You can spend hours practicing your shots, whether you’re on the putting green or at the driving range. But have you ever considered that you may be practicing wrong? While practice is a great thing you can do for your game, some don’t practice for the same things that they encounter while playing a game of golf. So try using some of these tips to help change up your practice, and see where it takes your golf game. Short Game Shots Working on your short game is crucial. Getting the ball close enough to the hole, and then butchering the shot is no good feeling. If you’re taking the same shot over and over again during practice you’re not doing yourself any favors. Try taking different shots, from all different angles. You only get on try on the course, when you’re playing the game, so why give yourself more chances in practice. Take shots from all angles, take one and move on Don’t spend time perfecting one, and then move on. Go straight to the next shot. This can help your short game so much. You’ll be prepared for any shot, from any angle. Under Pressure In your practice, do the same thing. Again, you only get one chance per shot, so don’t set yourself up for failure by giving yourself better odds in your practice. By taking the same shot multiple times, and then finally getting it, you’re telling yourself you’ve got it down. But what if, in a game of golf, it takes you three times again? Give yourself a better chance by moving on in practice. You won’t make every shot, and all you can do is practice. Help your mental game and your game confidence, and stop routinely practicing like this. By doing this, you’ll be able to shrug off the bad shots and move onto the next hole. Different Conditions It would be a perfect world if we could always play golf in the sun, but that’s not always the case. You can help improve your game by practicing in different conditions as well. If it’s a windy day, or rainy day, get out to the driving range or putting green and see how the weather affects your game. Then the next time you’re out playing and weather hits, you’ll be that much more prepared. Get off the turf Turf is fine to practice on, but it’s still turf. If you don’t routinely play on turf, then don’t practice on it. Try to practice on conditions of grass you’re most likely to play on, if you can. Try long grass, short grass, putting on uphill’s and downhills. When you practice for more conditions, your golf play will be better. Practice Practice highly helps your game, but it also depends on your practice routine. Stop perfecting shots you’ll never take in a game, and start switching up what you do. Challenge yourself in practice, and you’ll find that you’ll start to play better rounds of golf, even if presented with challenges. By testing yourself in practice, you’ll be able to get out of your head and enjoy the game.
July 25, 2017 — Natalie Montoya

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