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10 ways to make your golf practice more effective!

10 ways to make your golf practice more effective!

10 ways to make your golf practice more effective!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

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!

 

10 ways to make your golf practice more effective!

Practice does not make perfect. Practice makes permanent. Only perfect practice makes perfect!

 

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.

To see the other 5 things to make your practice effective, go here!

Source : Eric Cogorno  GolfWrx.com

Pictures : Tobias Wutzow

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In order to practice correctly you first have to go to the range!

In order to practice correctly you first have to go to the range!

In order to practice correctly you first have to go to the range!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

I have posted several articles by David MacKenzie from Golf State of Mind over the last year, and I think he is very knowledgeable about his subject. But there is one statement he makes below that I have to disagree with.

“One of the biggest mistakes a golfer can make is to spend countless hours trying to groove a perfect “machine-like” swing in the hope that it will work automatically on the course.”

Sorry David, the biggest mistake a golfer can make is not to practice at all!  More than 60% of the students who come through my school admit that they NEVER practice!  Learning how to practice correctly does help, but folks, if any of this is ever going to help your game, you have to get off your duffs and on to the practice range.  Today!

Now read David’s article, and you will get some benefit!

In order to practice correctly you first have to go to the range!

Playing golf on driving range fairway grass

How do you spend your time practicing?

How do you know you are building the skills you need to shoot lower scores? Are you maximizing your practice time the way a Tour player does?

The biggest practice mistake

One of the biggest mistakes a golfer can make is to spend countless hours trying to groove a perfect “machine-like” swing in the hope that it will work automatically on the course.

If this is all you’re doing during your practice, then it’s not time well spent.

The reason is the range, and the course are very different places…

You’ve got lots of external factors you don’t have on the range on the course, such as the need for strategy, your score, other players, etc.

If you don’t practice for the course, you can’t expect to perform there.

This is why most Tour players use the “1/3 rule” when practicing.

In order to practice correctly you first have to go to the range!

A unique practice area to do random practice.

What this does is make sure your valuable practice time is divided optimally, as follows:

  • 1/3 Technique (block practice)
  • 1/3 Rhythm and Motion (random practice)
  • 1/3 Pressure conditions.

To read the rest of how the Tour players break up their practice time, go here!

Source: David MacKenzie  Golf State of Mind

Pictures: Camron Flanders  Jonathan Lyon

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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 bulletproofmusicians.com. 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

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Check out Rory's Warm-up Routine - Do you do this?

Check out Rory’s Warm-up Routine – Do you do this?

Check out Rory’s Warm-up Routine – Do you do this?

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Rory McIlroy is currently the #1 player in the world. 

Before he goes out to play a competitive round, he must prepare himself both mentally and physically.  Doing the correct warm-up routine gives him confidence before the round, so when facing a bunker shot, pitch shot, or a faded 5 iron to a right-hand pin position, he has a positive mental picture of those shots from his warm-up routine.  Make sure you have a structured warm-up routine before you go out and play!

 

Source: PGA Tour

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Mel Sole's Top 3 Training Aids to improve your golf!

Mel Sole’s Top 3 Training Aids to improve your golf!

Mel Sole’s Top 3 Training Aids to improve your golf!

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As an instructor who teaches golfers from beginners to Tour Players, I sometimes have to find a way to get my students to “feel” what it is I’m trying to get him/her to accomplish. 

As I’ve always said, “There is perception, and then there is reality”  Those two things are VERY different.  The way I get these students to accomplish the move they are looking for I use training aids.  I am a great believer in training aids, and here is my definition of practice.  “Focused repetition with feedback.”

1. Focused.

You are focusing on one thing and one thing only.  Whether it is keeping your arm straight, weight shift, or balance, you should not be trying to work on more than one thing at a time.

2. Repetition.

Doing the task over and over again to make it a habit

3. With Feedback.

How do you know if you are doing it correctly?  With a training aid designed specifically for the fault or move you are working on, you will get feedback (even if you don’t like the feedback you get at first)

Here are my Top 3 Training Aids and why I use them.

1. Arm Tac-Tic – My most used training aid.  Really helps students who have trouble getting rid of the dreaded “chicken wing.”

Mel Sole's Top 3 Training Aids to improve your golf!

 

2.  Putting Mirror.  A “must-have” training aid.  This will help you achieve two of the most important aspects of putting that 90% of good putters have.  Eyes over the ball and shoulders square to the intended line!

Mel Sole's Top 3 Training Aids to improve your golf!

 

3. Swing Gyde – This training aid is for the golfers who do not swing the club back “on plane” Put the club “in the slot” every time with this training aid.

Mel Sole's Top 3 Training Aids to improve your golf!

 

Find all 3 training aids here.

Source:  Mel Sole Golf School.

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