Perfect practice makes permanent
1. WARM UP! Stretch your muscles in your legs, back, arms and shoulders. Hold two clubs together and swing slowly as normal after this to warm up even more. 2. As Greg Norman did, start with a short iron and work up through the bag (the driver being the last club). The shorter club will enable you to ease yourself into hitting shots and there will be less chance of injury. 3. Aim at a target and use clubs/ alignment sticks laid on the ground (one near your feet line and another a few inches from the ball just outside the target line. i.e. Tram track alignment. 4. Chipping and putting is 50% of your score, so give it 50% of your practice time.
1. Aim at a target, and using 10 balls as a skills test, see how many you can get within a 15-metre width. Always try to beat your best score. If you manage to get 10/10 a few times then decrease the width to 10 metres. 2. After you have warmed up, for your practice to become more realistic, pretend you are playing a round of golf on your home course. Hit the clubs you would normally expect to hit at each hole in order. 3. At each tournament practice day I have been to, a large percentage of the pros go through their pre-shot routine on each shot on the range so they can make it natural in competition when you need your swing to work under pressure. 4. Focus on what you are doing. 50 balls with full concentration on each practice swing and shot is better than 100 just bashing balls (I see this regularly on the range). 5. Work out how far you can hit each club so you can take your practice to the course. Go to a flat practice ground on a calm day, hit 10 balls, pace out the distance, remove the best two and the worst two and work out the average distance. If this is not possible, you can do this with a GPS measuring device as well.
AROUND THE GREEN
1. Aim at various targets and vary the length and type of shot to increase your feel. 2. With chipping, use 3 balls and chip at the same flag from different lies. 3. Throw 5-10 balls in a bunker and play them all as they lie. 4. Playing against a friend, give each other lies around the green and in the bunker and play nearest to the pin.
The Clock Drill: Place 4 tees around the hole 2 or 3 feet away (the length of your putter) at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock (as pictured).
Using one ball only, see how many you can get in a row. Always try to beat your best score as this will simulate the pressure of competition when you are putting to beat your best score.
Spend most of your time practising these putts. Tiger Woods in a year had 4,211 putts from 3 feet in practice and in competition; and he only missed 2 putts. Long Range putts: Now that you have the clock drill tees in place, see how many balls in a row you can get into the 3 foot circle from long range ( say, 20 feet) , always trying to beat your best score each time you practice. Matchplay: Play matchplay with a friend on the putting green. Adding pressure to your practice will hold you in good stead when in competition. Single Strokeplay : Using one ball only, do as many 2 putts from long range as possible in a row. Small Hole: Practice aiming at a ball at home on the carpet or at a tee on the putting green.