Fun and Affordable Junior Golf Instruction

At the Chad Johansen Golf Academy our #1 Goal is to instill a love of golf with your child. We do this by creating a learning environment that is a fun, safe and interactive. Juniors golfers learn the game with their peers and make new friends, while learning valuable life skills and core values inherent to the game. In every session, Junior Coaching students develop skills, tackle challenges and participate in fun competitions, all designed to make learning the game of golf fun and effective.

We coach golf in a way that makes playing the game fun, and in doing so we ignite a passion for golf in your child. Junior golfers from Aurora, Oswego, Naperville and throughout Kane County have found success with this unique Junior Coaching Program.

The CJGA Junior Coaching Program focuses a player on mastery rather than perfection.

Junior Coaching

Junior Coaching is a year-round program, and your child can start at any time. The junior coaching programs meet weekly at Blackberry Oaks Golf Course in Bristol. The programs are based on age: Wee Swingers (5-9), Par Players (9-12), and High School Players (13+) are placed on teams according to their skill level and experience.

Participants don’t need golf clubs to start, but as they start to enjoy the game we will suggest the clubs that fit them best and best places to purchase them. The advantage to the Junior Coaching Program is the ability to start at any time.




The CJGA teaching philosophy:

At CJGA, we believe that to play to your potential one must consider the entire game of golf. Golf instruction often focuses only on the golf swing, but the game is measured by score, not by the look of your swing. At CJGA, we focus on 4 key areas to build a golf game that promotes long-term improvement and self-confidence.

1. THE GOLFING MINDSET – A golfer must learn to manage their thinking and control their emotions. A golfer is tested mentally and physically throughout their round. If negative emotions and thoughts are permitted to exist, the golfer will struggle to trust their talent and succumb to the pressures of tournament play.

2. THE REAL GAME OF GOLF – Golf is a game of misses & mistakes; nobody has perfected the game and no one ever will. However, to win a golfer need not be perfect, just shoot the lowest score. The question is, “How do you shoot lower scores?” We teach junior golfers, through game-based training, how to shoot lower scores and track their improvement for continuous development.

3. PURPOSEFUL PRACTICE – We believe practice does not make perfect; rather, perfect practice makes permanent! To become a champion golfer, your practice routine must reflect that of champion golfers. We teach our players fun ways to challenge themselves in ways that simulate tournament conditions and produce superior results.

4. SKILL DEVELOPMENT – There are so many parts to the game of golf that players often become overwhelmed with information and bogged down thinking about technique. At CJGA, we focus on teaching players only the skills they need to achieve their stated goals, later adding new skills to further enhance the learning. Just as a young gymnast must learn a somersault before a handspring, we teach junior golfers the basics before moving on to more complex skills.

CJGA Junior Coaching Program

Coaching vs Private Lessons

The philosophy is based on the student becoming more independent after each session. As they learn to master the 4 key areas of the game, they come to understand the mindset and mental focus necessary to succeed. This includes:

  • How to score, and effective course management.
  • How to analyze their play and create purposeful practice routines that promote long-term development.
  • How to focus on the development of skills need to achieve their goals for golf.

We coach your junior as an individual in a team environment. Each of our juniors is taught the skills and techniques based on his or her strength & mobility, their learning style, and their desired outcome. The team environment is so productive for several key reasons:

  1. It creates the right environment to learn the life skills and core values we teach.
  2. It allows your junior to build friendships in an individual game.
  3. It allows coaches to create competition and challenges that motivate the players.
  4. It enables your child to take leadership or mentoring roles to develop interpersonal skills.
  5. It increases the hours your child can spend with their coach while not increasing the expense.
  6. It reduces the chances of over-teaching & technical overload. We allow each junior golfer to apply what they learn through experimentation and encourage them to learn by asking questions rather than just be told what to do.

If you are interested in learning more, please fill out the Junior Coaching contact form (below) and Chad will follow up with you.