In order to practice we must first know how to practice! There are two basic types of practice.
1. Mechanical Practice
2. Playing Practice
A majority of players think that practice is beating golf balls. WRONG, that is just hitting balls. There must be a purpose for improvement. In reality if you’re working on something in your swing then “you must work on this correctly even if you miss ball, until you don’t miss it anymore! There is no acceptable alternative.” (Homer Kelley)
- Here are some ideas for you to think about the next time you go out to mechanical practice.
- Always lay down a reference line for alignment
- Use a 7 iron to train with, even if you’re having trouble with the Driver. These clubs are easier to engrain a “feeling” or mechanical imperative than the Driver
- Verify YOUR fundamentals, grip, aim, alignment, posture, ball position, plane angle, etc
- Start by loosing up with a sand wedge – it’s the heaviest club in the bag – and hitting little chip shots, then move into small pitch shots.
- This builds a strong foundation for learning the proper Impact Alignments
- Focus on whatever it is that you are trying to improve on mechanically. Do drills to help enforce this change
- Every half hour put down the clubs and take a break. Alternate between the long game and the short game. Remember, as your chipping gets better your pitching gets better and then your full swing gets better
- Set realistic goals and time frames to achieve them. If you want to win the Club Championship but have a 15 handicap then give yourself time to work on the things that will get you there. For instance, if you putt well but pitch poorly, then spend more time pitching and less time putting
- When it’s time to play forget mechanics and focus on the target! You must learn to separate playing from practice.
Chuck Evans – Executive Director of Instruction – Medicus Golf Institute