3 STEPS TO BET­TER PRAC­TICE

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

I’m con­cerned at how golfers im­ple­ment the changes nec­es­sary for more con­sis­tent golf shots, specif­i­cally their range prac­tice. These are my 3 steps to a bet­ter range prac­tice way. 1) Find a point of chal­lenge that you strug­gle with. Find­ing a point of dif­fi­culty takes you to your per­sonal sweet spot of learn­ing. When what we do comes easy to us, it is a sig­nal to make it harder. Add in vari­abil­ity and ran­dom­ness. In­stead of hit­ting a num­ber of the same shots con­sec­u­tively, change clubs all the time, vary the lies, each time al­ter­ing your tar­get. 2) Make a game, task or chal­lenge around what­ever it is you are work­ing on. For ex­am­ple, set a goal of achiev­ing X amount of piv­ots. 3) Space out your prac­tice ses­sions, one day at the range, one day off. Golfers get burned out and suf­fer in­juries, of­ten be­cause of too much time spent on the range. Learn­ing is spe­cific, and spend­ing too much time on the range can con­tex­tu­alise the learned things only to the range en­vi­ron­ment. This is a big rea­son why golfers find it dif­fi­cult to take their range game to the golf course. They have built a range game, and not a golf course game. Time on the range must be backed up with prac­tice on the course.

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