Deliberate Practice – The quickest way to lower your golf handicap

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Practice really does make perfect. The more you practise your golf game the sharper you will become on the course. That said, going to the driving range and aimlessly hitting hundreds of ball into the abyss is definitely not the answer. So what is?
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You may have heard the term ‘Deliberate Practice’. This term was first used by psychologist K. Anders Ericsson who published research on how we can achieve mastery in any subject or skill with 10,000 hours of practice. Now we are not suggesting that you need to spend 10,000 hours on the driving range. What we are recommending is that your practise sessions going forward are deliberate.

Deliberate practice means consciously working on certain aspects of your swing to get the best results. This may be your take away, or your address or even your timing. Go to the practice ground with a goal in mind. I want to improve my ? is the question we want you to ask yourself. This will give you purpose to your deliberate practise sessions.

When you are out on the course with your buddies playing a non-competitive round of golf why not analyse your round in more detail than just the score. Keep a note of how many fairways you hit, how many greens in regulation you get and how many putts to take. this will help you structure your practise session to work on the areas that will help you improve the most.

To help even further, what we would like you to think about ahead of your next practice session is where did you drop shots on your last round of golf and why? For example, was it that you missed the fairway from the tee due to a slice? If so, then we would recommend practising a slice cure only in that session. Or it maybe that you are not hitting the green from 100 yards. Then practise this shot only with a number of different clubs to a target a 100 yards away.

By having your deliberate practice sessions tailored to improving your golf game you will get the very best out of your practise time and you may find it more enjoyable.

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