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post #19 of 30
So you are saying if I were to hit 80 balls only working on key#1 it would be better than my current practice setup?
post #20 of 30
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So you are saying if I were to hit 80 balls only working on key#1 it would be better than my current practice setup?

That's the general principle behind the "stupid monkey" training. It's better to ingrain the good technique from the drills than to hit full shots which probably has flaws and ingrain those flaws further.

post #21 of 30
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So you are saying if I were to hit 80 balls only working on key#1 it would be better than my current practice setup?

 

If Key #1 was your priority piece, definitely.

post #22 of 30
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Mvmac, I think we are just using different words for the same thing. "Fundamentals" that I'm working on right now are keeping my left wrist flat at the top of the backswing and at impact, a long slow one piece takeaway, and being extremely smooth. Are those the type of things you are saying to work on? I don't just hit balls... unless I need to take out some anger haha.
post #23 of 30

Another way to look at time spent on the driving  range, or practice facilities in general, is to help prevent surprises when actually golfing for fun, and/or a score. Why wait for a shot you have never seen, or tried before, to show up while on the course with a score card in your hand? I also mix up my practice shots up to prevent boredom from settling in. 

post #24 of 30

My coach does supervised practices at the range and I am really liking it. I feel like I get more done in that hour than anything I do on my own.  I just take what we work on there home, it's just one thing so easy to remember. He sets up the camera and FlightScope so we get brief follow up videos with a little feedback. In just two weeks my numbers improved significantly. An hour of range time is $10 so $35 for the supervised practice is a bargain.

post #25 of 30
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Work on improving the piece or pieces that need improvement. Need the practice to be specific, not just something general like "fundamentals".

 

 Simple, Specific, Slow, Short, and Success - The Five "S"s of Great Practice 

 

 

The routine you outlined is just hitting a bunch of balls, there isn't anything specific you're working on or trying to improve. See the thread above.

I guess that makes sense although I never saw it that way.  I always thought I should be working on course situations but it doesn't really matter if I can hit the 150 stick with a 7 iron if the technique is flawed.  On top of that, hitting range balls doesn't really project a very accurate snapshot of a swing

 

I will read that thread and see how the practice time I get will change what happens to my swing on the course

post #26 of 30
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Originally Posted by Brian W View Post

So you are saying if I were to hit 80 balls only working on key#1 it would be better than my current practice setup?
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Originally Posted by 14ledo81 View Post
 

 

If Key #1 was your priority piece, definitely.

 

@14ledo81 is correct :-)

 

 

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Originally Posted by Unforgiven93 View Post

Mvmac, I think we are just using different words for the same thing. "Fundamentals" that I'm working on right now are keeping my left wrist flat at the top of the backswing and at impact, a long slow one piece takeaway, and being extremely smooth. Are those the type of things you are saying to work on? I don't just hit balls... unless I need to take out some anger haha.

 

Sound good to me. I would also recommend integrating some slow speed swings feeling your pieces.

 

@iacas just posted a great video of his practice

http://thesandtrap.com/t/43987/my-swing-iacas/342#post_1010615

 

My practice from today 

http://thesandtrap.com/t/40164/my-swing-mvmac/234#post_1012331

post #27 of 30

I am a quite a new player (Prob 18 months) and have started to get lessons, One of the things I have been told to practise is shifting most of my weight to my left leg on the down swing so that I take a divot after the ball

 

How is it possible to know you have hit a good shot (Divot) at a driving range, We have no ranges in the UK that offer the use of grass?

post #28 of 30
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I am a quite a new player (Prob 18 months) and have started to get lessons, One of the things I have been told to practise is shifting most of my weight to my left leg on the down swing so that I take a divot after the ball

How is it possible to know you have hit a good shot (Divot) at a driving range, We have no ranges in the UK that offer the use of grass?

Since you're new, don't get used to taking deep divots. Many of us start off thinking we need to take deep divots.

All the new GI/SGI clubs have tons of bounce in them, so divots should be really shallow to nearly nonexistent. You still want to hit down, but it's not as crucial to hit down as hard as with a more traditional club.
post #29 of 30
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Originally Posted by Lihu View Post


Since you're new, don't get used to taking deep divots. Many of us start off thinking we need to take deep divots.

All the new GI/SGI clubs have tons of bounce in them, so divots should be really shallow to nearly nonexistent. You still want to hit down, but it's not as crucial to hit down as hard as with a more traditional club.

 

Yes the Pro I am getting lessons off said the same, He wants to see a thin divot after the ball (Easier said than done)

 

I went the range today and could not hit anything well, I left and had numb fingers and a sore thumb on my right hand from club vibration, It was near on impossible to know if I had carried out a good shot, I came home frustrated grabbed my 8 iron and went onto the field behind my house, I hit 20-30 good shots out of say 50 taking a nice divot on quite a few, I think I will be giving the driving range a miss from now on

post #30 of 30

A lot of people go to the range and just beat balls with their favorite clubs.  I try to work on the two or three clubs that I don't like.  I try to make them my favorite.  I know I can roll out of bed and hit my 4 iron or PW.  I need to practice my 7 iron and hybrid. 

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