“Always have quality practices. Don’t just beat balls. Staying on the range all day does you no good if nothing is accomplished.” – Division 2 Women’s Coach
Learning to practice with a purpose is a skill most junior golfers don’t learn until they reach college. It is difficult to have the accountability, structure, and motivation to truly practice with a purpose as a young golfer. But for those players who can learn to achieve this at an earlier age will quickly see improvements in their game and be more prepared for college golf.
- Have a plan of action every day you go to the golf course: Before you even step foot onto the golf course or practice facility write down what you would like to accomplish that day. Simply writing it down will create some accountability and motivation. The more specific you are about your goals the better you will see the results.
- Never practice without a purpose: If you don’t have a purpose for what you are doing then you might as well stay at home. Simply practicing to say that you practiced will only get you so far with your improvement. Practice must be quality over quantity. It must be want to over have to.
- Perform goal-oriented drills: Set up drills that have a goal you must achieve before you can move on to something else or go home for the day. Anytime you set a consequence for not achieving a certain goal then you create an atmosphere that can simulate tournament golf.
- Always leave with a sense of accomplishment: If you can learn to practice with a purpose then you will be able to leave practice with a feeling of accomplishment. This will help you build confidence because you know that you got better instead of just going through the motions.