It’s hard to find time to practice you golf game when life gets in the way. And the million dollar question is, even if you can find the time to practice golf are you sure the practicing the correct things to improve your golf game?
Here are a few golf tips to help you make the most of your time at the driving range.
1) Identify Your Weaknesses and Practice That Aspect Of your Game. One of the biggest mistakes golfers make when practicing – is that they practice what they are good at. I’m guilty of this myself and it’s easy to understand. When I’m pounding the ball off of the tee, but putting poorly — It’s much more fun to drive a bucket of balls off of the golf mats, strike a pose and watch the ball sail a few hundred yards rather than head down to the putting green and get depressed missing a pile of four-footers.
2) Now that you have determined what it if that you want to practice you have to you need to determine practice drills that will help. I also like to come up with goals that indicate success. For example I’ll pledge not to leave the practice green until I make 8 out of ten putts from without leaving a putt short. This is where professional golf instruction will pay off – have your golf pro give you specific drills to work on during your practice session and keep a golf practice journal to chart your progress as well as struggles. One of the worst things you can do is practice in ignorance – you could actually be practicing and reinforcing your swing faults.
3) Practice at Home – Ask your instructor for golf drills that you can do at home (inside or in your backyard). Some drills can even be done without a club or ball (core weight transfer drills, one piece takeaway,…) There are some great golf practice mats available today that make it easy to work on your short game in the backyard to help develop touch around the green.
4) Practice at the office – If you have a casual office atmosphere, see if you can get an office putting green. We have a putt off every day we can at my office and chart the results on a calendar for all to see. The putts are 6-foot and in and usually we keep the putting mat flat. You wouldn’t believe the pressure – great practice for the real thing.
5) Seek Feedback – Get A Golf Mirror or have your Spouse or friend give you feedback. Sometime what we think we are doing in our mind is not at all what we are doing in reality. If your trying not to sway or dip or slide – ask for some feedback or get some other training aids that will tell you the truth.
6) Practice slowly and deliberately on the driving range. If your in full swing mode for example go through your whole routine – pre shot, address, practice swing, and swing. And then evaluate each shot and try and pick-up and flaws in your swing. The Same goes for putting drills on the practice green – approach each shot like it’s the real deal. This will increase your consistency dramatically when it’s time to take it to the course.
7) Journal – Journal – Journal – Journal your practice sessions and rounds played. Track fairways, greens in regulation, and putts at a minimum. And remember to practice the weak areas of your game. You may not see a drop in your scores right away, but stay with and I guarantee you will. A good positive measure is to to track your good holes for example how many pars, birdies, and bogies (depending on your handicap) did you get. If you better your good scores, your big numbers will also drop and you’ll start seeing better scores.