Technical Practice vs Target Practice
If you have been for a lesson with myself or a fellow PGA Professional, this would involve doing drills you may have been given or hitting balls with a visual aid, whether it be for strike, club path, or club face alignment for example. Or just a feeling of what you are trying to accomplish to improve your golf.
During this phase of practise you are solely focusing on the movement you are trying to make. However I would pick out some sort of target as a reference.
- This is where I would like you to forget all your technical thoughts, and pick out specific targets on the range.
- Use different clubs to different targets. Pick out a fairway, or a green, then go through your routine and hit the shot. Now you are practising how you play, rather than just beating balls with no real target.
- If a tee shot doesn’t suit your eye, (our 16th for example), pick a line on the range as the O.O.B. then a fairway to the left and practise that tee shot.
- Play a hole, pick out a fairway and hit driver, then pick another target as your green and hit 6 iron for example. You very rarely hit the same two clubs in a row on the golf course.