How to Practice to be a Scratch/Pro Golfer!
If you are trying to be a scratch golfer or a pro golfer, often people will ask themselves how many balls to hit per day.
Now, having experience watching other aspiring junior golfers when I was a junior golfer, the number of balls you hit actually does not mean anything once you get to a certain point. (Let’s say you can consistently shoot around 75 or lower)
I do however, have experince of hitting 10 buckets per day, that’s about 1,000 balls. I did that for about 3 months during summer and school breaks.
My mom would drop me off at the practice range at 8am, she’d pick me up around 8pm when I was done hitting 1,000 golf balls.
After I grew up and around college I was shooting consistently 3 under par. Those days, I didn’t practice with focus on quantity. However, I did focus on hitting each shot on the range as if it were a real tournament shot.
Now, that is called, quality practice. I still do that same type of practice and even do couple practice swings before I even hit the ball.
What does this do for you? Well, it let’s you hit the best possible shot you can on every practice shot.
Now, I average only 100 balls and practice maybe once a month. But I can still go out to the course any day and shoot around par.
So today’s lesson?
Next time you practice, do the following before hitting each shot:
1. Visualize your golf ball flight and your swing.
2. Make 2 or 3 practice swings matching your visualization and “see” the ball hit perfectly to your target.
3. After doing 1 and 2, go up there and hit that ball without thinking too much. Rely on your muscle-memory to hit it, just like in tournament golf or under pressure situations where you’d have to make a birdie to win all those skins.
Golf is a game of visualization. If you hit 100 balls in a row at the range without clear thinking (visualization) of what you want to do, you are basically instilling that into your brain.
The next time you go out and “play” on the golf course, your practice habits will be present whenever you encounter any kind of pressure.
More Tips on the Range
1. Do not hit the same type of shot more than 10 shots in a row. You need to keep hitting a 5-iron, sand wedge, driver, etc…etc… and keep it rotating.
2. Practice your weaknesses.
Golf is all about lowering your percentage of failure. The more you practice your weaknesses, the less chance you will make bad shots on the course.
3. Practice your strengths.
Golf is also about having your strengths. For example, if I am at 125 yards from the hole, I can promise you that the ball “will” end up within 10 feet 10 out of 10 times. You need to find out what shot you are good and also practice that a lot.
Pros call this, “bread and butter” shot. Every pro has one including Tiger Woods. It’s a shot you can rely on the most toughest situations. Make sure you have couple in your bag.
4. Practice lots of wedge shots from 100 yards in.
I actually do about 50-60% of my practice shots for wedge shots from 30 yard, 50 yard, 75 yard, and 100 yard targets. These are the shots that can save you “lots” of strokes. Tiger practices these about 80% of his practice balls. I did see Tiger practicing couple years ago, where he’d “hit” every target with his wedges.
Now, try these tips and I am sure it will help your score next time on the course especially if you have been banging those poor balls mindlessly and carrying that to the course before.