To Improve, You Must Know What To Improve

September 8th, 2014

Are golfers getting better? The answer is no. Statistics have shown that with all of the changes in technology and the mass amount of free information out there, handicaps have stayed the same for the last decade.

Right now your probably thinking, this cant be. I thought the same thing myself for a while until I had one big realization. WE ARE NOT TEACHING PLAYERS HOW TO GET BETTER! Now your thinking I am crazy, but think about it. What is the bulk of every teaching out there, how to swing a club and hit a ball. Guess what, that doesn’t always gurantee your going to score better and in most cases it doesn’t. Hitting the ball solid and straight is very important but you need to know how to get the ball in the hole. You need a variety of shots, great distance control, good short game, know how to read greens, and mostly how to put it all together.

How do we do all of this? Good practice. If you are already a good player and you develop a small miss, chances are a quick tip will help. If you want to improve your game and play well on any golf course, you need a solid game and that comes with good practice.

What is good practice? Good practice consists of a few major keys

1. Have a plan and stick to it.

So many players go to the range, dump over their bucket of balls and hit away until the basket is gone. What have you accomplished? Most players can not answer this. You need a specific goal, time allocation and cover multiple facets of the game. Remember your trying to improve your game not just make your swing look pretty.

2. Challenge Yourself

Players tend to want to feel good so they work on what they are good at. I rarely see players trying to hit a variety of shots on the range or work on those short wedge shots or 4 irons. They don’t work on the things that make them uncomfortable. Work on areas that need help and challenge yourself. See if you can hit a imaginary fairway 10 times in a row, or a target green 10 times in a row. Treat each shot as the most important shot you ever hit.

3. Measure success

The most valuable tool is a notebook. Log your practice sessions. What was good? Bad? How many times could you hit the imaginary fairway? Etc. Keep track and see where you need to keep working and relate that to your on course stats.

If you follow these main keys, your practice will be much better and your game will improve. The good news is that The Grind Golf App will help you with all of this. You just need to show up.

Leave any good practice ideas you have and lets all share to make this as good as it can get.

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