Improve Golf Swing Performance– Better Practice for Better Play!

In order to improve golf swing performance – golfers spend a great deal of time at the driving range and on the practice green.

But to improve golf swing performance, you can’t just practice for practice’s sake. There must be a purpose and structure behind your practice efforts.

In the book, “The Master Key to Success at Golf”, author Leslie King offers instruction on designing practice sessions to help improve golf swing performance.

King writes;

“First of all you must decide your practice objective. It is useless to walk out on to the grass and blaze away with abandon, hitting ball after ball vaguely into the blue. There must be a defined purpose behind every swing you make.

Never hit your practice shots diagonally from the right edge of the fairway over to the left. Play along a defined line to a defined target, aiming to group as many balls as possible in a restricted area. Hitting diagonally across a practice ground or fairway leaves you open to a dangerous tendency which is difficult to describe in terms which the inexperienced will readily appreciate. But you can take my word for it.

Briefly what happens is this. As you play ball after ball the set of the shot played across a defined line will eventually lead to the body turning across from the shoulders with a resultant distortion of the club-line.

Maintenance of the club-line is the whole object of the shaped golf swing, and to facilitate this you must hit parallel to the defined line of the practice ground or fairway. The beginner will find that a useful additional aid to this is placing of a spare club outside the ball and parallel to the line.

If, through lack of a practice ground, you have to practice on the course, as good a spot as any to choose is one of the mown paths cut from the tee through the rough. Playing straight down the path you will have a clearly defined line, and you will be doing no damage to the playing area.

Commence your practice by playing short pitches with the wedge. Then proceed to the eight or seven and into the medium irons and then into the bigger clubs. Always come into that relaxed finish from which you can check on the position of the club-face.

If you find yourself playing a wooden club or a long iron poorly, don’t persist with the club. Discard it temporarily and turn to one of the medium irons and work at the delivery. Then try again with the club which was giving you difficulty.

I would warn you against one of the most common errors into which your practice will lead unless you take care to avoid it. Resist the temptation to reel off one shot after another in quick-fire style. You are not operating a machine-gun set on fixed lines.

You have in your hand a golf club, not a machine, and as you hit ball after ball in practice the danger is that your swing, without your realizing it, will become faster and faster with destructive results to the timing.

This brings us back yet again to the essential need to keep your swing smooth and unhurried at all times. Take your time between each shot and relax a full minute or even more between each half-dozen shots.

You should not worry about the bad strokes you play in your practice session. There are no penalties to be incurred on the practice ground. You are out there not so much to prevent bad shots as to create good ones. That is the positive approach which you can only pursue by carrying on with the swing-shape pictured in your mind.”

Your performance on the course is truly a product of all your practice sessions.

Try implementing King’s tips into your practice routine on the range to improve golf swing performance on the course!

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