The First Tee of Los Angeles D.R.I.V.E. Program

Participants in this program are exposed to the core values through games using sports that young people may be more familiar with, such as baseball, football, bowling and tennis with slight modification. Each sport is modified in a way to incorporate the four basic golf shots: putt, chip, pitch and full swing.

These activities are played with modified golf equipment and are designed to offer participants opportunities to apply core value behaviors and basic golf strokes. At the end of each class, participants are challenged to apply these behaviors in other areas of their lives.

Components

Modified Golf Equipment

The First Tee utilizes introductory golf equipment called “SNAG” (Starting New At Golf) that is durable and safe for both indoor and outdoor use. The equipment is modified, developmentally appropriate and consists of colorful over-sized clubs, tennis-style balls and a variety of targets. The clubs are replicas of two basic traditional golf clubs, a putter and a wedge. The heads are purposefully large and provide a hitting surface proportionately larger than the ball for easy learning and increased success. Available for both right-handed and left-handed students, the equipment set is configured to include enough clubs, targets and balls to teach a class of up to 30 participants per class.

Here is a quick video of the SNAG equipment in action:

Comprehensive Activity Guide

The Activity Guide is written with the youth development professional and volunteer leader in mind. The program is designed to fit in a variety of settings, addressing class time, class size and other parameters unique to youth serving organizations. The curriculum includes 18 detailed activity plans, an information section explaining teaching methods, safety and class management procedures, instructional cue cards, golf terms and other helpful information for successful implementation.

Training

Our interactive online training includes videos of actual Activity Plan sessions, excerpts from the Activity Guide, review questions and assessments.