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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!

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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

Thanks for reading – In order to practice correctly you first have to go to the range!

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