Improve Your Golf Game With These 5 Tips
Practice on the Driving Range
If you haven’t already got your pre-swing routine in place, the driving range can be an ideal environment to create one that works well for you so that you can implement it when on the course.
Maintaining your focus towards the end of an 18 hole round of golf can be difficult, however creating a pre-shot routine can be perfect for this and may even help you improve your later round golf game.
Creating a swing routine is all personal preference, but once in place it can really help you create tempo and muscle memory to hit good shots consistently.
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To begin with, all you have to do is choose a target on the driving range – this is better if you have a bunker or something physical to pick, but it can also be any area as long as you can identify when you successfully hit the target.
Play a Round on the Course
The golf driving range gives you great practice volume, giving you a great opportunity to refine your swing, but it has a low specificity as it doesn’t always translate to the course well.
Practising on the golf course is undeniably highly specific, however what it falls short on is the volume. According to the national golf foundation, the average golfer carded 100 strokes in an 18 hole round, however out of those, you are unlikely to hit more than 45 long shots – this becomes even fewer for each club type.
This is why a training plan that mixes driving range practice as well as on the course practice will help you.
Use the driving range as an opportunity to test, re-test and refine your swing solutions in a stable environment as this is where you can access the volume required to start to develop habits and the technique you need to help you on the course. However, move on to the course as soon as you can as this is the only way to replicate what it will be like when playing an 18 hole round.
Try Playing With Multiple Balls
Let me preface this point before I continue; this strategy many not be allowed by your golf club at busy times, or ever, however if it is, then continue reading…
Pick a quiet time (make sure you’re not likely to hold up anyone else’s play) and head out for 9 holes and aim to hit a few extra shots from key areas (again, please don’t hold up the whole world behind you). Hitting an extra 3 mid-iron shots on each hole x 9 holes leads to almost 30 shots in a really specific environment.
Optimise Your Practice
If you’re willing to put in the time and really improve your golf game, using a combination of the driving range and the course can be a great way to fully adjust and master the new technique when you make a swing change.
The last thing you want is to be on the course playing competitively when you realise that your new swing isn’t doing what you want…
When you make a swing change, aim to work your way through these four steps so that you can be sure that you have it mastered by the time you’re playing competitively. Begin with step one, then progress towards steps four as you make progress:
- Blocked practice on the range
- Skill games on the range
- Multiple balls on the course
- Competitive play on the course
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