Practice with a Purpose

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Practice with a Purpose
Category: Practice
Sub-Category: Psychology, Course Strategy, Fairway Shots, Tee Shots, Backswing

Video Transcript

Video Golf Tip | Practice with a Purpose

Practicing with a purpose is critical. You know that when you are out here you should be working on specific things. To get any skill you and transfer it to the golf course, which our ultimate goal is, there are three things. First you have to understand what it is you are trying to do, whether it is your backswing, your swing plane or your grip, whatever it may be you have to really understand it. The next part is that you have to acquire the skill, which means practice out here on the driving range hitting some shots. The last part is transfer. Transferring it to the golf course, and that also requires practice. Here I am going to practice that I am on the eighteenth hole at Pebble Beach and I have to hit a nice tee shot. On the left I have the ocean, in the middle of the fairway I have the trees, so I am going to line up at the tree out there and see if I can hit a nice tee shot. So I am seeing the shot, seeing what it takes. Boy that came our nice. Exactly how I had imagined it. Now I am a little bit behind the tree and I have to lay up to the corner and I am going to hit a 4-iron. I see how the elbow of the bunker comes out, I am going to play just a little bit to the right. That came out ok. Now I have a 7-iron because I have about 100 and 30 yards, the green is a little uphill. That bunker and the flagstick are where the stick looks like it is in the bunker, so I want to make sure that I have enough club to cover the bunker. Let's take a look here. Oh, go in. Boy was that a nice shot. Practicing transfer training is critical for you to actually take the skill from the range onto the golf course. You are replicating the stuff here on the range and it will start to show up on the golf course. Make this a regular part of your practice and you will see your course management and your scores greatly improve.

About the Instructor
Laird Small
Laird Small
Pebble Beach Golf Academy
1700 17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Tel: 831-622-8650

Laird Small is Director of The Pebble Beach Golf Academy and is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #23 instructor in the world.


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