Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Must Play Courses - BY SEAN FO­LEY

If you’ve ever won­dered why you can’t repli­cate that swing you grooved on the range when you play golf, it’s be­cause tra­di­tional prac­tice habits have about as much to do with per­form­ing on the golf course as run­ning on a tread­mill does to com­plet­ing the Bos­ton Marathon. Sure, to play bet­ter golf, prac­tic­ing your swing me­chan­ics is im­por­tant. But at some point, if you’re not pre­par­ing your­self for what a round of golf is re­ally all about, your time on the prac­tice tee will be lit­tle more than just that – time on the prac­tice tee. uThis is a sad statis­tic to con­sider, but more Navy SEALs have died in train­ing in the past four years than they have in com­bat. What that should tell you is their prepa­ra­tion for bat­tle is so ex­treme, they can deal with vir­tu­ally any stress­ful sit­u­a­tion they en­counter in the field. Keep that in mind when you prac­tice. In­stead of hav­ing no ac­count­abil­ity for what you do, make it as close as pos­si­ble to what it’s like on the golf course. Out there, from shot to shot, it’s pass or fail. And the more fa­mil­iar and com­fort­able you are with that en­vi­ron­ment, the bet­ter you’ll per­form when it mat­ters. Here I’ll give you some ideas to ramp up your prac­tice and get you – bat­tle ready. WITH RON KASPRISKE

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