Practice the Way You Play Did you know that golf is the one sport where the practice field is different from the actual playing field? For the most part, golf is learned and practiced on the driving range, but played on the golf course. On the range, both newbie and seasoned golfers perfect their swing technique by hitting tens, hundreds, and in the case of professional golfers, thousands of balls into the field. The goal of this exercise is to get so comfortable with the feeling of striking the ball properly, that you no longer have to think about it, and it just comes naturally. Unfortunately, in the process of doing this, most beginner and amateur golfers develop poor habits.
The number one habit that has been witnessed on the practice range time and time again, is hitting the same club over and over and over again in succession. This is good when you are a brand new golfer, and are attempting to get comfortable with the proper grip of the club, swing motion, and making contact with the ball. However, once, you’ve reached the point where you’re connecting with the ball consistently (even if all of your shots aren’t pretty), its now time to practice the way you play. This means, changing your club between shots to simulate what you would experience on the golf course.
Here’s an example: You’re on the tee box on a Par 5, Club Sequence (Driver, Long Iron, Mid Iron, Putter).
It has been said that practice makes perfect, but the more accurate statement is perfect practice makes perfect. If you practice the way you play, two things are bound to happen. #1 You’ll achieve better results when you take your game from the range to the course. #2 You’ll escape the prospect of being dubbed a range superstar.* Now that you’re armed with a good strategy, who’s ready to start practicing? Learn more about our group practice sessions by clicking here. *A range superstar, is one who hits great shots at the driving range, but bombs on the actual golf course.