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NCGA.ORG | SUMMER 2018 51 PLAYING LESSONS I qba l wa n t s pl a y e rs t o s pe n d m o r e ti me on th e cour se th a n th e r a nge. " O n e o f t he bi g g e s t s t r a t e gi e s t ha t helped my kids is playing lessons," he said. "Many juniors just don't play enough. You need to go out a nd l ea rn, what ty pe o f sho t c an I pl ay ?" I q b a l tr i es to coa ch h i s p l ayer s to h i t t o o n e s i d e o f t h e fa i r w a y t o s e t u p a n e a s i e r a p p r o a c h s h o t , a n d a l o t o f t i me i s sp ent l ea rni ng w h at cl ub s to h i t i nto e le v at e d gre e n s. A pla y e r m u s t c ho o s e f rom w hic h s id e of t he hole t he y wan t to pu tt be f o r e c ho o si n g a c l u b f o r the approach shot. "Ever y parent or instr uctor needs to help junior s more with cour se manage - ment," he said. "Teach them what will happen if you hit the ball this way, if you play the hole a certain way." Sabr ina's recent efforts with her dad have f o c u se d o n i n c r e a si n gl y be tte r cour se management. "You get shots out on the cour se that you would never practice (on the range)," she said. "Being in those positions in prac - tice rounds allows you to have more con- fidence dur ing an event when you do end up in situations you're not as used to." LOW TECH APPROACH Iqbal doesn't want players, espe- cially juniors, to become too reliant on technology. TrackMan, GPS, rangefinders and video are nice, but a player doesn't need a full suite of devices if they are making a good swing that produces solid contact and straight shots. "Kids, in particular, can get too technical," he said. "If you are 30 yards from a green and have to use a GPS to know how far to hit the ball, then you have a problem. You have lost 'the feel.' You have to allow the body to move naturally and use that in your favor." Jason Lusk is the creative director at Golfweek and oversees instruction for the magazine.

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