Practice Before a Golf Round is More Than Just Hitting Balls
How you practice before a round of golf is a lot different than if you are just going to come out and work on your golf swing without playing golf. When you are practicing and preparing for a round of golf you are loosing your body up you are getting an idea of what your swing feels like that day and you are going to go with that particular swing. I always tell golfers sometimes you have your A swing, your B swing and your C swing.
Start Warming Up by Chipping Shots
So I recommend when you go out to the golf course and you are getting ready to play how I want you to warm up is to start out taking a sand wedge, pick out a target, know your distance and just loosen up hitting little shots getting target oriented, loosening up your muscle, getting the confidence of hitting solid golf shots and get a feel for your swing. By doing that your chipping and pitching will get a little better. What I recommend is one day hit odd clubs, one day hit even clubs. You are hitting a different golf club every time.
Find a Target to Sense How You are Hitting the Ball
Now as I start to warm up I want to get really target oriented. I want to pick a target out and as I hit golf shots I am really focused on hitting the golf ball to my target. I might hit five balls with each club going up through my bag until I get to my woods. The next time I get ready to play I might do my even clubs. I am trying to get a sense of how I am hitting the golf ball and what swing I am going to take to the golf course. I do not want to come out here and start working on mechanics, that is something I am going to do after I play golf. If I have a little fade going that day I am going to play with that fade.
Practice Result-Oriented Golf
Another thing I would like to share with you is when you rate a shot rate the result of the shot first before you rate the contact. If you hit a shot that was at your target and maybe on a scale from one to 10 it was an eight but the contact was only a six well that result is more important because the we are playing result oriented golf when we go out to play. So remember that playing golf and practicing golf are completely different. When you get ready to play a round of golf get in a playing mode instead of a practicing mode.