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.

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Principles

  • Have an objective that you want to achieve for every practice session.  This could be running a series of ‘service’ drills for putting, completing a series of regular competitive drills where you monitor your score, or to develop a specific point of technique.
  • Play each shot as if it is your only shot.  Would your practice intensity change if you had one-ball practice sessions?  This means applying your attention fully to every shot.
  • Only practice for as long as you can maintain complete focus.  This usually means taking mini breaks after every few shots.
  • Once you have hit a shot allow your concentration level to drop.  This is great practice for refocusing and taking mental breaks between shots, exactly as you do on the golf course.
  • Always practice hitting to specific targets.  These may be witches hats set up on the practice fairway or tees forming a ring around the hole on the green.
  • When you are working on a point of technique your focus will be on your body or club movement.  To some extent the result of the shot is irrelevant, especially if the change is a major one and there is some short-term reversal of form.
  • If you are practicing competitive drills (to targets) your primary objective is your score in the drill, although it is fine to focus on a swing key at the same time.  In this way you are able to test and monitor your ability.
  • How you practice = how you play.
  • Stick to a regular and consistent set of drills and complete them weekly or fortnightly.  Doing a lot of drill work will reduce your total weekly practice volume but because of the increased intensity of practice, is far more beneficial to you.
  • Record the results of your sessions in a practice diary.
  • Make notes of your own observations during practice, such as key swing thoughts and their influence on your shot making.
  • Spend time in practice working on shot shaping, competitive drills and rhythm as well as technique.
  • Practice mental skills as well as physical and technical skills.
  • If you have some technique drills or competitive drills to complete, then allocate time for either practice swinging or setting up targets.

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