By Paul Myers
Every golfer knows that it is important to practice their game if they want to improve and lower their scores. Unfortunately, many golfers give up on practicing because they don’t see the results of their efforts actually showing up on the course. It isn’t that their golf practice is pointless, it is just that they may not know how to practice properly to best get results from the time they put in. Once you understand how to practice a better way, you will be far more likely to see your scores drop – and that is the point at the end of the day.
Start by Nailing Short Putts
Nothing can ruin some people’s rounds faster than missed short putts, so you might start out your golf practice session with a round of four footers to get your confidence up. There are no tricks to this kind of golf practice – just set down several golf balls around four feet away from a practice putting hole, and try to make as many in a row as possible. To build pressure, set a goal for yourself that you have to reach before moving on. For example, you could decide that you need to make 10 straight before you head over to the driving range.
Are you a golfer who hits your driver 10 or 12 times in a row on the driving range? If so, you may be wasting your time and possibly even hurting your game. When was the last time you hit a driver that many times in a row on the course? Never. Hopefully anyway! Playing golf is all about moving back and forth between your clubs and being able to swing each of them properly. So, if you have to play that way on the course, it only makes sense to spend some time practicing that way as well. As you work through a bucket of practice balls, try moving back and forth between long and short clubs to best replicate what you will be doing on the course. You may even pretend that you are playing the holes from the course on your driving range.
Don’t Forget Chipping
For some reason, chipping seems to be the forgotten part of the game of amateur golf. Despite being hugely important to the score that you post on the course, many golfers completely neglect chipping during their practice sessions. If you are serious about playing better, you should immediately focus some of your golf practice time on chipping. Vary the shots that you hit, and put your ball in a variety of difficult lies that you can practice from. Chipping is a skill that involves a level of feel and touch, so the more golf practice time you can put in, the better it may become.
Proper golf practice should not only be productive, but fun as well. Figure out which parts of your game are in need of the most work, and then focus on them during your practice sessions. Once you dial in a routine that works for you and addresses all of the areas of your game, you should quickly notice that you are performing better out on the course.
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