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Goals For Golf Practice

Having a purpose to your golf practice session is a very often overlooked point of why you are spending time on the driving range or practice putting green. If you go into your practice time with no outlined goals, congratulations as you will accomplish just that…nothing. You should realize that you need a purpose for your practice or you will become very bored very quickly and will not see any changes in your game and your scores will not go down. Here are four purposes for golf practice.

Skill Development 
Many of you are probably saying … “No Kidding.�? Hang with me here. Skill development refers to you creating a new skill that you did not already have. Maybe as a new player, you have a death grip on the club through the impact zone and this is not allowing you to release the club properly. You are trying to develop the new skill of releasing the club through the impact zone. Depending on your learning style, there are various ways to learn this new skill. Some of you may prefer to visualize the clubface through impact while others may find a golf drill or a golf training aid more helpful.

Skill Maintenance/Retention 
We all know that in order to play this game a high level, you have to do it. As the old saying goes, if you do not use it you will lose it. This is one of the reasons that you will see better players on the driving range that will still lay clubs down or use alignment sticks to make sure that they are accomplishing what they want to do. Your body does not feel the same from day to day and your perceptions can change as well. No matter what level the student is, it is always interesting to find out where they think that they are aiming because it rarely matches exactly.

Skills Transfer 
This sounds pretty complicated but it really is not. It simply means that you will practice the same way that you plan to play. You will want o simulate playing the golf course in your mind and go through all of your pre-shot routines prior to hitting every shot. This may include picking out your target, gathering the proper yardage, checking wind, checking lie and any other gyrations that you use in your pre-shot routine. Like on the golf course, you should select a different target on every shot. You can simply simulate hitting to a fairway by selecting two trees in the distance or a landing zone between two greens. From there, select a target green for your approach shot, just like on the golf course.

The great part about golf is that you create your own goals. Maybe you just want to get outside and enjoy the weather or you just want to go to the driving range to spend some time with some friends. I know this is true for myself, especially when spring first hits and in late fall, my favorite times of the year. Sometimes you just need to use your golf practice sessions as pure relaxation. That is just fine!

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