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How much time do you devote to practice?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
I'm wondering how much practice time you guys devote per week. If you do practice, how do you break it down. Do you have a certain routine?
I currently practice about an hour a day. It is almost all devoted to putting as it is by far my weakest area. I also play about 2 rounds a week.
I'm looking for ideas from other players so I can maximize my results.
post #2 of 21

Track your game, and you'll know where you are losing strokes. How many Fairways do you hit per round? How many GIR's. How many putts per GIR? What's your up-and-down percentage?  Answer those questions, and you will have the answer.

 

Personally, I play 2-3 times a week. I'll go to the range if there is something specific I want to work on, but no more than a couple times a week.  My bones can't take too many range balls.

post #3 of 21

In the winter I usually play once a week and go to the range 3 times.  In the summer I play about 4-5 times a week and am at the course each day practicing.  My routine never changes though.  I only go on days where I have enough time for my whole routine, I don't like rushing things.  My handicap doesn't show my ball striking though.  I lose a lot of strokes on the putting green, so my routine focuses on putting mostly.  

 

I get there and spend 10 minutes on stretching before hitting a basket (50 balls) and progress through my clubs from Wedge to driver obviously. Then I head to the practice green and putt until i'm satisfied.  I start from 3 feet with 3 balls.  I move back all the way to 10 feet at 1 foot intervels only moving when I sink 3 in a row from each spot.  Then I work on break putts and longer putts and so forth.  

post #4 of 21

In the winter, I hit balls either into a net or at a heated range about once per week.  But I also practice set up and swings without a ball in front of a mirror about 5 days per week.  I have the Orange Whip now to work with as well.

 

I have a putting mat in my basement and try to putts some every other day.

post #5 of 21

I'm in Canada. I can't play or practise in the winters. I do make swings infront of a mirror during the winter days, to keep a feel that i work on during the season, but thats all.  

 

During the golf season i play 2-3 times a week,and i practise 6-7 days a week. I'm not set to a routine at the practise range. I always work toward my weaknesses when i practise. Which are long irons and driver. My 125 and in game is my strength, so i generally wouldn't hit more then 1-2 balls with wedges, but spent the majority of the bucket hitting 3 iron. 

post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by KrazyTrain18 View Post

In the winter I usually play once a week and go to the range 3 times.  In the summer I play about 4-5 times a week and am at the course each day practicing.  My routine never changes though.  I only go on days where I have enough time for my whole routine, I don't like rushing things.  My handicap doesn't show my ball striking though.  I lose a lot of strokes on the putting green, so my routine focuses on putting mostly.  

 

I get there and spend 10 minutes on stretching before hitting a basket (50 balls) and progress through my clubs from Wedge to driver obviously. Then I head to the practice green and putt until i'm satisfied.  I start from 3 feet with 3 balls.  I move back all the way to 10 feet at 1 foot intervels only moving when I sink 3 in a row from each spot.  Then I work on break putts and longer putts and so forth.  

I have tried this drill.  It's a great drill for bringing pressure to the practice green.  Once I get to the 7 foot range, I get nervous about missing.

post #7 of 21

2-4 hours minimum on weekends; I like to dedicate an afternoon on saturday. If I can play competition golf or a course it's sunday.

 

depending on work (agency locations change) I go to practice for lunch, that 5 hours of practice per week.

 

the thing is I love practicing, especially my short game shots around a green with friends we play closest to the flag, hitting range boards etc.

 

One thing I've learned : a big volume of practice is of very little help. i progress really when i take lessons. practice is really for the touch, confidence and fun part but not much more.

post #8 of 21
10-15 minutes around the chipping green before the round, and maybe 10 mid to short iron swings on the range.
post #9 of 21

At present, roughly 3 hours a week practice with 2+ rounds total during the week and/or weekend.

Currently getting used to a new putter so im in constant putt putt mode, indoor and out lol.

post #10 of 21

With winter here I spend most of my practice time hitting into nets, swinging in front of mirrors and cameras and putting on my 18' birdieball mat. How much varies on my schedule but it's at least 30 minutes a day. Typically in the morning following my workout. Usually hit about 80 balls, half with a wedge into a chipping net and half with different club each day.  If I am home at night I'll hit more balls into the net with a mid iron. My goal this winter is to increase my flexibility so I may mix some of that into practice, just bought a golf specific flexibility training book.

post #11 of 21

A couple of swings to loosen up before a round, and maybe a few putts on the practice green.

post #12 of 21

Most single digit handicaps practice/play a lot while a few just warm up before a round? (according to the postings so far) Interesting as I am trying to be a single digit handicap someday. I've heard a lot about putting practice so far. Hmmm.

post #13 of 21

During golf season I hit balls at least once a week and spend a coupe of hours chipping/pitching. I play 27 holes a week on average, 18 and 9. I also practice putting on my indoor mat while I watch tv throughout the week. When I chip/pitch I always putt out each ball as if I am playing a real round. 

post #14 of 21

I putt on my living room carpet at least 5 minutes every day and I try to go to the range twice a week.

post #15 of 21
I'm no doubt atypical since I am in the process of getting back into the game after quite a few year layoff. At this point I am spending 8 to 10 hours a week on the range and pitching green. I too putt out when chipping/pitching assuming I have the green to myself. Recently I have also been trying to spend at least another half hour a day on the putting green, so another 2 - 3 hours a week there.

So far as a routine, I always start on the range hitting a pitching wedge sorta working up to full swings. From there, it's usually whatever I'm working on after the latest lesson.

Right now the course is staying pretty busy so I'm not playing that much, trying for nine in the afternoon once or twice a week when it looks like I can get around without too much waiting. I am hoping by the spring to spend more time on the course than on the range...
post #16 of 21

I know this is the reason for my lack of game but i never practice in the winter, its just too cold for me to care. I have a trip coming in early feb to florida so i'll probably hit a few buckets the week before but thats it. I tend to go to the range a little more in the spring but not very often at all.

post #17 of 21

Well I work about 60 hours a week so my playing / practice time is limited. During the winter I try to play if the temp is 45* or above. If not I go to the heated range. At the range I usually hit 120 to 150 balls (I know the number of balls because the machine feeds the balls one at a time via an underground feeding system and keeps track of your usage).  I try to hit the range twice a week.

 

During the spring/summer/fall I play ~27 holes a week (18 & 9) and hit the range once a week.

post #18 of 21

I'm still working on getting a consistent swing.  I have a membership to a golf practice area and get between 30-90 minutes per day (depending on how crowded it is).  I also work a bit on my putting stroke at home, maybe 10 minutes per day.

 

I just started a few months ago and only played par-3 courses last summer.  I'm looking to make the jump to full length courses so I hope to be more comfortable with my woods by April time.

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