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Curious to hear and glean some tips from some of y'all's practice routines. What kind of routines do you go with to keep your game crisp? Range routines, short game practice, at home practice, whatever you're doing to get that Handicap dropping!

What kind of frequency you're practicing, specific things you're focusing on, games you play on the range to get closer to real-round scenarios, let us hear it!

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Depends on where I’m at with my swing. I try to do a portion working in drills, then another working on shots and finish with some wedge work. One thing I’ve gotten away from is a session dedicated to putting and chipping.

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8 minutes ago, ncwoz said:

Curious to hear and glean some tips from some of y'all's practice routines. What kind of routines do you go with to keep your game crisp? Range routines, short game practice, at home practice, whatever you're doing to get that Handicap dropping!

What kind of frequency you're practicing, specific things you're focusing on, games you play on the range to get closer to real-round scenarios, let us hear it!

When I'm on the driving range, I just try to mix it up and go at targets like I would at the golf course. I don't get too detailed on the range because if I'm hitting a bucket of balls, I'm probably more concerned with something other than specifically where the ball is going - until I'm ready to verify the success of what I've been working on. I do switch up clubs and I do it in random order based on how I'm feeling and what I think I need to spend time on.

One thing I like to do when working on short game is drop 3-5 balls and practice pitching chipping. Once all balls have been hit, I'll walk over to the one furthest from the hole and hole out with all balls from there. The objective being that my proximity is good enough for me to one-putt most if not all balls and definitely should not 3-putt. I'll do the same thing when working on lag putting.

The one other thing I've done (with much less frequency) is I'll setup a putting station somewhere within 5' of the hole using alignment rods and/or a putting mirror.

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When I'm on the range, I'm usually either working on something specific in my swing until it feels comfortable or working on hitting the ball to targets. I also spend a lot of time working on half wedge shots because this can be a weakness in my game if I don't practice it enough.

One thing I like to do on the practice green, that has helped me a lot, is to set up a 9 hole putt putt course. I play each hole as a par 2 and work on how well I can shoot. I feel like this routine has helped me when I play real rounds because I'm putting the same pressure to score on myself, when I practice this way, and try to avoid 3 putts.

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Just back from the range.

2 clubs down for alignment, then using a 6 iron only working on a proper turn, proper hip turn in the backswing and not a sway, then proper turn in the downswing.

Then at the end I hit Driver to ensure any changes are working for the long game.

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Depends on what I need to work on, if its just a general range session, I will pull the driver out, hit a drive, then based on that pick the next club in shot succession to the green, this way practice is more like play. If I need to work on something specific I will do that. 

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9 minutes ago, perseveringgolfer said:

2 clubs down for alignment, then using a 6 iron only working on a proper turn, proper hip turn in the backswing and not a sway, then proper turn in the downswing.

Then at the end I hit Driver to ensure any changes are working for the long game.

Ah okay, I like that. So do you typically do most of your work with a select few mid-irons and then get it dialed in with the longer clubs, as opposed to hitting "up the bag" with most/all your irons?

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1 minute ago, ncwoz said:

Ah okay, I like that. So do you typically do most of your work with a select few mid-irons and then get it dialed in with the longer clubs, as opposed to hitting "up the bag" with most/all your irons?

Yes, any swing changes or 'bedding in' a change works best with a mid iron. You can then take that to the rest of your bag.

I can't claim the credit for this, I adopted it a few years ago when Rory Mcilroy stated it's the club he uses for changes or swing improvements. Makes sense to me.

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I typically start out with a 7i. then driver and woods. We also have 2 practice holes and my focus there is solely pitching, chipping.and putting. 

I view the work at both range and practice holes as a way to inspire my confidence in specific clubs,  if a club wasn't working for me at my last game. 

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27 minutes ago, perseveringgolfer said:

Yes, any swing changes or 'bedding in' a change works best with a mid iron. You can then take that to the rest of your bag.

I can't claim the credit for this, I adopted it a few years ago when Rory Mcilroy stated it's the club he uses for changes or swing improvements. Makes sense to me.

Huh, I really like that. I'll give it a go, thanks for the tip!!

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I start by swinging the Orange Whip to loosen up. Then over to the practice green. Chipping from fairway or fringe with the PW or 9 iron, then green side rough lies with the sand wedge. Those are every time, and less frequently I’ll hope in the trap for some bunker practice, which I should really do every time.

I then go up through the bag PW to driver hitting full shots. Once I’m finished with driver I’ll then pick out random flags and hit out of order, 5-iron, PW, 7-iron, 5-wood, etc.

Finally PW practice for all those quarter-swing, half-swing distances.



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I haven't be out to just practice in quite a while. Before I play it's always the same routine.

56*, 7i, driver, chip and putt. Then it's off to the tee box.

 

 

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I start by easy chipping and pitch with my L wedge, not really focusing on hitting targets or distances, but just loosening up the body. Then do the same with the driver, easy swings, tho i am more focused on ball flight and direction I dont get hung up to much. After Ive warmed up i start hitting seriously. I’ll alternate doing ladder drills with a wedge (chip a ball 5 yards, let it roll out, then try to land the next ball where the the previous ball finished, repeating this until i hit a full swing with a wedge). Then pull out the driver, i pick a left and right boundary (imagining a fairway) and will hit 2-3 balls. Randomly i’ll pull out an iron and hit a few shots at a target or on a line. I like to focus a lot on wedges and driver as those clubs really determine the score of my round. 

After I’m done with a bucket, ill get another medium bucket and play and imaginary round in the my head based off course I’ve played or seen. I’ll do my preshot routine before every shot, imagine the flight of the ball and where i want to land and hit. I try to be true to myself and so a bad drive will lead me to hitting punch out shots from “the trees” or hitting towering wedge shots to get over “the trees” back into a “fairway”. If i hit an approach shot that goes offline from my target ill then hit a chip or pitch depending on the quality of the approach shot. When I chip i pick out a spot on the range and try to land the ball there. If i hit the spot i’ll Give myself a 1 putt, miss the spot by 1-3 yards, a 2 putt, anymore incures a 3 putt. Once i finish up the round i can Talley up a score. Really helps me transfer my practice on the range to play on the course. 

Lastly I’ll head to the putting green. I use 1 ball and “play” 18 holes, always from 20 or more out, focusing on 2 putting every hole and finishing with a score of 36. My theory is that on the course I’m gonna be hitting my first putt usually from a long ways away, i should practice this scenario so I’m not freaked out when i really play and hit a shot onto a green that leaves me a 30 foot putt. Also, i like usuing one ball so i cant use the crutch of “oh i hit that one to hard, ill hit this one softer and say ‘that’s the putt i really would’ve hit on the course’”, i try to have a do or die mentality on the putting green.

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I start my routine with simple stretching of the legs back and upper body. 

I move to hitting about 5-7 shots each starting with my 56 degree wedge at a target about 50 yards or so away.

After hitting the wedges I move to the short irons of the pw-8. Again hitting about 5 balls each iron at a target about 100 yards away.

Repeat the process with my longer irons now 7-5 iron at the 150 yard marker hitting this time no more than 5 balls.

Then ending the range session with my hybrid to the driver hitting about 10 balls total with those. Ill hit a few extra just incase something feels off with these.

I'll then go to the chipping area and work on controlled distances slightly off the green and in deeper rough to get a feel for how the ball will react in the weather today. I'll just bring about 4-5 balls with me and chip and bump around for around 15 mins.

I'll then finish the session with putting first setting up with close putts about 3-5 feet away and get a feel for the speed of the greens. Then work my way further out til I'm putting about 20 feet away and trying to lag putt to the pin. This will help on distance and speed control or the greens you'll likely be playing for the day.

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I make sure I stretch properly before I begin.  Then use a 7 iron with half shots to add speed (10 - 15 shots).  Hit full shots using course routine.  Will stay with the 7 iron until I am confident with consistency and ball flight then move to the 5 iron, 5 wood and driver.  Usually end with hitting random clubs to targets.

For short game I have a putting green in my yard that I can hit up to 50 yard pitch shots.  I try to have a quick practice at least twice a week.

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I'll warm up by hitting 2-3 shots per club. Then I'll often take an old scorecard with me and play through 18 holes.. at least the non putting part. I'll make up scenarios to go with my good and poor strikes. This way I'm cycling through all or most of my clubs.

If I don't have a scorecard, I'll still play an imaginary round in my head.. or at least create scenarios that require use of various clubs.

I'll always finish my range session with some chip and putt practice. Similar to the range, I'll work my around the green chipping from different lies and distances from the hole. Imagining that the chip is my 3rd shot so it's important to be within makeable putt distance. This adds just enough pressure so that the practice is more meaningful.

the more I practice, the luckier I seem to get..

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Not a big range person. I prefer putting green and short game.

Pre round would be hit 3/4 wedge shots, 3/4 7 irons and 3/4 drivers. I’ll chip/pitch a few to get the swing going and then putt some 20/30 footers to calibrate green speed.

Practice would be mostly chips and pitches. If I go to the range it is generally to work on specific technique things with my swing. Range balls prohibit distance calibration for pitching. I have a couple of courses near me with short game areas but not a real green. The ones that have a real green only have room for short shots.

My other practice range is the gc quad at MGS headquarters. When I have some extra time I work on some mechanics.

My home putting range is a start line trainer that I use to roll balls through gates to work on face control.

So lots of “ranges” where I work on specific things.

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I'm also not a range person, unless I need to work on something.  I made a swing change last year, so I did spend more time on the range than usual.  I may/may not use the range before a round.  I don't have any noticeable differences whether I do or not.  I will spend 15 minutes stretching and hitting pitch shots to the practice green to feel my tempo.  I will also chip and putt for 15 minutes to get a feel for the day's green speed before a round.  It makes a difference whether I play in the morning or later in the day.

Most practice days are in the short game area and putting green.  I may hit a few 9i and driver shots on the range, but probably no more than 20 balls total.  I also play practice shots on the golf course when the course is empty... best practice area there is.

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Prior to a game, I'll hit a few wedges, then a few mid irons, then the driver, then head over to the putting green, chip a few then putt.

For practice time, it varies depending on what I'm trying to accomplish.  I spend much more time working on 100 yards and in than my long game.  When I work on my long game, I'm generally working on path and rotation.

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For me it depends what I’m looking to do. I always start by stretching and putting a club across my chest to feel a good shoulder turn. From there I’ll hit 4-5 PWs to feel the swing.

Once that’s done I’ll try and focus on one thing. I’ll use my 7i for that, then work my way around the bag until the bucket is done. I’ll usually end with 4-5 drivers unless the big dog is something I worked on during the session.

I make sure to always have an alignment rod on the ground so I can work on a consistent setup, and I always have a defined target for each club. Even when I’m working on something body specific, like my shoulder turn, I have a target in mind (even if the ball doesn’t always end up there).


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