The ideal half-hour practice routine
Got 30 minutes to work on your game? Make sure you use it wisely.
GROOVE YOUR FEELS
Spend the first 10 minutes on any practice drills, swing thoughts or feels you are trying to build into your swing. It’s best to use a shortish iron and an alignment aid like a clubshaft or a cane to ensure you are hitting shots from a square/neutral address position.
TEST YOUR ACCURACY
For the next five minutes, take a longer club and visualise the shot you want to play in your mind’s eye before hitting it. Choose different targets and hit, say, 10 balls. Set a realistic target for successful outcomes and try to beat it .
CHIP AND PUTT
Spend the final 15 minutes working on short-range chip shots and long-range putting. From fairly close to the chipping green hit a 7iron to three or four holes. Repeat the process with each club until you reach your lob wedge. To enhance your long-range feel, find three or four 30-footers and aim to leave yourself a specific total remainder distance.