If you’re a golfer, you’ve probably heard or even said this to yourself before – “I can hit it so well on the range but I can’t seem to take it onto the golf course.” – Ranger Rick…
The problem is when a player beats balls on the range they fail to get into an on-course mind-set. The result is when actually playing the course; he or she makes mental mistakes and lacks the imaginative power necessary to be a creative shot-maker.
The goal is to find a way to stir the imagination and become a more rounded shot-maker.
Over the past 8 years of teaching, I have always advocated the importance of a “random practice schedule” where the brain is constantly readapting to change.
Most golfers when practicing will stick with the same club until the feeling is their swing is grooved. It is the same with other sports such as practicing free throws, or a musician practicing a certain piece until it is down pat. That is what is referred to as a “block practice schedule” and it is the way most people have gone about learning a number of different tasks, but it is woefully ineffective for learning the intricacies of developing a skill.
Instead, I recommend you follow this random practice procedure:
When practicing drives, fairway-wood shots, medium irons, short irons, wedges, pitches, chips, putts, pretend that you are actually playing a shot on your home course. If you relate a practice shot to an actual course situation, you will feel more comfortable out on the course. Change your targets often. Additionally, pretend you landed in trouble and need to bend the ball around a tree by hitting either a fade or draw recovery shot. Practice these shots, so when you’re on the course you will be better able to see the same shots come to life in your mind’s eyes and execute them like a pro.
Don’t be a Range Pro, be a Golf Pro!