by Carlie Edwards
How many times have you been at a driving range and witnessed
stall after stall filled with tired looking golfers endlessly
pounding balls. Many golfers, in spite of of their proficiency
level, are guilty of wasting their practice time. Most have
chosen the large bucket and believe only of launching all
those small pellets with the big stick.
Are you practicing without a purpose? Why?
HAVE A SYSTEM FOR YOUR PRACTICE If you do not desire to
get lessons, there is a wealth of knowledge accessible in
books, magazines and on the Internet. The principal step in
improving your golf is finding out more about the swing. Find
some knowledge connected to a portion of your game you are
battling with. You'll probably find numerous articles connected
to any and every golf sin you could possibly commit. You need
to understand what you need to do to improve, and what are
the possible causes of your problem. Concentrate on what the
causes and effects are. There are likely to be multiple reasonable
causes and solutions.
NOT HITTING THE DRIVING RANGE YET Instead of running to
hit that next large bucket, gather those golf tips you learned
and apply them in front of a full-length mirror. This is peculiarly
productive if you are working on your setup or stance. You
can simply compare your body posture with those of the pros
in the magazines. Take your back swing in slow motion, stopping
at different points to again compare your stance with the
pro. This exercise is intended to help you picture and feel
a good golf swing.
GO FOR A SMALL BUCKET OF BALLS When you ultimately get to
the range, your mind is no question filled with energy and
excitement, as you get ready to apply your new thoughts. This
is excellent. But, bear in mind that it is quality golf practice,
not quantity, which counts. Go with the small bucket and take
your time. Relax between shots. Agree in your mind to believe
about what you are striving for on or before each shot. Apply
one thought about your swing before each practice shot. Too
many thoughts will end in 'paralysis of analysis'. After each
shot, reflect not just exclusively on the result, but how
the swing felt. Always ask yourself what you did right, not
what you did wrong.
MAINTAIN PATIENCE - YOU WILL SEE IMPROVEMENT Don't be impatient.
This can only help enhance your game in the long run. Don't
forget to remain focused on improving your weaknesses. It
makes little sense to expend 75% of your golf practice time
working on your strong points. Know that betterment takes
time! No person goes from a twenty-handicap down to a single-digit
overnight. But, if you apply these tips, you'll be building
your grasp of the sport as you practice.
PRACTICE WITH SOMEONE You can triple the effectiveness of
your golf practice if you take a partner with you. You can
share a large bucket and one stall. Taking turns, you should
each take a few shots. Tell your companion what you are working
on and ask him to recount how it looks. Observe one another
from the side and behind to get different types of angles.
Ask your partner to concentrate on different types of fundamentals
of the swing: the grip, setup, plane, top of back swing, lower
body position, shoulder turn, etc.
About the Author
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