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Golf
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Coaching guide, rules, and other materials for coaches.
Coaching Guide 2003
Rules
Sports Essentials
Divisioning
  • Divisioning The fundamental difference between Special Olympics competitions and those of other sports organizations is that athletes of all ability levels are encouraged to participate, and every athlete is recognized for his/her performance.
Coaching
  • Overview of the Coach Development Model This video is an overview in English of the coach development model. It is about 4 minutes long. DOWNLOAD MP4
  • Coach Development Model Our volunteer coaches help Special Olympics athletes reach their best level of skill and performance. These resources can be used by Program sport directors to recruit and train coaches to reach their own heights of achievement.
Sport Rules
  • Sport Rules The heart of Special Olympics is competitions, the races, matches, tournaments and games for people with intellectual disabilities. In many ways, these competitions are like sports run by any other organization, but there are some key differences.
  • Sport Rules Article 1 The Official Special Olympics Sport Rules (“Sport Rules”) provide standards for Special Olympics training and competition. Sport Rules Article I provides general principles established by the Special Olympics Official General Rules (“General Rules”) that are not found in the sport-specific rules.
Thank you for coming to the Special Olympics Golf Resource Page. Here you will find a recent feature from Global Ambassador Padraig Harrington on some tools that you can use to better train for golf at home. The videos cover topics from managing short game, to perfecting a mental routine, to knowing when to chip versus putt.
Special Olympics Global Ambassador and 2021 European Ryder Cup Captain Padraig Harrington gives advice on training at home and finding unique ways to keep yourself ready for the course.
Given the game is 80% mental and 20% physical, what can be done to ensure you are concentrating on a tournament and not being distracted by other events before the tournament?
On your second shot from the fairway, what do you tell yourself before you swing the club?
What is your mental routine or strategy in preparation for the approach shot or chip shot to the Green?
Because of the different abilities of our athletes, grip can be an issue and specifically which style to use: overlap, interlocking or baseball. So which grip do you consider best for them?
I notice that some of our athlete hit the ground before the ball, what is the easiest thing we can do to stop this from happening?
Sometimes I struggle from 30 yards and in. What is the best way to chip from that distance?
When my ball is close to the green – how should I decide whether to putt or chip?
What is the best iron to use to get back to the fairway?
I have a tendency to push my drive to the right. What should I do to avoid this?
This page draws together golf-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.