Make sure to choose the proper practice technique
- By Erik Horve, SwingFix instructor
- Mar 1, 2013 7:00 AM ET
One of the hardest things to do in the game of golf is to transition from the practice tee to the golf course.
Have you ever felt like your range practice was good but when you take it to the course that same feeling is nowhere to be found?
The answer to this dilemma could be in the way that you practice. There are three different types of practice - block, random and variable - that should be utilized to help you transition your game from the range to the course.
Let’s take a closer look at each of these types of practice:
• 1. Block Practice: This is what you see at the range everyday. Golfers hitting golf balls one right after the other with no particular purpose. This is quantity practice but not always quality practice. Block practice is great when you are trying to master a particular swing position and need to get your "reps" in.
• 2. Random Practice: This is what will help you transition your range game to the golf course. Random practice is where you actually practice like you are going to play. With random practice, you are preparing for the course by hitting different clubs shot after shot. The next time you are at the range imagine that you are playing each hole of your home course on the range. This type of practice should include a strong focus on your pre-shot routine. Random practice is extremely effective in creating good on-course habits. It will take longer to practice this way so just grab a small bucket to help you stay focused.
• 3. Variable Practice: In this method, you take a particular skill and vary the way you practice it. For instance, if you decide to practice your 20-30 yard pitch shots be sure that you vary how you play that shot. Work on changing the trajectory of each pitch shot. Start with your standard pitch and then vary it by hitting the ball lower and higher. And be sure to adopt this approach with every shot you practice during a given session.
Take the time to "Practice Like a Pro" and you will see the results of your hard work on your scorecard.
SwingFix instructor Erik Horve was selected as the 2011 Southern California PGA Teacher of the Year.
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