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Selecting the Proper Practice Technique

If you want to get better at golf, you need to spend some quality time at the practice range – but you probably already know that. You aren’t going to get better just by hoping to score lower, you need to actually get out there and do something about it. While it is a great thing to spend more time on your game, you also need to know what to work on and how to spend your time if you are going to get the best possible return.

Too many golfers head out to the driving range and don’t have any concept of what they are going to work on, or how long they are going to work on it. What this inevitably leads to is wasted time that could have been spent actually getting better. When you head to the practice tee with a specific plan, and then execute that plan, you can improve your game much faster.

For the following practice plan, imagine that you have one hour during which to practice. If you have longer or shorter, you can adjust the plan accordingly, but the basic outline should remain the same.

Chipping – 20 Minutes

The most-neglected part of the game, spending time chipping may be the fastest way to lower your scores. Find a practice chipping green around the facility and work on a variety of shots from different lies and distances. If there is a practice bunker available, this would be the time to drop a few balls in there and work on your sand game as well.

Hitting Balls – 20 Minutes

Hitting balls for just twenty minutes is plenty of time to improve your swing if you are focused and get right to work. One of the best ways to spend your range time is by working up and down your bag from short clubs to long clubs and back. This will make sure that all of your clubs get a workout, and you don’t get stuck pounding drivers like so many other amateurs.

Putting – 20 Minutes

Whatever you do, don’t skip the putting portion of your practice routine. Good putting is the key to lower scores, so spending enough time on the putting green to engrain your technique is essential. Work on putts of all distances, and practice reading the green before each putt to simulate on-course situations.