September 26, 2017

Straighter Golf Shots: Take Your Practice Shots To The Golf Course

straighter golf shotsIf you want to hit straighter golf shots in your next round of golf, take your straightest practice shots  to the golf course and repeat them.

The obvious reason why you will be able to hit straighter golf shots by using this simple golf method is that you will know how it feels when hitting your golf ball straight and be able to replicate the same set up, swing thoughts and the swing itself on the golf course.

When taking your practice shots to the golf course, you want to be able to hit the golf ball straight.

So you should practice through your set instead of trying to hit straight shots with just one club.

I recently read an article on how to practice before beginning play

This article suggests doing something I routinely do during my practice time. It truly is one of the best golf swing tips..

Here is more of the article that describes this process:

“Practicing in its most simple form is just repetition. This is when we are making changes to our swing and trying to build muscle memory into the new motion. Using the same club for many swings in a row to build confidence in the changes is encouraged.

This is the mode most people find themselves in even if they are not making changes or “grooving a rhythm.” This mode does not prepare a player for the golf course as we rarely play the same club on consecutive swings.

I advise students to simulate a round of golf on the practice tee as often as they can. This is called round simulation.

Many players struggle to find the time to get onto the golf course for four (sometimes more than five) hours but can more easily make time for practice. After “warming up” I encourage students to play a round of golf from the practice tee. Using a course they are familiar with or even a scorecard from their bag, choose a club for the tee shot on No. 1.

Then, depending on how well the shot was executed, select the next club based on the previous result. You would continue this procedure throughout the round including pitch or chip shots where you may have “missed the green.”

The normal progression of club selection during a round of golf is what we rarely practice for: long club (driver) to short or middle club (9 iron or 5 iron) to a wedge (pitch or chip onto the green). The key is to work through your bag in manner you would on the golf course.

Accept your poor shots as such and select the next club/shot accordingly. You may notice that you struggle on the practice tee with the same shots/clubs as you do on the golf course. Make notes as you come across club/shot sequences that give you trouble. After the “round” you may want to work on some of the shot sequences to execute them better in your next round whether it is on the course or “simulated.”

There is no easy way of taking the practice tee mentality to the golf course as there is no urgency to each swing, while on the golf course each shot matters (at the very least, not wanting to lose the golf ball regardless of any scoring issues involved). Our best option is to bring the “urgency” of each swing on the golf course to the practice tee. We may not lose any balls practicing, but basing our club and shot selections on the previous result can go a long way toward improving our performance on the actual golf course.”

You can find the complete article by David Enyeart at

Playing through your bag as though playing the course will definitely improve your golf game and lower your score.

Therefore the next time you go to the range before play, simply practice as though playing the course.

Then when at the course simply play like you practiced. You definitely will be able to hit straighter golf shots.

There is an extra advantage by doing so. You effectively get to play the course twice, so to speak.

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