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Issue 582 - Wed. November 6th, 2019
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Tom's Featured Tip: Practicing Ugly Part 2 - Drills

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.


How To Practice For Pressure

Most of us practice comfortably. We hit it well on the range and make a few putts on the practice green and leave feeling like our game is in good shape.

But the reality is usually a little different.

Unlike on the range, on the golf course you are accountable for every shot. Unless youíre being accountable for at least part of your practice sessions, youíre not practicing for the changes in "arousal" you feel during play, which can interfere with your focus during each shot and have a significant effect on your performance.

The question is this: "Can you fully focus on the process of hitting every shot without getting caught up in the outcome?" This is what we need to train ourselves to do during pressure practice for golf.

How to simulate playing the golf course with pressure practice for golf

Heart Rate - Running in place

When youíre nervous, your heart rate is going to be a little (or a lot) higher. Prepare for this by running in place in between shots to raise your heart rate. Use your breathing to calm yourself down and focus on the steps of your routine. Go through your full pre shot routine and randomize the clubs you use.

Drills for pressure practice

1. Random practice as opposed to Block practice. Unless we hit the ball out of play, we donít get to "reload" like we do on the driving range. Prepare for this. With each shot you hit during your pressure practice, choose a different club and go through your full Pre Shot Routine. This might seem like itís slowing down your practice, but itís actually not.Itís this sort of deliberate practice and making it more difficult that deepens the learning process.

2. Putting - Make 8 (5 ft.) Putts In A Row

Do this when you practice, and before each round you play. The concept is to do pressure practice for golf during your warm-up to get ready for how you might feel during the round. Try it and see how many attemps it takes you to get 8 in a row and try to beat it each time.

3. Chipping and Pitching - 5 up and downs

Pick 5 different spots around the green (of varying difficulty) and see how many attempts it takes you do get up and down. Go through your full Pre Shot Routine and note your score to try to beat each time.

4. Driving - The Narrowing fairway drill

The goal here is to put pressure on your driving. Start with a 50 yard wide fairway on the driving range (pick 2 targets 50 yards apart to represent the fairway). Attempt to hit 3 drives down this fairway, resetting and going through your pre shot routine before every shot. When you are successful with getting 3 out of 3 shots down this fairway, move on to a 30 yard wide fairway and try for 3 consecutive shots down this fairway (you can only move onto this level if you complete the first one). Repeat with a 10 yard wide fairway. If you can get 9 balls down these 3 fairways, itís going to make the golf course seem like a piece of cake.

5. Ball Striking/Distance Awareness - Proximity to hole drill

Pick 3 targets at 100 yards, 150 yards and 200 yards. If 200 yards is out of your range, try 50 yards, 100 yards, and 150 yards. Establish your own realistic expectation for proximity to the hole for each distance. If you are a beginner or high handicap player, your initial goal might be to just hit an imaginary (or real) green from those distances. As your skill level improves, track your distance from the hole.

To put in in perspective, the Tour player average from 125-150 yards is approximately 22 ft. Start at 100 and try to get your ball within your chosen range. Move to the 150 and then to the 200, going through your full pre shot routine for each shot. See how many attempts it takes you to get 3 within your range for each target. Note the number and try to beat it each time.

Adding drills such as these to your practice will add pressure and frustration to every session. That will train your brain to focus on your process in the way you need to, to play your best on the course.

Try it, you'll like it.

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Tom





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Tom Tucker
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