One Club at a Time
Paul Johnson - NJGS
The driving range is a great place to
simulate tournament conditions if you
know how to use that time.
One of the negatives of practicing on
the range is that taking several swings
with the same club lets you get better
with that club. On the course however,
you only get one chance to hit that six
iron. So here's a drill to duplicate
Take five or six clubs from your bag
including your driver or three wood
depending on what you hit from the tee.
Line the clubs up next to your bag and
use them in random order, much like you
would do on the course. Then take only
one shot, with a pre-shot routine,
with each club until you have gone
through the set of five clubs once
each. Grade each shot using any method
you want (great,ok,lousy),
(5pts,3pts,0pts) and try to maximize
your score for three rounds or a total
of 15 swings. Keep a log and always try
to set a personal best.
When you're on the course with that
"one swing" chance, have your
mind pretend like you are on the
practice tee trying to set a personal
best rather than focusing or worrying
about your score or making the shot.
You might find it's more relaxing and
will help you put the ball where you
want it more often.
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