USE THE PRAC­TICE TEE PROP­ERLY

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Locker Room -

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.

LES­SON

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.

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