USE THE PRACTICE TEE PROPERLY
The practice tee is the most misused place in golf. For some it is a social place, for others a place of exercise, for some a place to groove a bad attitude, or a place to add extra thoughts. For me it is a place to groove habits. I teach my students to use it effectively and efficiently. It is a place to perfect your alignment. It’s no good hitting balls if you don’t know your target. Your thought process must be considered. You must know what you are going to practice, and each shot must get full attention.
Don’t play on the practice tee. If the ball doesn’t go where you want, don’t tell yourself that’s in the water. Bad mojo for your brain. The practice tee is a place for drills. Use drills to improve your swing. Too much technique means your swing gets stiff and controlled.
Practice as much short game as long game, instead of what you are good at. Teach your brain and body to communicate. Learn to quieten the brain and let your body take over. That happens after hitting lots of balls. You are only as good as your current thinking. Use your imagination to improve visualisation, and trust in your swing. Use your course stats – fairways hit, greens in regulation, putts and sand saves – to help formulate a practice strategy.
If you use the practice tee correctly your game will improve, your swing become more consistent under pressure, and your play more respectful and calm.