Re: practice routine/scheduleI feel the best way to practice is by mapping your game on the course. Keep track of how many drives, fairway woods, long, mid, short irons, putts, chips, bunker shots, etc. Then concentrate your practice on the shots you need to improve on.
Most people will spend more time pounding balls on the range, but the most important part of the game is the scoring range of shots from 125 yards and in. I dedicate 75% of my practice time to wedges, pitch shots, bunker shots, chipping and putting.
As your handicap gets lower, the harder it is to shave those last few strokes off your game, and the more important the short game and putting become. I see many scratch golfers play, and the difference between a scratch and a 2 or 3 is mainly putting. The scratch golfer makes those 5 to 10 footers more often.
Chipping and putting practice are boring, but the payoff will be greater. Who doesn't want to collect $$$ from their buddies at the end of the day?