Golf Practice That Will Not Waste Your Valuable Time
Practice Series - 2: Golf Practice That Will Not Waste Your Valuable Time
Wasting time is too easy because there's simply too much time on our hands. It's just tick, tick, ticking away.
Time can’t be replenished, so it shouldn’t be wasted. It MUST be well-spent! And time spent learning and practicing the golf game is time well-spent if done correctly. The golf season is oh-so-short after all.
What does time well-spent mean to the GLT team? And, in the converse, what constitutes time not well-spent? What practice routine doesn’t waste that valuable time AND results in the improvements that have, until now, been chased fruitlessly?
The GLT team preaches this simple concept: Walk away from all the old dogmas that make golf game improvement an unattainable outcome.
But what’s the Dogma? And how is that walk away accomplished?
The Dogma: The more balls I hit, the more practice I've done, and all the better I become.
Repetition is much like cramming for an exam. After taking the exam, the remembered morphs into the forgotten. Thus, long-term failure is the end result of that short-term success. It's the same with golf practice. Hit range ball after ball in short order the same way, and you achieve repeatable range swing and range success while failing to improve your golf game.
Think of 2 similar but disparate processes:
- Practicing to learn - Swinging the club in a desired motion, hitting ball after ball, etc.
- Practicing to perform - Adapting to the stresses of the golf course and competition by building mental representations that recreate and stimulate the game of golf.
Number one is the “old dogma" that we want to walk away from. It’s what the GLT team calls Blocked Practice - a process that’s inherently good for beginners developing skills like golf movement, posture, and grip. You repeat the same task over and over. But, as we explained above, that skill is neither retainable, transferable, nor robust.
Number two is the GLT Golf roadway to improvement. Or, in GLT terms, Interleaved Practice - a structured training/practice strategy that delivers deeper learning through our three basic fundamentals: Spacing, Variability, and Challenge.
Watch this video to learn more about our three basic fundamentals:
Interleaved Practice creates a cognitive and physical relationship with what is practiced. Golf game skills are retained. You learn to hit golf shots, not repeat a golf swing. And the pot at the end of the rainbow is filled with the magic elixir you've been pining after: what is practiced actually transfers to the course.
Put on your walking shoes, look that old “the more golf balls I hit, the better I become” dogma straight in its eyes, turn on your heels, and walk away. Start Interleaved Practicing. It won’t waste your valuable time.