Charlotte Christian’s Connor Armistead is the type of student-athlete every coach longs to have, because he’s not only an elite talent but a quality young man with strong character.
Armistead, a Charlotte 49ers signee who picked up several accolades including all-conference and all-state honors, is now the South Charlotte Weekly Golfer of the Year.
Armistead credits his success to hard work and changes he made in his swing. He is always looking to see where he’s excelling and what areas of his game need improvement, so he can hone his craft as a golfer.
Armistead said he used to use his hands too much, but he has learned to use his bigger muscles and deliver the club better. That has enabled him to hit the ball more effectively on a consistent basis. He is turning his shoulders more instead of flipping his hands.
“I try to do my best to be a team player and understand others’ needs,” Armistead said. “I try to include everyone’s opinion when I’m in the team atmosphere and make sure everybody’s as prepared as they can be and comfortable as they can be.”
Charlotte Christian coach Gary Brown, who coached Armistead for three years, said his senior captain had a great swing when he met him, but said he has gotten stronger and tremendously matured in the mental part of the game. Brown added Armistead could always hit the ball far, but has learned to hit it farther with significantly less effort going into each swing.
Armistead, who is meticulous, plays with a good rhythm. He also is deliberate in his approach by making a point to study all the variables before he takes a shot. For example, Armistead is careful to check where the wind is coming from, where the pin is and what the greens are like.
Armistead was the unquestioned leader for the Knights. He was someone Brown could talk to about the other players when it came to assessing what they were capable of. Armistead would give Brown his honest analysis without malice toward his teammates. Brown also let him decide what the team would wear for matches and tournaments and help choose where they would eat and do for team activities.
The veteran coach said Armistead was a yes sir and no sir throwback type of kid, who was respectful and coachable.
“Connor has always been somebody that players from other teams respect,” Brown said. “I’ve never heard him say a negative thing about anybody. He’s always been complimentary about other players.”