Long Term Player Development (LTPD) is a systemic approach being developed and adopted by Golf Canada in partnership with the Canadian Professional Golfers’ Association to maximize a participant’s potential and involvement in our sport.
The LTPD framework aims to define optimal training, competition and recovery throughout an athlete’s career to enable him/her to reach his/her full potential in golf and as an athlete. Tailoring a child’s sports development program to suit basic principles of growth and maturation, especially during the ‘critical’ early years of their development, enables him/her to:
- Reach full potential
- Increase lifelong participation in golf and other physical activities
The LTPD model is split into stages in which a player will move from simple to more complex skills and from general to golf related skills. For example, a beginner may start by learning basic swinging actions and then once this has been mastered he/she will progress onto more advanced skills.
This framework sets out recommended training sequences and skills developments for the participant from the Active Start stage (six and under) to the Active for Live Stage (adult recreational). It also addresses the physical, mental, emotional and technical needs of the athlete as they pass through each stage of development.