Top 5 Practice Tips
By Terry Koehler, The Wedge Guy
Terry Koehler has been in the golf industry for over 30 years and currently spends his days as the President of EIDOLON Golf, a small premium wedge company in Victoria, Texas. He's been blogging for over 3 years and has written hundreds of articles ranging from golf tips to equipment issues. His blog will appear on ClubSG twice per week. You can reach Terry to have your golf questions answered at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While there are many golfers who barely know where the driving range is located, I think there are fewer who find it a place of adventure, discovery and fun. I’m in the latter group, which could be accented by the fact that I make my living in this industry. But then, I’ve always been a “ball beater”, since I was a kid, but now I approach my practice sessions with more purpose and excitement. There’s no question that practice is the key to improvement in anything, so today’s topic is on making practice as much fun as playing. It was prompted by an email I received from Jesse H., who asked:
I have a problem when I am trying to practice either on the range or the course. On the range, I feel like I rush through shots without a goal. On the course, I get caught up in my score and feel like when I try to practice and keep a real score I get distracted.Well, Jesse, making practice fun and interesting – and challenging if that motivates you – is the key to getting enough of it in your golf routine. As long as I can remember, I’ve loved the range, and find the challenge of learning new ways to make a golf ball do what I would like it to do always to be intriguing. So, Jesse, here are what I believe to be my “Top 5” tips for making practice fun and productive.
1. Have a mission/goal/objective. Whether it is a driving range session or practice time on the course, make sure you have a clearly defined objective . . . how else will you know how you’re doing? It might be to work on iron trajectory, or finding out why you’ve developed a push with your driver. Could be to learn how to hit a little softer lob shot, or a knockdown pitch. But practice with a purpose . . . always.My “bonus” tip, Jesse, addresses that comment about practicing on the course and keeping a real score. Don’t do both. A practice session is just that. On-course practice is hugely beneficial, and it’s best done by yourself, and at a casual pace. Playing three or four holes in an hour or so, taking time to hit real shots into and around the greens, will do more for your scoring skills than the same amount of range time.
So there you have my five practice tips. I’m sure I could come up with more, but then we always have more time, right? See you guys . . . and ladies . . . on Friday.
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Thank you for taking the time to share these tips with us. I can't help but wonder where you are playing that you can sit there and hit putts after each hole or take up to an to play 3 or 4 holes. It seems to me I would be asked to leave the course if I were doing that during play.
Maybe someone could comment on this and I could learn from that aspect as well.
Thank you again for your time.
Tropfish, I can do that at my private club in the evenings, fortunately. I understand this is tougher for those who play public courses, but many have "twilight specials" for play after mid-afternoon, and that might be a solution for you. At the very least, you can make practice games around the chipping green in most places to give yourself some sense of "reality".
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