And I bet alot of you are too! I asked Kevin Tanner, our wonderful contact at Golftec to give us some good advice on how to take our FABULOUS driving range game to the course. AND, notice *WOMEN ON COURSE members, June is FREE LADIES GOLF LESSON MONTH @ GolfTEC-North Bethesda. If you are interested in a FREE 30 Minute Lesson please contact us at 240-715-0291.
How to Take Your Range Game to the Course – Better Practice Habits by Kevin Tanner, PGA
If I had a dollar for every time that I heard someone tell me that their “range game” was better than their “golf course game” I would be a rich man. In this BLOG I will cover a few tips that will help you take your game on the range to the course.
In recent years there have been some great studies published about how individuals learn and acquire new skills. The overall consensus is in order to learn a new skill faster you must RANDOM practice. To keep things simple there are two main ways to train someone a new skill. You can BLOCK practice; this is repeating the same technique over and over until the new skill is acquired. Or, you can RANDOM practice; this is constantly changing the stimulus while trying to learn the new skill. Let me explain a few examples.
In golfing terms, a form of BLOCK practice would be hitting a 7-iron at one target over and over trying to produce one specific result. While, RANDOM practice would be never hitting the same club more and one time at any one target. Here is an example of RANDOM practice, hit one shot with a 7-iron at the 130 yard target…switch clubs, hit a 9-iron at the 100 yard target…switch clubs, hit Driver and try to have it land in between two targets imagining that you are hitting it into a fairway…switch clubs hit a short pitch shot…etc., you get the idea. It takes a great deal of patience and diligence to do this while practicing and if you can make it through a few RANDOM practice sessions you will quickly see a change in your consistency.
Now there is definitely a place for both forms of training in the game of golf. BLOCK practice is great when trying to understand a certain movement or understand the feeling you must have to accomplish a certain skill. However, after you have the feeling it is time to start RANDOM practice!
So if you want to take your “range game” to the course, try RANDOM practice for a few weeks to start hitting the ball better and more consistent.
To round out the post today I will leave you with a few great quotes I have heard along the way, I don’t remember who said them but they have always resonated with me.
“Always practice with a purpose. “
“Practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.”
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