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- Repetition Practice and Video Analysis
- Repetition Practice: a kind of practice where you are hitting high quantities of golf balls, working on a specific part of your golf swing, and disregarding where the ball is actually going. This practice should be done with video analysis.
- Often, what you feel in your golf swing is far from what is actually happening on a video camera. This is why it is so important to use video analysis to monitor the various changes you are making in your golf swing.
- Depending on how well your body is able to interpret different “feels,” you may require only a few videos a week, or several! Personally, I find that it takes me a LONG time to teach my body different feelings, so I will often record 3-5 videos in just one practice session to ensure that I am performing the proper movements.
- Always record your golf swing after competitive rounds, because during tournaments, our swing will revert to old habits in very small increments, and if left unattended for too long, can get out of sync.
- Make sure to set your priorities when practicing!!
- You don’t have all day to practice, so it is important to find THE MOST IMPORTANT factors of your swing, and working hard on these prioritized portions of the swing.
- “The Essentials” (top priorities)
- Advanced Players
- How to Swing “on plane”
- When I speak of the “fluidity of the transition,” I’m referring to that rhythmic looking swing that many of the pros have, where it looks like effortless power.
- The concept of writing out a golf swing comes directly from The Golfing Machine, and is based on classifying the swing into 24 components.
- Frustration Meets Golf
- Getting your swing to the course
- What is your practice personality? (Quiz)
- Realistic practice: as opposed to repetition, realistic practice is characterized by hitting low quantities of golf balls, but for each and every shot, you are switching clubs, shot types, and going through your entire pre-shot routine. A great book to learn more about this type of practice is Every Shot Must Have a Purpose (specifically chapters 1-3, and 10).
I hope that through this hour long presentation with accompanying notes you have learned a great deal about constructing an effective golf game from scratch. Although I couldn’t have possibly gotten in everything that I wanted to, I believe that I have covered the absolute basics from which any golfer can build upon. It is nice to know all of this, but you might be wondering where to go next, so I would recommend doing the following:
- Start a Golf Journal – follow some of the ideas laid out in my post about the topic, but do not constrain yourself. Starting a golf journal will allow you to reflect on things that you may have let slide by in the past. It is the ultimate tool to creating forward progress in golf. Even if what you are writing down sounds stupid, just keep writing. Eventually, you will start to notice patterns, solve problems, and many other positive consequences of reflecting on your golf game.
- Read one or both of the following books:
- Keep Statistics, and let them guide your practice
- Keep it simple. All you need to record each round is your fairway percentage, green in regulation percentage, total putts, up and down percentage (scrambling), and sand save percentage.