How to play a golf practice round for maximum game improvement
Tip #31 from my book, “Break 80! 52 Ways To Lower Your Golf Score Without Practice”
Every golfer knows the difference between how they feel approaching a shot in a practice round vs. how they feel in a competitive round. If I had a dollar for every golfer who plays amazing in practice but can’t bring it to the course, I’d be rich. Overcoming this is one of the holy grails of golf, right?
A typical tip given for this is to inject pressure into your practice and that helps… but what if you could inject your calm practice round swing/putting stroke into your competitive swing/stroke? This would train your unconscious mind, through repetition, to come to some kind of mix of a pressured swing and a practice swing that would show up whether you are in practice or competition, just the same! Hmmmm….Check it out:
31. Double your green fee golf value
Purposely schedule yourself a round when you know the course is uncrowded.
You want to do this in order to allow yourself to play 2 balls on the course. But instead of the typical golfer who does this with a lackadaisical attitude and carefree swing, you want to do it with purpose and INTENTION.
What you want to do is play your first ball with the same intensity and pressure that you might have when playing the final round of the club championship.
I recommend putting a bet on it with a buddy and play strictly to the rules.
Do everything you can to put pressure on yourself with this ball.
With your second ball, you want to drop it in places where you need the most work such as in the rough, under a tree, behind an obstruction, with a bad lie, etc.
You will be alternating shots without fail.
Notice how you take yourself from pressure to relaxed…pressure to relaxed….pressure to relaxed. At some point, you will realize things about yourself that will give you the belief that you are in control of your state.
This is the magic for you!
And, you will be giving yourself a fabulous opportunity to work on the shots that you never work on while blurring the mental lines between pressure and relaxed.
If you go out and do this exercise with a blank mind, you won’t get much out of it.
This is what most golfers do when I see them playing 2 balls.
If you follow my advice, you will be improving your game WHILE still enjoying the challenge of shooting for a good score.