10 ways to make your golf practice more effective!
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I agree wholeheartedly with Eric Cogorno, for GolfWrks.com, that 95% of people at the driving range are there just to hit balls and not improve their game. This is evident as I watch golfers on the range next to my teaching area at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club. And, like Eric, I have no problem with that. However, if you are a golfer who goes to the range to improve your game, then here are 10 things that will help you get the most out of your golf practice sessions. Thanks to Eric and GolfWrx.com for sharing!
I hate to say it, but many golfers spend a lot of time practicing and don’t get much better.
Why? There are a lot of reasons, but by far the most pressing issue is the structure of their practice in the first place.
I watch a lot of golfers practice as a golf instructor, and I’d estimate that 90 percent or more of their practice is little more than physical exercise; it doesn’t help golfers improve their skills and score better. If your golf goals are to get a little sun on your face, wind in your hair, or enjoy the company of others (or even a bit of solitude), I certainly don’t want you to get the idea that you’re doing things the wrong way. Please, continue to enjoy the game the way you want to enjoy it. This game should be fun, after all.
My experience is, however, that even golfers who play strictly for fun a few times a year would like it more and have more fun if they could play better.
So here is the deal:
There are ways to practice golf (or anything) that are more effective than other ways. We can all agree on that. Below is a list of my top-10 practice principles I recommend to all golfers. What these principles do in a nutshell is guarantee the time you’re spending is as efficient as possible.
You might notice that many of the principles I recommend are used a lot by the good golfers you know, but not as much by the bad ones. That’s no coincidence. Go to a professional golf event, and you’ll see all of these principles in practice.
1. Start each practice by writing down what you’re going to do. List the specifics, the games you’ll play… everything.
2. Do a full routine with tournament-like intensity on every single shot.
3. Play the ball as it lies all the time. Drop it and play it. Don’t fluff.
4. Think about what you’re going to do before you hit every shot, and assess yourself with feedback when necessary. Remember, prepare-perform-review.
5. Always do your putting and short-game practice before full-swing practice. That’s a requirement. Be disciplined with it even when you don’t feel like it.
Pictures : Tobias Wutzow
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