Golf ball juggling: More than just a trick

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Team Tennessee liked to show its juggling skills at the PGA Junior League National Championship.
By Andrew Prezioso
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Sunday, October 26, 2014 | 2:10 p.m.

Want to duplicate Tiger Woods' famous Nike commercial where he juggles the ball? Turns out doing so will help your golf game. 

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Suzanne Strudwick, the Captain of Team Tennessee at the 2014 PGA Junior League National Championship, teaches her students at Fairways and Greens Golf Center in Knoxville, Tenn., how to flick the ball up and juggle the ball starting around the age of 6.

"It is fantastic for them because it develops their early hand-eye coordination," Strudwick said. "They love it, they love doing it together." 

It was clear by watching Team Tennessee wait to tee off on Day 2 of the Junior League Championship how much they loved practicing that skill. 

 

Team Tennessee shows off some nice juggling skills before the second session of the day. #PGAJLG #golf

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The fancier the juggle, the stronger the hand-eye coordination and ball control skills, Strudwick said. Some of the variations include juggling between the legs and getting the ball to stop on the club face. 

"Just like if you were a basketball coach, you would teach things like that," she said. "We teach that to our kids at an early age and it's so fun."

And of course, with a drill that's fun to do, Strudwick says she sees players practicing it all the time. 

"You see them doing it when they first get to class, you see them on the tee trying to do it and going, 'Oh, I did this. Can you do this?'" Strudwick said. 

Andrew Prezioso is a contributor for PGA.com. Have a good golf story? Send him an email at andrew.prezioso@turner.com.