Personal training gives anyone a leg up when it comes to development. In my opinion, personal training is extremely important at a young age because a coach is dealing with a blank canvas. What I mean by this is that a young player does not have any bad habits yet, and a coach can mold this player from scratch instead of having to break bad habits and then start with the right ones. Players should start private training no younger than 7 years old. At this age they have the attention span to be able to focus on a specific skill for a period of time.
When beginning private training, look for a coach who has a good reputation. Here is the tricky part. You want a coach who has a good reputation for DEVELOPING players, not winning. At a young age development is the most important thing. Results do not start to matter until players get to the U-12+ age groups. You also want a coach who knows what he or she is talking about. This means someone who has played at the highest level and knows what it takes to get there.
At KGS Academy all of our individual trainers are current or former professional players. They are able to recognize the little details in a player’s action that less skilled and experienced coaches would never see. They are also able to challenge players and push them to the limit because they have been there themselves.
At what age does a player benefit most from private training? I would have to say the younger the better. That being said, I believe that private training is extremely beneficial to players of all ages. This is mainly because it allows them to work on one or 2 specific things throughout an entire hour training session. That is not something that most players get to do in team training.
For more information on what training options are offered through KGS Academy, please head to www.KGSAcademy.com.