MAKE THE MOST OF TRAINING TIME

If you improve the quality of your training time, your game will also improve so it is vital to make the absolute most from the time you have available. Most golfers need to make a few changes to the way they train so here are a few tips to help you to become more productive during your training sessions.


Make training reflect your game by dedicating around 40% of your time to putting, chipping, pitching and bunker shots and the remaining time to your full shots. The short game is the often neglected but accounts for a huge chunk of the shots you play on the course.

A productive training session should include time spent honing your mental skills in playing mode to increase your chances of executing well on the course. Your training session should include selecting different targets, using different clubs and going through your pre-shot routine just as if you were playing on the course.


MENTAL TRAINING

We can all picture a time during play when we needed a great shot and pulled it off. Leading up to that shot, you probably had a great mental image in your mind’s eye that helped to calm your mind and let you focus and commit to that positive outcome.


Unfortunately, we can also remember an important shot that didn’t come off and prior to taking your shot your thoughts were likely to have been the complete opposite. If you recognise this, step back, re focus and visualise a good outcome.

Pressure is self-perceived, so it is possible to set up situations that create it at any time keeping track of your progress. Pressure will affect muscle tension, which in turn has a detrimental effect on your swing. Focus on a positive outcome and the process of striking a great shot is a great way to offset pressure and tension.


If you fear hitting your shot into the water, your focus may be to avoid the water but that means a shot into the trees would be successful. Whether you are on a range or on the course, if your focus shifts to something else, you should move away and start the process from the beginning.


Your focus must be completely on the place where you want your ball to go. If you are hitting drivers to a target 250 yards away, you need to ensure that you are in the right frame of mind to execute the shot by selecting specific target (the smaller the better so misses will be smaller) and committing to it.


Long term improvement and consistency is achieved by applying yourself in a good way mentally and physically for each time you visit the range or play and with a little patience, proper practice and perseverance, you will improve your scores.