Improve Shot Mechanics AND Feel!
OK, I confess – I have read about and blogged about the value of using Variable Practice Techniques to improve my short game. But I have not drunk enough of my own "Kool Aid." Until this past Friday.
All of the modern day research and results makes it clear that – if you really want to improve your golf game – one of the best ways is to not hit the same shot over and over – but to practice different shots of different types.
So I committed myself to practicing what I have been preaching. For about 45 minutes before I played this past Friday, I used the following short-game practice approach:
- I practiced with my 50, 54, and 58 degree Edel wedges (I love these wedges!);
- I dropped 10 balls at different locations from the practice green. I hit 10 shots with my 50 degree wedge – varying type of shot – low runner and higher pitch – and hit each shot to a different target on the green. I never hit the same shot twice in a row;
- I took a 5 minute break;
- Then I did the same with my 54 degree wedge (different targets, different types of shots). Then a 5 minute break;
- Then the same with my 58 degree wedge (different targets, different types of shots). Then one final 5 minute break;
- Finally, I hit 10 shots out of the bunker with my 58 degree wedge. Every shot different in terms of distance and target.
I had two major – at least for me – experiences from this type of practice:
- First this was WAY MORE FUN TO DO than what I typically do which is to hit most shots to the same targets from the same locations. More engaging and interesting;
- Second – particularly for the bunker shots – I had a sense that this practice approach helped me to develop more FEEL creating different types of shots. Usually I hit almost all bunker shots about the same distance. Does this really happen on the golf course – of course not!
I can see that continuing this practice approach is going to help me become more comfortable with all types of short game shots. More confidence – better results – lower scores.
How about YOU? Can you apply this to your practice sessions? Can you suggest an even better practice approach? Please comment.
Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!