Before You Take a Visit

Making a good first impression while on a college visit is extremely important. I know this can be a very nerve racking experience for many junior golfers so the more prepared are, the more you can relax and be yourself. Below are some great tips to help you prepare for your college visits.

  • Do your research. Know some facts about the school, the coach and the golf program. Check out the coaches bio, look over the team roster, know the program’s history and current ranking. Also make sure you know some general information about the school and why it interests you. Write this down on a notebook in case you need to reference it. Just try not to read from your notebook, only use it as a quick reference for some facts.
  • Prepare some questions. Make sure you have a few questions that you want to ask the coach before you go on the visit. Jot them down in a notebook. There is a chance these may get answered so make sure you are paying attention and try not to ask something that has already been addressed. But it’s very important to ask questions and be engaging through the conversation. Remember you are interviewing the coach as well to see if he/see will be a good fit for you.
  • Be prepared to answer questions. Do a practice interview if you feel that you need some work. Coaches will all ask different questions but know some basic ones like why you are interested in the school/program, what are your strengths/weaknesses and why do you want to play college. These are just a few examples.
  • Make sure you know where you are going and you allow for plenty of time to find the meeting location. You don’t want to be late or flustered once you get there. College campuses can be very tough to navigate.
  • Have a nice outfit to wear but you don’t have to overdress. A nice golf outfit will work just fine. Wear comfortable shoes, and preferably no jeans because you will probably tour the golf facilities and course.

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