How to Practice Golf Properly

If you are a golfer, you should already understand the importance of regular practice. Golf is a hard game, and the only way to improve is through smart, consistent practice. If you just show up at the course from time to time and expect to keep getting better, you will sorely disappointed. However, it isn’t enough to just stand on the driving range and swat a whole bucket of balls. You need to have a plan when you practice so you can avoid wasting time and make sure you are making real progress.

Following are five key points that you should follow when you are practicing your game.

  1. Pick a target for each shot. When hitting balls on the range, it is easy to just start mindlessly swinging away. That won’t do much good for your game. Instead, pick out specific targets for each shot and prepare for them just as you would on the course. Take your time in between each ball, and go through your whole pre-shot routine each time. It might take you a little longer to work through the bucket of balls, but your practice will be far more valuable.
  2. Hit short putts every practice session. If you only have time to practice one element of your game, it should be short range putts. Making your putts from five feet and in is crucial to your score, and you will only get better through consistent repetition. You only need to hit short putts for a few minutes to see improvement, so dedicate yourself to the process and start feeling more confident on the course.
  3. Focus. Don’t treat your golf practice time like a social event. Focus on the task at hand and make sure each shot has a purpose. You will have plenty of time to chat with those around you once you are done putting in your work.
  4. Don’t overdo it. You can practice for too long and actually end up hurting your game. If you get tired, or lose focus, your form will suffer and you might create some bad habits. Don’t let that happen. Set a specific amount of time for your practice session, and call it a day when you hit that point.
  5. Make sure to chip. Chipping gets overlooked all too often during practice sessions. Even just chipping 15-20 balls will help you get the proper feel for your wedge and give you confidence when you face a chip shot on the course.