‘How practice rounds let you master shots’
Solve problem shots in your stress-free practice
I am not competitive at all when I practise on the course. Yes, I’m trying to hit the best possible shots, but I am not keeping score – it is more the balance of hitting the right shot and playing holes like they’re meant to be played. If I just practised on the driving range and then went out to compete with my buddies in a money match and faced a dog-leg left around a tree, I’d just opt for my ‘go to’ shot to make sure I found the fairway. But in my new way of practising, I try to actually hit the correct shots for the hole because I know in the long run that is going to be more helpful. So I’ll throw five balls down and learn how to hit a draw round the tree when I need to. In the end my ultimate goal is to hit that shot during a tournament. If the next hole asks for a fade, then that is what I will hit. This is the best way to improve, I think.