Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada have presented the second generation of the Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) Guide. Referenced as LTPD 2.0, it outlines an eight-stage, systematic approach to golf and athlete development in Canada.
Available in a hard copy edition, online web resource or downloadable app, LTPD 2.0 offers a range of resources designed to help coaches, teachers, players and parents understand the stages that each player goes through and also the training principles and activities at each stage.
“In developing LTPD 2.0, we have incorporated best practices and the latest scientific research from within our sport, both in Canada and worldwide,” said Golf Canada chief sport officer Jeff Thompson.
“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,” he added.
The benefits of LTPD are already paying off, according to PGA of Canada technical director Glenn Cundari.
“The benefits from LTPD have shown as our best Canadians are now competing at the top level of the world game. We need to continue to have the same success at the recreational level, with the creation of sustainable golfers and strong learn-to-golf adult and junior programs,” said Cundari.
“LTPD 2.0 is not just for the industry stakeholders to use as a road map, but a resource for every PGA member to reflect on their own programs to ensure they align with a world leading framework and system,“ he added. In addition to providing a sport development framework,
LTPD 2.0 outlines roles and responsibilities of sport stakeholders including PGA of Canada coaches and instructors; golfers, parents of golfers, facility owners and golf administrators.
Endorsed by Sport Canada, LTPD 2.0 utilizes the knowledge and experience of a task force of golf and sport science personnel, with backgrounds ranging across sport development, coaching, sport psychology and scientific best practices.
The LTPD 2.0 framework is split into eight stages through which a player will move from simple to more complex skills and from general to golf-related skills.
LTPD 2.0 also addresses the physical, mental, emotional and technical needs of the athlete as they pass through each stage of development.