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I write in re­sponse to Nigel Birch’s let­ter (Open is­sue) con­cern­ing pro­duc­tive prac­tice and the need to repli­cate an on-course ex­pe­ri­ence. Here’s a story that ab­so­lutely called for need­less ball bash­ing.

I re­ceived an in­vite at the start of April for a so­ci­ety day out at the end of the month but I hadn’t picked up a club since Oc­to­ber 2015.

Through a mix­ture of other com­mit­ments and par­tic­u­larly bad weather, I didn’t play un­til the week be­fore the out­ing. I ground the rust off my clubs and had a bounce game with a friend. I was lucky to hit 110 when I would nor­mally ex­pect to score in the mid-80s, so I knew my game needed a se­ri­ous work­out.

On three oc­ca­sions dur­ing the week be­fore the out­ing I bashed 200 balls at the range, per­fect­ing my ad­dress, ball po­si­tion, swing plane, tim­ing, chip­ping... the lot. I had to ac­quaint my­self with each club again to know where to po­si­tion the ball and, most im­por­tantly, feel con­fi­dent.

On the morn­ing of the event I al­most bet on my­self win­ning due to the surge in con­fi­dence my ball­bash­ing en­deav­ours had given me.

Rory McIl­roy came in for crit­i­cism for his com­ments be­fore The Open

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