Golf Tip #2: A Way to Exceptional Golf

(A) Undertake swing maintenance

Maintaining a consistent swing movement and creating repetition comes down to basic setup procedure. The four main areas are Grip, Alignment, Stance (ball position) and Posture.

(B) Develop shot making capacity across a range of situations

Smart shot making begins with an understanding of your capabilities and willingness to experiment. A good start is learning ball flight laws so you can hit purposeful fades and draws as well as high and low balls with each club. Just becoming confident with those 4 shot types can have a huge affect on lowering your score; with key being able to make the right shot at the right time. If you can’t make these types of advanced shots then work within your boundaries, but take the time to learn variations in ball strike, (club head speed, changes in ball position, angle of attack etc.), this will give you more different types of shot in your armoury.

(C) Build a strong short game

This is a huge area of strength for most A-grade golfers. Learning the basic skills is vital –  but really it’s a practice must. Short game skill is as much confidence as it is technique. I’d like to think that short game time would make up around 70-75 percent of practice time.

(D) Develop core golf strategies

An area that is about the mind verses the golf course with your golf swing as the vehicle. The key I’ve always used to build low scores is not to try and protect yourself from a bad shot or a bad hole by being ultra conservative, but instead stick to a recipe of play that has brought results on previous holes. For instance, if I’m playing well in the course of a round I try to retain the swing thoughts that have produced the great shots I’ve made, and think of that only. It may only be something as simple as a balance thought or a club take-away thought. Of course the basic club selection and positional play required to get around a full size golf course is primary to this. Try to visualize each shot, this gives you a greater expectation to achieve. Stay focused and centred, and allow nothing to distract you from this. 

Practice (3 hours per week)

Practice is quite an unusual thing, for some people repetition and hours of it work, for other the random system is best. I find a structured but flexible management of time on the range and the golf course works for me and I think for you.

Heres a basic look at it.

Break the 3 hours up into 3 x 1hour sessions. After basic stretching and warm up (start with the lazy continuous practice swing) with a pitching wedge play some half strength (lazy) shots at a target (say 10).

Find a less lofted club that suits the next distance marker on the range (maybe a 6 or 7 iron).  Hit 10 full shots then experiment by hitting a draw, then a fade, then a high ball then a low ball. Finish off that club with 6 more full shots (making 20 in all)
Repeat this process to the next target out ( maybe a long iron).

Next, 6 full 5 metals, 6 full 3 metals and 8 full 1metals (good, or ugly). Don’t over practice these clubs as tiredness sets in quick with the longer clubs.

Go the sand with 10 balls ,splash sand only 10 repetitions, then the 10 balls. Keep a tab on how many you explode out of the bunker, (8 out of 10 is consistent)  10 mins total.

Play chip shots from varying distances and situations using the 3 types of shot and club, (pitch and run, basic chip position and flop shot) 15 minutes of this.

Putt for a further 15 minutes starting short and working up to lag. Use the drills of two clubs lined side by side for putter head stability and the zone area lag routine, but really vary each putt so you have rethink each stroke using a set pre-shot routine.

Finally, back to the top of the session with the lazy (short game) wedge shot (10)

Keep a tab on your progress and set reachable goals.

This whole session should take about an hour. Repeat 3 times a week, coupled with regular round of golf will give a consistency that will be very noticeable.