Golf Practice for the Golf Simulator

GLT Golf Director of Education
  • Author: Iain Highfield
  • GLT Golf Director of Education
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When the air turns frigid and the fairways freeze, golfers must head for cover to hone their skills. While hitting indoors is better than sitting around idly, firing shot after shot into the net is hardly an ideal golf practice routine.

Although many golfers choose the winter, or offseason, as the appropriate time to pursue technical improvements to their swing motion. However, we never recommend following a golf practice routine focused solely on technical growth. Furthermore, the brain is not designed for repetition during golf practice - or any other time.

Scientific brain studies reveal golfers must develop practice habits that enhance the ability to Recreate, Stimulate and Regulate during training. Through this process, golfers form 'chunks' which are mental representations of situations they are certain to face during competition. Forming these chunks enables players to transfer the skills developed in golf practice to the golf course.

One problem with banging balls into the net for hours on end is the lack of pressure or contextual interference. If you shank one, who cares? Follow these steps to create a random and flexible training environment. 

  • Make training "Game-Like." Games are fulfilling and rewarding. They serve a purpose. Observe the video gamer who might spend 40 hours a week playing his or her game in a competitive environment. Golfers stuck indoors with a golf practice routine, hitting into a net, must seek their own path to comparable feedback and measured growth by finding ways to receive the Dopamine released to the brain's neurotransmitters when a shot or task is executed correctly. Conversely, when they fail, a shot of Cortisol, a stress hormone, is released and the response can go one of two directions. The golfer can toss the club at the ground in disgust - or develop psychological tools such as resilience that will enable them to handle poor execution on the course. Tabulating the quality of strike or other fundamental such as posture or grip can help measure progress.

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  • Create Interleaved Circuits. Having a pupil perform repeat a mundane task such as simple addition (What is 3+3+1? What is 3+3+1) is a poor route to encourage learning. Rather, it's imperative to create varied tasks such as going from full swings to short putts or integrating breathing techniques or even a 50-yard sprint in between shots. Each of these tactics helps to encourage students to access thoughts and feelings of past success to enable desired outcomes.

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  •  Find a challenge point. This is best accomplished with the guidance of a teacher who understands the student's ability and can draw them out. When a bar is reached, set a higher one. 

 

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In conclusion, subtract the mundane repetition from indoor practice. Remember that you're trying to learn adaptability so your skills will translate in the spring when you're faced with hitting a choked down 6-iron off a downhill lie into a hole location tucked in the back left corner of the green as a 15 mile-per-hour crosswind whistles from left-to-right. 

Execute that shot, and you can consider your skill retained and learned.