How to practice like a pro

When you go to a tour event on a Monday or Tuesday, you see what real practice is all about. We’re not talking about a quick warmup before a round. We’re talking about truly working on your game, as if it’s the most important thing in the world. But tour pros are not just beating balls or blindly rolling putts. They make their practice productive by using props–shafts, yardsticks and other devices–to check their alignment, their ball position, their swing plane, their putting path. This is work. It’s what they do for a living. And if done correctly, it pays dividends.      Want to practice like a pro? Here’s what you do:

Have a game plan. Before you ever pull a club from your bag, get your “game plan” set. What am I working on and how will I do it the most affective? What has my teacher emphasized and how? Review notes from last lesson/practice.

       Don’t be in a hurry. Prepare yourself for a slow efficient practice, lots of practice swings and positions.

       Make yourself a practice station on the range. Always put shafts or other clubs on the ground to check that your stance line is square to your target line. Finally, put a shaft in the ground to the side of your body on the same angle as your clubshaft at address. (See Vijay below)This will help you determine if your swing is on plane.

Practice with a purpose

Practice with a purpose

Understand that one practice session seldom helps. It takes time, patience and repetition to create a natural successful adjustment. Tour players realize it takes 1000s of swing/strokes to effectively make a change. Patience, persistence and perfect practice.

Now if you really want to practice like a pro, always place the ball you’re about to hit directly behind the divot you just made. Try to eliminate the smallest amount of turf from the range. Also notice that tour pros take shallow divots.

Remember – Golf is a game of slow improvement.

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