once you have a reasonably accurate idea of those distances, a yardage finder will be beneficial on the course. For an experienced junior golfer, a yardage finder is an essential part of your golf equipment.

Tip No. 5

There comes a time when you should seek a certified junior golf coach that has been trained to coach kids, is experienced coaching juniors, has a proven track record of success and remains positive at all times.

Tip No. 6

Develop the athlete. The better athlete you become, the more likely you'll be an athletic golfer. I encourage you to play other sports even if they are just recreational. The new breed of junior golfers is fitter, stronger and more powerful than ever.

Dave Malone is a U.S. Kids Certified Coach, Titleist Performance Institute Certified Junior Golf Coach, Positive Coaching Alliance Member, PGA Master Golf Professional and Pine Lake Junior Golf Director. You can reach Malone at 402-560-3371.

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L Magazine editor

Mark Schwaninger is L magazine and Neighborhood Extra editor.

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