A routine is not a routine
Is this ringing any bells? Does this seem familiar to you?
I suggest that you start with a practice plan.
If you play once a week, then have at least one session on the range, whether it is a planned session on the driving range or a planned session on your short game. you should at least balance out your Golf.
Start off with a little basic stretching for 5 minutes. 5 minutes feels like a long time for those who don’t normally stretch. Do this, even, before a short game practice, it will help you to create a stretching routine before you play.
I always go to the range with a practice plan. It could be that I wish to work on balance or rhythm. I may even work on a swing improvement but it is always only one thing that I work on. Don’t go to the range with no plan in mind.Then I suggest that you start off with a wedge. Making short swings and pitches, first of all, and slowly build up to full swings. Between each shot, take at least 2 or 3 practice swings and try to envisage your intended ball flight.
I would suggest playing 5 balls with each club. I like to skip over clubs too.
The practice routine that I do before going for a round of golf.
After finishing the above sequence I then turn again to my wedges and play a further few short pitches followed by a few chip shots. One thing that I never see is somebody working on their pre-shot or post-shot routine.
A pre-shot routine is vital if you are playing tournament Golf. It should make no difference if it’s a Monthly Medal or The Open Championship. A routine is very important.
So, What is a pre-shot routine?
I like to compare a pre-shot routine like a baking recipe. (I know, stay with me here)
Every recipe has a title and it will usually have a picture of the end result.
The recipe will have a list of what you need before you start.
There will be a step by step guide on how to bake your cake.
When you have followed the recipe exactly you should have the desired result.
In Golf, you will be faced with a situation.
You will need to make the right shot selection and also you should be able to see the shot in your head.
Take a look at the lie of the ball.
Choose the right club for the shot taking into consideration how the ball lies.
Decide on the length and speed of swing.
Take a few practice swings and imagine how the ball will react to those practice swings. Adjust the swing or club selection accordingly.
When you are sure that you have the correct club, swing length, swing speed, then play the shot.
When all goes to plan, you should find that the result is a good one.
If for whatever reason your result is poor, go over it again (in your head).
Remember what you did exactly and try to find something that you might change the next time around.
Not every baking recipe works on your first attempt but through practice, it should improve.