September 04, 2019 at 12:14 PM
By Skip Guss
Skip GussSouthborough, MA
Don’t Let Your Practice Sessions Become Boring
Practicing can be a GREAT time to improve one’s skills…it can also be deadly to your game. WHHAAATTT??? How can that be? Simple…you hit balls…find your groove…your mind gets bored…you start fiddling around due to the boredom & countless repetitions…and you lose it!
Now, as an instructor, I can look back at those times and realize what was actually happening when this situation occurred with me. I got bored…became distracted…resulting in becoming “lost”.
Here’s a way to avoid a poor practice session the next time you head out to work on your game:
1) Have a Plan: decide, before you get to the practice facility, what you want to work on and what your goals are for that particular session. Best to write it down, too! (Always carry a notebook with you…an invaluable tool to help you play your best!) SEE PHOTO
2) 10-Ball Sessions: Think in terms of “10-ball sessions”. Each segment of your practice routine will be with 10-ball being hit, putted, chipped, pitched, etc. The goal is to give all 10-balls your complete focus…taking time to do your VERY best with each ball.
3) Change It Up: Once you have completed the 10-balls, move onto another aspect of your game (ex: after 10, 30-yd shots, move to the putting green and hit 10, 50-foot putts). Using the plan you wrote down in your notebook, change to a completely different segment of practice after every 10-balls. This will help keep you focused & energized for longer periods of time. So…if you have 10-segments of your game that you wanted to work on during a particular practice session, and you practiced in 10-ball segments, that would mean you gave 100% focus and attention to all 100 balls! WOW!!! That would be fantastic!
4) Record Your Results: After your session has been completed, write down your thoughts on how you did for each segment, and for the practice session as a whole. Don’t be too harsh on yourself, but don’t sugar-coat things either. BE HONEST IN YOUR EVALUATION(S)! These observations will help you in the future…as well as help you formulate the plan & details for your next practice session.
Think about this…formulate a plan…move around & practice multiple aspects of your game…all the while, maintaining a high level of focus. Do this, and your game WILL improve!
Thoughts? Please share!
Chuck ZMt Pleasant, SC
Eric HRidgway, PA
Michael PAthens, AL
September 05, 2019 at 11:29 AM
Very cool. I like the idea of having a plan. One way that I like to practice is to visualize playing a hole in my mind on the range. See yourself on the fist tee, hit the shot required. Take in the result, then hit the next shot required, maybe its an 8 iron to the green, or a low punch out of the trees! Move on to the second tee shot an do the same. I find good results from this.
Todd TSan Diego, CA
Lance PHillsborough, NC
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