Category Archives: Practice

Principles of Correct Practice

There is no point hitting shots mindlessly in an attempt to improve your golf.  But unfortunately that is what most players do.  There are principles which you can follow to get the most from every practice session. Click here to download a sample 3-hour plan which will definitely benefit your golf. Principles Have an objective that you want to achieve for …

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How to Practice with Purpose

The argument about whether practice or natural talent counts most in producing world-class athletes has been debated for eons.  Dr Anders Ericsson (1993) has conducted research on the developmental pathways of elite performers in a variety of spheres of performance. His conclusions fall in favour of the argument that hard work will ultimately triumph over natural talent in producing world-class …

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Creativity from Repetition

There were only two items I put on the counter, one worth $4.25 and the other $2.50.  There was no scanning device in this local milk bar…and the cash register wasn’t computerised.  Then he did the unthinkable…he reached for a calculator.  This happens all too frequently where simple tasks still require the use of some piece of technology. I asked …

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Change the name, Change the approach

I recently suggested to our (Australian) National Squad that the word ‘practice’ be renamed ‘learning’.  When they are hitting balls on the range, they are ‘learning’, when they are on the putting green, they are ‘learning’. Often players who are practicing are focussed on repetition, sometimes seemingly endless repetition.  They use phrases to describe their practice as ‘working on the …

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Design your own Training Drills

Golf’s alluring and eternal challenge is that anyone in can play, however playing well takes practice and learning.  Becoming excellent usually takes years of dedicated effort. Personal best scores on different golf courses and changes in your handicap (if you have one) are measures of your progress.  Every time you improve your best score or lower your handicap you experience …

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Add Variety for Fast Transfer from Practice to the Course

So often when I see players practicing they are hitting the same shot repeatedly.  Their reasoning is that they just about have the right feeling for their golf swing and just need to hit a few more shots to cement that feel.  Usually the player is refining their rhythm and timing for that particular shot by hitting multiple shots rather …

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Who’s Keeping Score?

There are only a few minutes to go.  The home team is fighting hard to prevent their opposition from scoring while trying to add to their own score.  You look at the scoreboard and see…nothing.  No team names, no scores, nothing.  You have no way of knowing what the score is because nothing has been recorded on the scoreboard. You …

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Sand Line Drill

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Better Pitching Practice

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Practice Swings v Hitting Shots

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