Practice Like A Pro

Learn how to practice effectively and start seeing results

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I remember watching Nick Faldo practice at Riviera, where he hit consecutively one fade, one straight drive and one draw with his 4-wood. He did this for 15 minutes straight. This is about practicing golf. Bubba Watson certainly has practiced shaping shots, and this led to trusting his swing when it mattered most, in a playoff to win the Masters.

When you practice, don't settle on hitting the same shot two times in a row. Out on the course, you'll likely never be forced to hit the same shot twice in a row anyway, so why practice like that? Work on hitting a variety of shots with each club, and go back occasionally to the one you struggle with. You may find you produce better results hitting some shots over other shots, meaning you know what shots you can turn to when you need a clutch shot out on the golf course.

For example, let's say you're on a hole and it's a long dogleg-right par-4. Your practice has shown that you produce better results hitting draws than you do fades, so the right play still may be to hit a draw on that right-leaning hole. The point is, always play to your strengths first, then let the hole dictate what shots you're going to hit. You don't ever want to force a shot you're not comfortable with.

Practicing a variety of shots will help you determine the shots you can count on out on the golf course.

When practicing on the range, get used to hitting shots that feel uncomfortable to you. Imagine holes that are shaped the opposite way of your natural ballflight and rehearse the steps necessary to hit the fairways and greens. The range is a blank canvas for your imagination. Use it!

If you're feeling tentative with your putting stroke, build some confidence and work on some short putts. Not only will you develop more confidence, but you also may very well develop a better putting stroke! By not being fixated on missing putts, rolling in short two-footers will help you get a better feel for a stroke that's unencumbered by negative thoughts and feelings. In fact, I've seen some of the best putting strokes from my students come from putts inside two feet because they have no fear of missing such a short, easy putt.


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