Every golfer knows that regular golf practice is essential to making any lasting improvement in their game.
But fitting in a weekly trip to the golf range for some golf practice around work and family commitments, while also finding time to play, can be all but impossible. Then there are the long months of winter in which outdoor practice may be impractical even if the necessary time is available.
Golf Practice - Why do so many golfers get it wrong?
We take our lessons, head to the range for some golf practice and make swing after swing, with one singular intention: grooving the perfect swing.
This is called Blocked Training, and just as adding 5 + 5 over and over and over was not an appealing way to learn mathematics in grade school, blocked training is a poor manner to maximize golf practice.
Search for “golf training aids” on a certain well-known e-commerce site and you will be rewarded with more than 1,000 results spread over some 61 pages that can help you with your golf practice.
So clearly there is an enormous market for devices of this kind, and while golfing purists will insist that there is no substitute for hitting balls, there are many players who will swear by the results they have achieved through using them.
If you’ve been playing golf for any length of time, this is probably a familiar scenario.
You’ve had a golf lesson from your local pro or seen a tip in a book, DVD or online program that seems to apply to your game, so you head to the range to work on it during golf practice.
Trying to swing the club in a different way is difficult at first; you feel awkward, clumsy and likely to mishit even the simplest shots. But with persistence comes improvement. The new movement comes to feel natural and you begin to hit the ball well.
No one will deny that regular golf practice is essential to the improvement of performance in any activity. But relatively few golfers have a clear idea of exactly how they should engage in golf practice, and persist with unscientific and outdated ideas which lead only to frustration and disappointment.
Perhaps it may help to begin by saying what golf practice is not.