Are you a golfer who finds that practice is mundane or boring?
Are you a Golfer who is frustrated that you hit the ball better on the range than in the Medal?
Practice is a curious thing. I'm sure many of you will answer Yes to one or both of the questions above and yet, many of you will make regular trips to the Driving Range.
I have a long held belief that the advent of the Driving Range has in fact been damaging to the improvement rate of many golfers. They make practice much more convenient but if you go and watch golfers behaviour for half an hour at your local range you will be amazed at what you see. Golfers pouring huge buckets of balls in automatic mats and then just swinging away, every few seconds, very often with only one club and very often with the Driver.
Please understand that this is NOT practice
It's has nothing to do with how we play the game out on the course and that is crucial if you are to improve your game. Yes we need to practice our swing mechanics, especially if we are making changes but this MUST be only a part of your practice time.
European Tour Sports Psychologist, Lee Crombleholme, who features on the HDiD Academy has a very important principle.
"Practice like you play to play like you practice"
This means you must be able to introduce targets and variety into a practice session. To have some sort of scoring or measurement of the result to introduce pressure to the shot. To be able to keep a record of your score from one practice session to another.
The new Flighscope Xi Radar Launch Monitor does this and more. The first launch monitor designed and priced for you, the golfing public. It allows you to practice on the range to specific targets with a set number of shots to each. The targets can appear at random, recreating situations you face on the course. It demands you take weather conditions into account, allowing for wind if you're to hit your target and it quickly shows you whether you really hit each club as far as you think.
By completing tests programmed into the App you will quickly see your strengths and weaknesses, you can compare your performance to PGA Tour players and load your results into leaderboards showing golfers all over the world.
It is then possible to create your own tests, perhaps set at the yardages you hit each club or recreating the shots needed to play your home course. You decide on the size and shape of the targets and how many shots you hit to each one.
Practice will never be boring again! More importantly you are following Lee's principle, your practice is
This is also called a SMART Goal or task. This is how the best players in the world practice and how they improve. Both Lee and I use this in our coaching and it produces amazing results for many players.
In my opinion this is the most important development in golf and practice since the driving range first appeared in the UK.
Find out more about Flightscope Xi by going to www.miasportstechnology.com or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
HowDidiDo Members can claim a 5% discount on Flightscope Xi units.
If your Club Professional or Coach has Flightscope ask him/her to show you the Skills Tests.