Making Practice Pay Off Top 3 Tips

There is a lot to be said for the value of practicing your golf game. Not only can consistent practice help you to post lower scores, but it can also be fun in its own right. At some point, however, the goal is to take your improved skills off of the driving range and out onto the course. When that time does come, you need to have a plan in place, as translating progress on the range into lower scores on the course is not as easy as you might think it should be.

Countless golfers are regularly frustrated by their inability to perform as well on the course as they do during practice. If you count yourself among that group, the tips listed below may help.

  • Pay attention to details in practice. One of the issues you may face when it comes to taking your game from the range to the course is you may not focus as much on the little stuff during practice. For instance, do you check the wind before you hit a shot on the range? Probably not. Do you even bother to pick a specific target for each swing? If you can do a good job of replicating your on-course process during practice, you will get better results. You aren’t going to hit as many shots in a given period of time when you practice this way, but the end result will be more beneficial.
  • Be realistic. You might feel like you are a great ball striker during practice, or a great putter, but is that actually the case? The issue may be with your perception more than anything else. During an upcoming practice session, keep track of how many shots you hit in total, and how many of those you would classify as ‘good’ shots. Most likely, you’ll find that this percentage is pretty close to the way you already play on the course. During practice, it is easier to shake off a bad swing or two, so you forget them much quicker than you do when they take place during a round.
  • Pick smart targets. When on the range, you have a lot of room to work with. Sure, you may pick a specific target for each swing, but there is still a lot of range out there to catch your shot if it goes awry. That is not necessarily the case on the course. If you aim at small, well-protected targets during your rounds, you will have very little margin for error. Those small margins are likely to get in your head, and you may feel far more pressure during your swing than you feel when practicing. To get around this problem, work in picking more conservative targets in many cases. You’ll probably need to aim at a tight spot from time to time, but that should not be the norm.

When you do get a chance to practice your golf game, you want to make that practice count. That doesn’t mean that you are simply going to hit as many shots as possible during a given period of time – rather, it means that you are going to focus, have a plan for your practice session, and work on as many different parts of your game as you can. By consistently practicing in an intelligent manner, there is a good chance you’ll be able to take your game in the right direction. Good luck!