Here’s a terrifying on-course situation: Your ball rests on a tight piece of turf, 30 feet from the hole; in between, there’s a yawning bunker just waiting to gobble up any mishap. Oh, and you’ve got about 10 feet of slick, downhill green on which to land and stop the ball to have any prayer of getting it close.
Now imagine facing the exact same shot, only this time you’re at the short-game practice area. Not so scary, is it? In fact, it may be a challenge you relish when there are no consequences for failure.
Therein lies the beauty of practice itself. It’s your opportunity to work on every shot, from the simplest to the toughest, without worrying about failure. That makes it the perfect time to experiment, to hone your skills in ways that you simply can’t (or wouldn’t) duplicate on the course.
If you have trouble focusing or overcoming boredom while you practice, this site features articles that can help you liven things up on the driving range and on the putting green. Here we’ll offer tips on making it more fun – and productive – to practice your chipping, pitching and bunker play.
You may never come to relish a fried-egg lie, but a little practice will give you the confidence to conquer it when the heat is on.