Player Development is a Journey
While knowing the path to reach any destination is critical, so too is understanding what the important factors needed to be achieved at each stage of development in order to get to your destination. In golf, as with every sport, the path of an athlete along the stages in their development leaves a measure of progression that can be studied.
As a follow up to the original guide launched in 2006, Golf Canada in partnership with the PGA of Canada, are pleased to present: Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) Guide–version 2.0. This marks the second iteration of the important blueprint which provides research, statistics and insight into Canada’s player development pathway. Included are findings and adjustments that have evolved within the sport of golf since the last version of the LTPD Guide was launched. LTPD is an extension of our goal to place Canada among the top golfing nations in the world.
Regardless of the sport, depth of participants is critical to high performance success. More participants in every development stage of a sport’s pipeline can have a direct correlation to results among those competitors whose trajectory hits the pinnacle of the sport. In developing LTPD, we have incorporated best practices and the latest scientific research from within our sport, both in Canada and worldwide. We have also sought the expertise from other successful sports where transfer of knowledge was relevant and insightful.
We believe this guide will play a key influencing role in achieving international success for our players while also assisting our goal of fostering a life-long engagement in the sport of golf by Canadian enthusiasts from coast to coast.
In addition to providing a solid sport development framework, LTPD clearly outlines the roles and responsibilities of every stakeholder involved in the sport including coaches, instructors, golfers, parents of golfers, facility owners and golf administrators. The goal is to create a player development blueprint to success that will serve Canadian golf for years to come.