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Learning how to do good block practice, coupled with having priority pieces from good lessons, is how I got to the point where my SG:A is usually below the 10 handicap marker and not infrequently below the 5 handicap marker.  

It's also amazing what being able to hit a few balls a day, even if I'm only hitting a dozen, can do to keep my swing in decent order, or get it back after being away.

I've come a long way from the days when going to the range was mostly exercise, no matter what I claimed in those days. 

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I keep a sawed down golf club with gray duct tape as a head to do a little block practice next to my computer. And then there's the WC.

I wonder if practicing with music, not too distracting music, via earbuds helps some stay engaged. It drowns out distractions from the vicinity, helps me keep focused on my own thing. Earbuds are a permanent addition to my bag and I use them if it's not dead quiet.

Steve

Kill slow play. Allow walking. Reduce ineffective golf instruction. Use environmentally friendly course maintenance.

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I think a few studies came out within the past five years that showed:

  • Music during an athletic endeavor decreases performance.
  • Music prior to or on the way to an athletic endeavor increases performance.

These studies involved more than "workouts," where I think music is generally considered okay for increasing stamina while reducing perceived effort (i.e. you can work out a bit harder/longer with music than without).

Never mind that music can affect the tempo and rhythm and length, mute or muffle the sound of impact, etc.

If you're distracted by music, I don't know that you're really focused on your practice as much as you can be. Just tune the other people out — we do it all the time in other parts of life.

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3 minutes ago, iacas said:

I think a few studies came out within the past five years that showed:

  • Music during an athletic endeavor decreases performance.
  • Music prior to or on the way to an athletic endeavor increases performance.

These studies involved more than "workouts," where I think music is generally considered okay for increasing stamina while reducing perceived effort (i.e. you can work out a bit harder/longer with music than without).

Never mind that music can affect the tempo and rhythm and length, mute or muffle the sound of impact, etc.

If you're distracted by music, I don't know that you're really focused on your practice as much as you can be. Just tune the other people out — we do it all the time in other parts of life.

I did not know that. I'll try mentally tuning people out.

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