For senior Jadin Ware, life has not been as easy as her smooth left-handed golf swing. When Jadin steps up over the tee to hit her drive, she doesn’t take any practice swings like other players do. She will line up, and rear back and whack the ball as far as she can, usually straight down the fairway.
The last time she was on the links was the first meet of the season in her junior year. She hoisted the trophy in an epic come-from-behind playoff victory at the Rockwind tournament in Hobbs. She has done everything she can to achieve her goal of getting a college scholarship to a Division I or II school.
Jadin has done everything in her power to improve her golf game. She has given up playing and dancing to work on being more accurate on her shots off the tee. Now she knows where her shots are going to go and how far they are going. She has improved her chipping and putting game.
Improving her game
Her game has improved with a better perspective and with her understanding the game better. The key to her game has been her confidence in her game and her mental approach. For Jadin, the game is 60% mental.
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She has learned to recover from a bad shot, and not to let it affect her throughout the round. Jadin doesn’t think about the bad shots she hits, but thinks about how she can recover from the shot to win the hole. She tries not to let one bad shot end up being a second bad shot or a third to take her out of the match.
“For me, for one it is about deciding about what kind of shot I want to hit; and making sure you can execute the shot you want to hit. If you do hit a bad shot, you always have to recover from it.”
Another big help has been the support and coaching help of her dad, Jason Ware. The duo will often golf together on Wednesdays to bond and sometimes it will turn into a teaching lesson, or a competitive match between father and daughter. Both have the same swing and mirror each other.
Jason Ware can help his daughter by following her and helping make adjustments at the end of the round if need be. Just like when he helped her overcome a bad first day at the Rockwind Tournament. Jason plays right-handed and Jadin plays left-handed.
“It’s a fun bonding experience for us because we can always go out there and play together. My dad knows my game and can always fix what is wrong with my game.”
As part of trying to improve her game, she has gone against the best at golf camps. Her favorite victory was when she played in the Texas Tech golf camp at the end of her sophomore year. It was a one-day tournament and she shot even. Tech coach JoJo Robertson was pleased with Jadin and told her he would like to see Jadin at the Tech camp next year. It didn’t happen because of COVID-19.
Her handicap is 4 and she shoots in the mid-70s. Jadin is frustrated like other seniors in the area because she cannot play this year. Her only goal is to try and earn a golf scholarship. She has done everything in her power to be noticed by Division I and II coaches at the next level.
“I don’t care where I go,” Jadin said, “as long as I can play golf in college. I want to go on to play on the LPGA tour one day.”
She is taking remote learning as best as she can and practicing consistently, but feels at a disadvantage by not being able to play. Jadin is sending out videos of her swing and her game, but feels at a disadvantage because kids in other states are playing golf. She feels like coaches at universities will compare her to other athletes in competition versus practice.
“New Mexico is one of the two states that are not playing right now,” Jadin said. “I’ve had my junior season taken away and I might have my senior year taken away. I feel a college will not want to sign me over someone else from a different state who is playing right now consistently and is sending in scores and going to tournaments over me, who does not have any tournaments to play right now.”
What has bewildered Jadin is that golf is not a contact sport at all. Golfers don’t share clubs, balls or even touch the pin. It is always a safe distance on the golf course with plenty of air. It is a frustrating situation for other athletes that don’t truly play contact sports.
One of Jadin’s idols on the course is Roswell’s Gerina Piller. Jadin feels Piller is a role model for her and other young players. The two have so much in common, both are from Roswell and went to Goddard.
On the Professional Golf Association tour, Jadin is a fan of Bryson DeChambeau. She likes the way he has transformed his body and golf game and is now playing power golf. Since adding more strength to his body, DeChambeau’s tee shots are longer off the tee. He started bodybuilding.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Jadin decided that it would pass. She felt like she would be able to go to school in August, that things would return to normal. She has a good support system, misses school, friends and to be able to talk to teachers that care about her. It’s good to have a place to go and have a place to be.
“I feel like I’m missing out on my senior year,” Jadin said. “I don’t get to do the normal things that you get to do. It’s sad because I will never get to go to homecoming again. We might not get to go to prom, and I won’t get to go to prom again. We didn’t have a prom last year. Luckily, I got to go my sophomore year.”
For Jadin, the team goal this year is to win state. She qualified as a team for state her sophomore year. This year the New Mexico Activities Association is taking the three players from each team in the district, but her biggest concern is not playing this year.
“We’ve never closed school down for the flu,” Jadin said. “There’s states all over the country that are not having schools closed down. Why are we?”
Sports editor J.T. Keith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 304, or email@example.com.