by Frank Peter
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When you get the urge to get your game in shape, make a plan and stick to it. As with golf, and anything else in life, a little planning goes a long way toward success.
Work on One Drill
If you're swaying for instance, only work on that. A common mistake many of us make is that we lose our focus. If you hit a bad shot because you lifted your head too soon, don't change your practice thoughts. Remain focused on how to avoid swaying. Otherwise, you'll go around in circles and never accomplishing anything! Continue working on one swing thought until you've perfected it-- then move on to another area such as lifting the head too soon.
Practice Like You're Playing
If you're at the range hitting balls, don't smash them recklessly. Practice each shot with a purpose. Remember, your time on the range should be constructive. The more real you can make it, the more valuable it becomes when you're on the course. This doesn't mean you always have to be ultra-serious. Just approach each shot as though there is a goal. This creates muscle memory and is the way all good players approach practice!
Breakdown Your Game
It is important to break down your game before every practice session. Golf can be broken down into four main areas: ball striking, short game, mental game, and course management. How do you rate your game in each of these areas? When you know, devote the majority of your practice time to the weaker areas. This will benefit you in the long run. What follows is a list of points to work on when you're practicing golf's essentials.
Practice a Pre-Shot Routine
The more consistent your routine is before you hit a shot, the more steady your play will be. Take some time to develop a checklist or routine and keep it simple! In a short time, it will become habit-- steering you toward better all-around golf.