|Golf Article - Practice Techniques
I Want To Play The Worst Golf I Can
Isn't that one of the most ridiculous comments you ever
heard? Well, believe it or not, golfers are constantly saying that too
themselves everyday on the golf course. Do you ever say that to yourself? You
might not even know you are saying that to yourself, but you are if you say
things like - "I stink! I STINK! I hate that DRIVER", or "I have got to be the
WORST putter that ever LIVED!" Well, have you? If you haven't, have you ever
listened to another golfer say it or something resembling these self-defacing
comments? Just because you might be using different words, doesn't mean they do
less harm. I agree. We all want to play our best all the time, but to play your
best; you must be prepared in more ways than one!
To look in another direction for a minute, I want to talk
about practicing golf. Do you ever practice your golf game? How do you
practice? The Driving Range, putting green, practice bunker, or do you putt on
one of those little putting mats you can lay on the floor and the ball rolls
back to you?
But, I mean do you ever practice your golf game? It is great
to practice your stroke (swing) using the above techniques, but there is more
that goes into playing your best golf and lowering your scores than just doing
the above. Do you agree? Have you ever thought of improving your golf in other
ways besides the above?
Ok, what other ways can you improve your golf game? Well, an
understandable choice is mental training. You hear a lot about that now
especially with Dr. Rotella writing 2-books that sold well. How about physical
training? We can credit Tiger for bringing that to the forefront, even though
Gary Player has been preaching it for over 30 years. Come on; think of one more
way to improve.
I am going to tell you what I feel is the best way for you
to practice - it is to practice golf - meaning learn how to challenge yourself
to get to the next level, practice handling the pressure, use practice drills
to stat yourself, and do it all as practice your stroke (swing). Great golfers
do more than just practice their stroke when they want to improve their golf.
For example what do you see when other golfers practice
their putting? Most golfers I see throw 3-balls on the putting green and then
putt them to a hole. If they miss on the first putt, they try to knock them in
the hole on the second one and then go to the next hole. What does that do for
your golf game? The only knowledge you get out of "practicing" this way is that
you learn the speed of that particular green.
This is how I help golfers like you to improve your golf
game - I use a putting game that I call the Tour Putting Square that I learned
from Rick Jensen. When you practice using this game, you will become a mentally
tough putter. And I say tough because the best putters are mentally tough -
Tiger, Jack Nicklaus, Nancy Lopez, Arnold Palmer are the toughest putters that
have lived. They do not get nervous and in fact are confident in their
abilities when facing an important putt that could change their lives or set
aside another spot for them in the record books.
Here is how you can set-up the Tour Putting Square -
- Find a hole that has an uphill, downhill, left to right,
and right to left putt
- Place a tee 3' from the hole for each of the above
- You need to make 3 putts in a row from each tee
- Every time you miss, add 1 point to your score, but you
must make 3 in a row to move to the next tee
- Once you get around the Putting Square, move each tee 1'
back and continue around
- After you complete the Putting Square from 4', move each
tee back another foot
- You must make 3 in a row at each tee from 3', 4', and
5', count your misses
- The scores below are the actual scores from golfers in
their respective categories
- PGA Tour Pro - 0 to 3 misses
- Nationwide Tour (Buy.com Tour) Pro - 4 to 6 misses
- College Player - 8 to 15 misses o 10 Handicap - 18 to 25
If you want to improve your golf, if you want to play more
consistent, you need to practice using Practice Techniques like the Tour
Putting Square. At Hampton Golf Academy we use Practice Techniques for every
part of your game. If you are a 20 handicap, a competitive person and like to
challenge yourself, you should see how we improve your scores by having you
become tough in areas like your Wedge game from 50 yards to the green and in.
And the reason you can do this is because you will be learning how to practice
better as you learn the proper techniques for your game.
If you want to become a better golfer, don't just practice
your stroke (swing); use Practice Techniques to improve your game! As George
Bernard Shaw stated - "Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others
dream things that never were and ask why not."
Marc Solomon, PGA, is the Director of The Hampton Golf
School at The Golf Club at North Hampton in Amelia Island, Florida
www.Golfmadesimple.com. He has been named as a
Top 10 Instructor in America under 40 and is regarded as the
Top Instructor in North Florida. The Hampton Golf School provides
golf instruction that is more beneficial than your ordinary golf lesson. If you
have the desire to improve, checkout his web site at www.Golfmadesimple.com.