Can You Take Your Game to the Course
How many times do we hear, “I can hit the shots when I practice, but I cannot do it on the golf course?” I always have students that tell me they practice their golf game a lot, yet they never seem to improve. I feel better practice habits are very important for the golfer to improve after a lesson, and then take what they’ve practiced to the course. There are a couple ways to practice and I believe we need balance in our practice sessions to see results. The first type of practice is called block practice. Block practice is used most often just after you have taken a lesson. This is where you have a pile of balls and you are working on making changes in your swing or with your short game. You hit each ball focused on the changes you are trying to make. This is also the time you are working on the drills you received from your instructor during your lesson.
The second type of practice is random practice. Random practice is when you are working on the changes so they will transfer to the golf course. You will hit different clubs to different targets with your focus on target and not technique. It is important to have good fundamentals throughout your golf game, but you also have to be able to transfer the changes to the golf course. I encourage golfers to go through their routine on every shot during this part of their practice session. It is important to treat these shots as if you were playing on the golf course. I even encourage the golfer to play some holes on the range hitting the clubs they would normally hit on each hole. Make each shot mean something.
It is also important to practice all aspects of your game. You need to focus on your full swing, chipping, pitching, bunker shots and putting. There are too many golfers that just go to the range and hit balls. During their range time they are just rapid firing balls instead of having a plan for their practice.
So the next time you go to practice try these steps:
- Write out a plan before you leave for the course and stick to your plan. Your plan should include a couple different areas of practice (full swing and short game).
- Include some block practice and end with random practice.
- Play a few holes on the range before you leave.
- Make notes on your practice session before you leave. For example, What you were working on and the results you were seeing. What were you feeling? etc.
I hope these practice suggestions will help you lower your scores. For more tips and information sign up for our newsletter below, or come visit us at Kandi Comer Golf located at Old Trail Golf Club in Crozet, just west of Charlottesville, Virginia