Winter is upon us and I’m sure many of you have started to spend some time hitting balls at your local range as daylight and course conditions limit your golf course time. I view this time of year as a great opportunity to review your golf this year and make a plan for the new season when it arrives.
If you are someone who likes to practice, you visit the range on a regular basis then this week’s video will show you a simple practice routine which creates the structure you need to improve your game in the shortest time possible.
Without doubt one of the best known phrases in any sport is,
“Practice makes Perfect”
Unfortunately this just isn’t true. We will only perfect what we are practicing and consistent repetition of a bad golf swing will simply engrain that bad swing. Furthermore if your practice routine doesn’t in some way replicate how you play on the course then you will find it almost impossible to take any improvements you do make out onto the course.
Ask yourself honestly; are you a golfer who hits the ball well on the range but not on the course?
The phrase above should read,
“Practice makes Permanent”
Every ball you hit on the range is influencing your golf game, the only question is, are you making yourself better or worse? I see so many golfers walking onto the range with 100 balls and a Driver, pour the balls into an electric mat and then smash balls down the range as fast as the machine will tee them up. Be aware this is NOT practice but exercise! You’re getting a workout but this has nothing to do with improving your game. There have been instances where I have banned pupils from practicing on the range as their habits were so poor they simply made themselves worse. For these players time out on the course was far more productive as they “practiced by playing”.
A practice session should include
· Multiple clubs.
· Hitting shots to a specific target.
· No more than one or two swing thoughts
· Having Fun
Hitting fewer balls with a greater intensity will have a far greater and faster effect than hitting lots of balls with little or no thought. Bad strikes or shots are part of the learning process and simply trying to hit perfect shots should never be the sole aim of a practice session.
If you practice with a friend then a big part of your session can be playing various practice games, different shots to different targets and keeping score. Competitive practice is good. If you would like examples of practice games please e mail firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to give you some ideas.
If you are looking for Christmas present ideas then why not look at our Online Lesson service? At just £10 it’s the ideal way to help your friends and family improve their game.
Click the Swing Analysis tab at the top of the page to view a sample video highlighting how the system works. Simply video a golf swing on your mobile device, register and then send the video via the V1 Golf App. Your lesson will then be returned directly to your e mail address.
The Academy continues to look at winter practice next time with a simple Swing Plane drill.