The temperatures are rising and you’re probably itching your fingers. You want to play golf again. The golf courses have been closed long enough and even driving ranges are no fun anymore.
But before you hit the ball, you should take a moment to plan your start into the new season.
With this article, I would like to help you make your start into the golf season a perfect start.
I would like to show you how you can make this season the season in which you:
No goals, no action. It’s that simple. I strongly recommend that you set a goal for the new season.
I even recommend to set your goals based on statistics and not to set a handicap goal. Why? It’s simple. If you decide to improve a certain area of your golf game and work on it, you will automatically improve other areas of your golf game. The handicap target will come automatically. Having only one handicap goal can cause you to always have that number in your head and can make you cramp up on the course.
A small example:
Your statistics show that you don’t hit enough fairways with your driver. If you work on hitting more fairways now, you will surely do so at some point. If you hit more fairways, your next shot will be much easier than if you have to play the one from the rough or the forest.
What are you supposed to train anyway? And how much of your training should be in that area? You’ll certainly be surprised when you see the following statistics, because your pro and also I always preach to you: “Boy, the short game is crucial! And it still is, just not for all handicap classes. Nevertheless, the short game is a great thing (for all handicap classes) to work on your technique (the pitch is basically just a small full shot) and to be prepared when you really need it.
Especially the high handicaps should rather concentrate on the long game. Why? Simply because if the long game is so bad that you can’t get to the green at all, then the best short game will get you nothing. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
That’s why I recommend which handicap class should train what percentage of the game and at what intensity. First of all, a very simple division into long and short game. My exercises for each area are the same :).
In the short game, I recommend that you concentrate only on long putts. It is best to practice only 10-15 yards of putts. Because, if you look back on your golf rounds, you will find that your first putt on the green is usually a long putt. And if you get it close enough to the hole, you will play fewer three-putts and save a lot of shots.
But what all areas should definitely train is mental strength. And that’s exactly why I’ll show you at the very end of my article how you can get yourself back into the here and now with a question on the court.
You now know which area you should pay special attention to in your training. Now I will show you an exercise for each of these areas.
From now on, on every drive, you’ll count from one to five inside. Why? Simply to keep your rhythm steady. Because for me, rhythm is one of the decisive and yet so often neglected points in the golf swing.
Of course it is important that you count evenly. 1- 2- 3- 4- 5!
And this is how it works:
1 – you put the club on the ball…
2- Takeaway 9 o’clock position
3- Top – the highest point in the backswing
This rhythm will help you to always have the same sequence in your swing and this in turn will lead to better drives and more hit fairways. And on the fairway, the golf game is much easier than from the forest :). Give it a try. Best on the range, where you take 14 balls (that’s how many drives you usually hit on the course) and hit them into a corridor defined by you. Every shot of course with the new rhythm.
This exercise used to be an essential part of my training. Because it contains an insane amount of what you need on the pitch.
A permanent change in stroke length and swing range. Change of clubs and always a new target.
And it’s that simple:
Pull a bucket of balls. Find a target at about 100 meters on the range. A distance sign is best. Find a second target at the finish line at about 30 meters. Now hit the ball as close as possible to the 100-meter sign. Now consciously play the next shot a little shorter, the next one a little shorter, shorter, shorter again, until you play the shortest shot just behind the 30-meter target. If you make a really bad shot in between or a ball flies much further than the previous one, then start again.
What happens is that, although you don’t leave your position, you make a different shot every time and, above all, your concentration remains enormously high. With this exercise, you adapt your training to the court, as you have a different length and direction to master each time
Your tee shots fly onto the fairway, your wedges come to rest on the green and now it’s time to putt.
My advice to you is this season, practice putting from 10 to 15 yards with this practice:
Take 10 balls to the putting green. Put a tee into the ground 10-15 meters from a hole. Now putt the first ball towards the hole and keep putting until you have holed the ball. The aim is to putt at least 7 of the 10 balls into the hole with 2 or less putts.
When you have done this, you are finished with your putting practice. The good thing about the exercise is that you train both the long and short putts! Because you want to get the ball in with 2 putts or less And you will notice that your concentration will increase!
You have the three important areas: tee shots, shots into the green and putting and you will notice that you have a very good training plan for yourself with the three exercises from me.
But of course you play golf because you want to play golf and not because you want to stand on the range for days.
My experience is that you can also use the course as a training location. And don’t worry, you don’t have to play 10 balls per course. That would make sense, but of course it wouldn’t work at all, because at the latest at lane 2, the Marshall would ask you to shift your training to the range.
Pick five clubs plus a putter. Number these 5 clubs in order from 1-5. And that’s how you play these clubs now. For the first shot on your round, you take club 1. For the second, you take club 2, and so on. On the green, you always use the putter. The aim of the game is that you learn to master situations with golf clubs that are not intended for this shot. With this exercise you increase your variability and above all the fun factor in your game.
Which stroke is the most important one? Right, the shot NOW! But the problem of us golfers is that we are permanently in the past (frustration about bad shots) or in the future (thoughts about the coming hole, difficult situations etc.), but rarely in the NOW. And this is so important, because the stroke NOW is important!
So you must learn to control your thoughts and emotions. From now on always ask yourself the following question when you notice that you are again busy with a blow in the past or a situation in the future:
The answer to the question will then be, “I am concentrating on the next blow” or “I am going through my full routine for the next blow” or another answer that will bring you back to the NOW. And that is true mental strength! When you are in the NOW and you can fully concentrate on the present.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this article. That was just one of a whole host of tips for your mental strength. Have you ever wondered why some golfers perform at their best in tournaments while you play at least 5 shots worse in each tournament than in fun rounds? Why you get completely out of rhythm after a bad shot or by annoying flight partners and can’t get back into the “flow state”?
It all depends on your mental strength!
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