What / How Should You Practice ?

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Hello Fellow Golfers,

With all of the information out there on how to improve your golf swing, how to become
a better player, how to hit it farther, it seems that most people are confused on how to
improve their golf game when it comes to what to or how to practice.

Why Is Practice Important?

  • It is the process of going to the practice area with the intend of improving a certain aspect of your game.
  • It allows you to play freely without having to think about your swing while your are playing.
  • It gives you the confidence that you can hit a certain shot, reasonably well, when you need to.

Practice Strategies:

Practice is needed to improve, but what should be your strategy or goal when you go out to practice?
What should you work on at my practice session?
When and/or how often should you practice?

Don’t just go to the range to bang balls, you should know your game well enough to
identify your strengths and weaknesses. Am I losing too many balls off the tee, am I not
hitting my irons, is my short game shady, should I work on my putting?

Let your goals and your desires dictate what you should practice and how you should practice.
What will help you enjoy the game better and have more fun is what you should focus on
when you practice.

Finding out what’s important to you, what will give you more confidence, what will help
you have more fun should be your goals for practice.

Discovering your practice routine.

Keep it simple and be sure to work on your goals and not what other say.

There are plenty of opinions out there that will give you advice on how to practice.

When I practice, most of the time, I start with my sand wedge, and then work with my
8 iron, and then my 3 wood and end with hitting a few Drivers.

For Example: Below are my goals when I practice, yours may be different.

My goals are:

  • Hit more greens in regulation from 150 yards and closer ( Wedge and 8 iron )
    I practice high, low, fades, draws, and straight with the 8 iron
    I practice a lot of high, low, and straight shots with the wedge.
    Hitting different types of shots keeps it fun and out of repetition mode.
  • Hit more fairways ( I use my 3 wood on a lot of holes, especially if they are
    short par 4s. I can hit it in the fairway and have  around 150 yards left.
  • Hit drives at the end to gain confidence with the driver for the par 5s and long par 4s.
    My philosophy is that you must hit the fairway on par 5s.

I recently read an article that indicated that practicing with one  particular club until
you master it is not effective practice.
They advocate bouncing around to different clubs: a driver, followed by a wedge,
followed by a 7 iron.

I agree, to a certain degree. That’s why I practice fades, draws, straight, high and
low shots with the same club. This is in effect hitting different shots and causing your
brain think about the shot and not become locked into the same routine.

Look forward to working with you all,  spreading the good word about the golf
swing, and helping you all play better golf and have more fun doing it.


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