Hit LESS Practice Balls and Play Better Golf

Practice Less and Play Better Golf
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25 thoughts on “Hit LESS Practice Balls and Play Better Golf

  1. My playing partner and I go to golf range and play our course in our heads
    so hit say driver on first hole if we hit it well it leaves a wedge so we
    would hit a wedge next to a flag if we hit it badly we think where would
    that be on the course right we need 7 iron with a little draw to avoid
    bunker and try to hit that next, we give ourselves 2 putts on every hole
    and keep score since we starting doing this we have definitely improved

  2. Great video Rick! This is definitely something I’ve been thinking a lot
    about lately with my practice. Traditionally I’ll go to the range and hit
    two large buckets. By the time I’m done with a session I’m drained and
    typically don’t feel I’ve accomplished much. This video was well-timed,
    sir. Appreciate it! BTW…Florida looks good on you and Pete! :)

  3. This kind of goes along with what you’re saying Rick, but what I like to do
    is think about a course I’ve played or plan on playing again soon and hit
    shots just like I would if I was there. If first hole is a short par 4,
    hit a long iron or fairway wood. If you hook your shot and a similar shot
    on the course would leave you with an odd angle into a flag with very
    little green to work with, I’d hit a high pitching wedge or whatever shot
    is required. I go through the front or back 9 of a course when I practice
    (leaving out putts obviously). I take my time in between shot and really
    think about them like I would if the shot mattered. This has really helped
    me. Great video again… Cheers!

  4. Love it … i have been doing mixed sessions lately … spending 1/2 my
    time working on something specific (more of a draw with my driver, for
    example) and i will hit about 100 balls on that specific thought. Still
    taking my time, like on the course with each shot … aiming, aligning,
    practicing, etc. Then the other 1/2 is mixing things up. different targets,
    shaping shots, switching clubs, etc. I have seen a huge improvement in even
    the last couple of months with this. i have cut my handicap in half … 12
    down to a 6.7. What about doing a video like this for short game (chipping,
    pitching, etc) and/or putting. keep the videos coming!!!

  5. How chilled out was you, dude?
    Awesome vid! Something us amatures can all be accused of is practice
    without structure.
    I’m gonna combine this, with the warm up drills you did at Royal Lytham,
    when you went with Mr Carter last year.
    Could be a game changer!

  6. Great tip.

    On days where I just want to hit shots (and not work on a new technique), I
    like to “play” a course on the range. I just go by my old scorecards that I
    keep in my bag and play shots as if I were on the course. It’s gotten much
    better recently, as I bought a Voice Caddy SC100 portable launch monitor
    that I bring out to the range. I can hit my “tee shot”, get my yardages,
    and play the next shot appropriately. My handicap has dropped drastically
    since I started praticing this way, because I am simulating the courses I
    play most often.

  7. Thanks Rick. When I go to the driving range I hit 90-120 golf balls. I see
    my self getting better but mostly worst if that makes any sense. Only
    started golfing about six months ago. Coming from playing basketball, where
    putting up hundreds of shots makes you better. Golf is a different game I
    love it.
    Will definitely take your advice next time I go to the driving range. 

  8. Great video Rick! I always struggle to judge/trust the distance or flight
    of range balls. Are there any rules for using range balls in the sense of
    adding a certain % onto where the ball actually lands?
    Anyone able to help?

  9. Hmm I agree about taking your time and varying shots but I don’t see
    benefit of hitting a bad shot then changing club from a practise stand
    point. Surely, you visualise the shot and if you fail to hit it you think
    why then try to fix it immediately as not to lose the feelings you just

  10. I must say i am guilty of smashing ball after ball! But after watching this
    video i am definitely going to take this on board and try it when i am on
    the range next time!! Thanks Rick, keep up the amazing videos.

  11. A teaching pro I used before he left my club gave me a pack of 52 playing
    cards, all with a different shot written on, don’t use it as much as I
    should, but does make practice less of a chore.

  12. Great video Rick, it’s something I’m much more aware of since our sessions
    at the Trafford Centre. I now play the range as though its a course and it
    REALLY helps. 

  13. Great piece of advice. I catch myself sometimes getting into that bad
    practice mode. Will make a conscious effort to be better. Cheers Rick!

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