Going to College is devoted to helping junior golfers and their parents better understand the college recruitment process and to providing insight on what qualities are necessary for young players to compete successfully at the collegiate level. Each month, a popular topic will be discussed to offer advice and counsel to interested juniors and their parents.

Going to College Authors

John Brooks

As a former college golf coach and someone who has worked with talented junior and collegiate players for over 25 years, John is well qualified to help families navigate junior golf and manage college placement. For this purpose, he founded Red Numbers Golf® in 2003. [click for picture and bio]

Ted Gleason

Ted Gleason founded Road To College Golf in 2006 to assist junior golfers and their families with the College placement process. Formerly the Head Golf Coach at both the University of Southern California and Southern Methodist University.  [click for picture and bio]

Nicky Goetze

As an independent consultant, Nicky Goetze specializes in providing expert guidance to families as they pursue college Golf. He helps young players and their parents maximize opportunities at the junior golf level and more effectively handle the college placement process.  [click for picture and bio]

Are College Golfers Expected to Take Part in a Conditioning Program?

Golf-specific workouts are an integral aspect of the vast majority of college golf programs.

During my time playing college golf (some 25 years ago) our team-conditioning program consisted of running around the track four times at a self-dictated pace, doing some push-ups, then sit-ups, and ending with a little stretching. Wow, have things changed…and for the better!

Nowadays a specific golf fitness program is an integral part of most college golf program’s weekly routine. Whether it is a team-mandated workout or coaches encouraging players to integrate fitness into their weekly routines, fitness in college golf is here to stay. Each college golf program develops, with the assistance of the strength and conditioning coach or the head coach through his/her own personal expertise/experience, a conditioning program for its respective team. The head coach, in some cases, will consult with a golf fitness expert to formulate specific exercises/routines for his players. The intensity and type of each workout will vary depending on the time of year and whether the team is in or out of season.

During the competitive seasons (fall season, September 1 through November 1, and spring season, February 1 through June 1) a coach will mandate a team workout one to three times per week, depending on the team’s respective tournament schedule. During the off season, coaches will typically mandate team workouts three to four times per week as players are not traveling to golf tournaments, and coaches tend to utilize their NCAA allowed practice hours for conditioning sessions. Oftentimes these team workouts will take place early in the morning (think “zero dark thirty”) prior to class.

As mentioned, the workout regimen will vary from program to program, but essentially they all strive to improve the overall fitness of their players. Specific areas of focus are core strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular capacity. There are other forms of fitness used by coaches, including yoga, Pilates, and cross training. The various areas of focus are intended to not only improve a player’s “golf strength,” but equally important is to assist players in preventing injury, ensuring longevity in the game, and keeping in top health to handle the daily and weekly rigors of life as a college student-athlete. The typical college golf format (36 holes the first day and 18 the final day) requires players to carry their bags the entire time in all types of conditions and will be both a physical and mental test. The better-conditioned golfer will be well-equipped to handle all conditions. Also, being in top condition increases a player’s self-esteem, which certainly can positively affect his confidence and ultimately his game. Additionally, college players realize that developing proper sleep habits and maintaining a healthy nutritional plan can all assist in one’s overall health.

The life of a college student-athlete is a wonderful experience but certainly can be demanding at times. Making fitness and health a priority can only enhance the effort and energy required to excel both in the classroom and on the golf course. If your intentions are to play college golf, ensure that you, too, incorporate fitness into your weekly routine to best prepare for life as a college student-athlete.

Keep swinging!

Coach Gleason


Recruiting & Scholarships
    How Do the NCAA’s Recent Rules Changes Affect You?
    Is the College Recruiting Process Putting Too Much Pressure on You?
    When Should I Apply to Colleges?
    What is the Purpose of the NCAA Eligibility Center?
    What Is a Parent’s Role During a Campus Visit?
    Can Facebook or a Social Network Site Affect How I am Recruited?
    What Should I Do if I Didn’t Sign a National Letter of Intent in the Early Signing Period? *Recently Updated*
    What Questions Should I Be Prepared to Answer During a Campus Visit?
    What Are the Most Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Scholarships? *Recently Updated*
    How do I know if a School is Really Interested in Recruiting Me? *Recently Updated*
    How do Players Verbally Commit to Schools so Early in the Process? *Recently Updated*
    As a Rising Senior Is It Too Late To Be Recruited?
    What is a Parent's Role in the Recruiting Process?
    When Should Junior Golfers Sign the NLI? *Recently Updated*
    What is a Full Scholarship? *Recently Updated*

Coaches Finding & Evaluating Players
    Should I Communicate a Poor Performance to a College Coach?
    Are You Waiting for Tournament Success Before Contacting College Golf Coaches?
    Who Should Speak When Meeting with Coaches – Parents or the Student-Athlete?
    Do College Coaches Use Swing Videos To Evaluate Recruits?
    Do Coaches Really Care About Academics? *Recently Updated*
    Do You Have the Game to Play College Golf?
    How Do College Coaches Work Junior Tournaments?
    How Do College Golf Coaches Discover Talent?

Finding the Right School - Your "Best Fit"
    How Do I Know Which Schools Are “Best Fits” for Me?
    How Do I Remain Proactive in Identifying My “Best Fit”?
    Is a Walk-On Opportunity the “Best Fit” for Me?
    What Are the Real Keys to a Successful College Golf Recruiting Experience?
    What Useful Information Can I Research on a Golf Team's Website?
    When Should Junior Golfers Begin Visiting and Researching Colleges? *Recently Updated*
    What’s the Story on Division II and Division III Golf Programs?
    Are Unofficial Visits to College Campuses Necessary?
    Should Junior Golfers Attend Collegiate Tournaments?
    Just How Big is College Golf? *Recently Updated*
    What questions should I ask a college coach during a campus visit?
    Where Should I Attend College to Study and Play Golf?

Playing in College
    Are College Golfers Expected to Take Part in a Conditioning Program?
    What’s the Story on Club Golf?
    What Is Your Ideal Time Commitment for Playing Golf in College?
    What Can You Expect From a College Golf Tournament?
    Are You Practicing to Play the Odds?
    Am I good enough to play Division I golf?
    What does it mean to "redshirt"?
    How Do I Prepare for my Freshman Year in College?
    How Important Is Time Management for Student-Athletes at the Collegiate Level?
    What Is a Typical Week Like in the Life of a College Golfer?
    Is College Golf an Individual Sport?
    What are the main differences between junior golf and college golf?
    What Commitment Level is Necessary for Junior Golfers to Become Successful Collegiate Student-Athletes?

Playing Junior Golf
    Is playing a practice round important?
    Is There More to Golf Than a Score?
    You Have Completed the College Placement Process—Now What?
    Is It a Good Idea To Withdraw After a Poor Round?
    How Can a Junior Golfer Improve His Practice Sessions?

Promoting Yourself – Being Visible
    How Can Golf Recruits Maximize Visibility Among College Coaches? *Recently Updated*
    When and How Should I Initiate a Phone Call to a College Coach? *Recently Updated*
    Is Your Written Communication to Coaches Sending the Right Message?
    What Information Should Prospects Send to College Golf Coaches?
    Will Playing AJGA Events Increase My Chances of Earning a College Scholarship? *Recently Updated*
    What Should Recruits Say When Coaches Call Them?
    College Recruitment Timeline - Part 2 *Recently Updated*
    College Recruitment Timeline - Part 1 *Recently Updated*
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