If you are like many golfers, one of the biggest challenges that you face with your golf game isn’t a nagging slice, a shaky putter, or trouble with bunker shots. TIME is actually what holds most golfers back. Whether you’re playing a full eighteen or just nine, golf is an investment of time.
Furthermore, to get better, many of us have to invest additional time for practice so we can
play better and therefore, enjoy our time investment even more! Throw in time with family, work, school, or any of the other exciting things that there are to do in life, and the time investment for golf can be harder to make.
Unless you are trying to make your living playing golf, you don’t need to spend 8-10 hours a day practicing and working on your game.
The trick is to be efficient and focused when you do get the time for practice. Unless you are trying to make your living playing golf, you don’t need to spend 8-10 hours a day practicing and working on your game. You will be amazed at the results you can achieve with just 15-30 minutes of focused practice a few times a week. The trick is it has to be focused. By that I mean, only work on one thing for the entire session. If you are going to hit balls on the range, try to limit club selection to just short-irons, mid-irons, or long-irons/woods. Also, be mindful that you’re not tinkering with your swing too much.
In fact, unless you have a specific part of your swing you’re working on, you’re better off sticking to the short game. Secondly, don’t rush through your practice session just because your time is limited. To get the most out of your time, be relaxed and focus on quality first, then quantity. You’re better off hitting 10 of 20 perfect than you are 10 of 100. Next, set a goal for each practice session. This keeps your mind focused on execution, simulates pressure similar to playing, and will boost your confidence each session when you achieve your goal.
Keep in mind the limited time you have so keep your goals simple enough that you can achieve them without having to rush. Lastly, it’s ok to go home early. If you set aside 30 minutes to practice and your session goes so well that you reach your goal in 15 minutes, go home excited and confident that you’re getting better! You can stretch the goal a little further for your next practice session, but when you’re done, you’re done!
The Busy Golfer’s Guide To Efficient Practice
1. Focus on just one thing.
2. Be relaxed.
3. Set a goal.
4. Go home happy!