Shooting lower scores on the golf course usually requires more practice. However, many golfers can practice the same amount and improve their golf game by practicing the right parts of the game. If you want to shoot lower scores, you need to practice your short game more than anything else does.
Simply put, you hit more putts, chip shots and wedges than anything else. You might hit 14 drivers or long tee shots, and up to 18 long iron shots per round, but you will hit around 30 putts per round.
Proper Practice for Better Golf
1. Time allotment
Splitting up your practice time doesn't need to be difficult. Everybody has 100% of their practice time to work with, whether they practice 2 hours a week or 20 hours a week. For this example, we will assume you practice for 100 minutes (1 hour 40 minutes) because it's an easy number to work with. Here's how you should split this time.
Based on 100 minutes of practice time:
Short Putting - 15% (15 minutes) Long Putting - 15% (15 minutes) Chipping - 20% (20 minutes) Pitching - 20% (20 minutes) Short Irons/Wedge Shots - 15% (15 minutes) Long Irons/Hybrids/Woods (from fairway) - 5% (5 minutes) Tee Shots (including Driver, Woods and Hybrids) - 10% (10 minutes)
2. Practicing Correctly
Not only do you need to split your practice time properly, but also you need to practice the right types of shots. Spending time with a professional teacher to learn the proper way to chip, pitch and hit short iron shots can really help with your practice. These three areas of your game will also help with your full swing, as they are smaller versions of the full swing.
Work on drills and practice from different places around the green when you chip and pitch. As you work with your wedges, figure out what type of swing allows you to hit the ball certain distances. If you take a wedge game on the course and you know exactly what type of swing you need to hit the ball 65 yards or 45 yards, you will leave shorter putts and shoot lower scores.
Consistent practice will make a difference. Even if all you can do is putt inside for 5 minutes a day, if you do it consistently, you will find that your putting stroke improves. Don't try to fix everything in one week. Understand it will take more than just a week to break through the next plateau in your golf game. Commit a specific amount of time every week and make sure you keep your commitment.
Taking Practice to the Course
One of the best ways to see how you are improving is to keep more than your score on the course. This will also help you see which areas you are weakest in. Keep track of how many putts you take per hole, how many times you get up and down from inside 20 yards (this means one chip or pitch onto the green and a made putt), how many greens you hit in regulation and how many fairways you hit.
If you do this before you start working with a new practice routine, it will help you to seek the results. Each time you see your putts go lower or you see your chipping improve, you will know from the stats you are keeping how much you are improving. Keeping these stats in a spreadsheet will also provide you with averages over each month and you will see how fast you can improve in specific areas.
This will also help you to see where your weaknesses are. If you only get up and down 20% of the time, you need to work on your chipping. Usually this means you are not chipping and pitching the ball close enough to the hole to make the putt. However, if you see that you are taking more than 35 putts a round, maybe you need to work on your putting. Use these stats to help you lower your scores on the course.
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