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This is a new (and effective) way to practice on the range!

This is a new (and effective) way to practice on the range!

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At the Mel Sole Golf School, I teach something very similar to what this article describes.  We call it the 48 ball drill, and it engages both the mechanical and mental skills needed to perform well on the course.  I am pleased to see that this is being discussed more and more. The crux of this article is outside the scope of golf instruction but applies nonetheless.  Thanks so much to  of Golf Digest for this interesting article.

Have you been to the range recently?

If so, you probably adhered to the typical range pattern, starting with some wedges, working your way through your irons, before moving on to hybrids, fairway woods, and then driver.

This is a new (and effective) way to practice on the range!

If you’re like me, you probably hit a bunch of shots with a selected club and only agree to move on once you feel like you have that swing grooved. That’s how a lot of golfers practice, and it’s no different than musicians trying to master a difficult piece of music. Much like a golfer who will toil away at his 7-iron until he starts hitting it clean, a violinist, for instance, will repeat a certain passage of music until he or she feels they have it down pat.

That’s called a “blocked practice schedule.”

And it’s the way a lot of us have gone about learning a variety of tasks. It’s also woefully ineffective.

This is a new (and effective) way to practice on the range!

Dr. Christine Carter is a clarinetist who wrote her dissertation on “contextual interference effect.” It’s a method that she champions for musicians, and which she expounds upon in a recent post on There is no mention of golf , and yet the thinking directly applies to the way we work on our games.

To learn more about the “contextual interference effect.” go here!

Source:    Golf Digest 

Pictures: Pinterest  Samuel Globus

Thanks for reading – This is a new (and effective) way to practice on the range!

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