A beginning golfer asked for advice on how to improve their golf game. They have the fundamentals, but with only sixty minutes of practice time per week, they were wondering if an hour could even be worth the training time. Actually, by using your time wisely, you will significantly improve your golf game in a short period of time. My advice? Check out the following tips….
Improve your golf game by stretching to warm up your muscles.
The first thing you should do when you practice is to do a few stretches to warm up and to loosen up your muscles. This does not need to be anything elaborate, however. Some arm swings, twists, and toe touches should suffice. Spend about 4 or 5 minutes doing this to feel loose and warm.
Improve your golf game by hitting about 2 to 4 balls with each of your clubs.
Start off by hitting about two to four golf balls with a pitching wedge. Then change to your 9-iron and hit another two or four balls. Continue changing clubs and hitting balls with each golf club until you reach your driver. This should take you about 15 minutes, as when you hit these shots you should treat each shot as though it is a real shot out on the golf course. Do not forget to go through your pre-shot routine for each shot.
Improve your golf game by pitching shots to a different distance and target.
Practicing your pitching is next, and should take about 10 to 15 minutes. When you do this, never hit the same shot to the same target. For every pitch shot, pick out a new target to hit towards, remembering to go through your pre-shot routine for each shot just like you would on the golf course.
Improve your golf game through chipping and bunker shots.
Next on the list you should practice chipping and bunker shots for about 10 to 15 minutes. Again, play a different shot each time and go through your pre-shot routine for every shot.
Improve your golf game with distance control, and then finish with some short putts.
With about 10 to 15 minutes left in the hour, you should work on improving your putting. For most of your final minutes you should focus on putts outside of ten feet. Work on hitting the longer putts the correct distances so you are left with an easy tap in. When doing this, hit your putts to the fringe rather than towards the hole to help you focus on your distance control. Then, to finish off your putting session, knock in some short putts. This will give you confidence as you finish your practice session on a successful note (make sure you finish up after a successfully holed putt!).
Treat each practice golf shot as though it is a real one on the golf course. Soon you will notice over time that you will improve your golf game tremendously by practicing these five steps in just one hour a week. See you on the links!