Developing golf skills and improving performance
Evaluation, understanding and a deep commitment to golf practice will allow you to know what golf practice goals you are working on and how to get there.
Few people like to do something bad and players are always passionate about developing their golf skills and improving performance.
Many professional and amateur golfers set skill development goals and then create an effective practice system to achieve those goals.
First, keep a record of vital statistics while playing a round of golf.
This is quite easy to do if you simply record a little extra information on your score card. Basic performance statistics focus on four areas: fair hits, vegetables, putts and short game skills. The first two statistics provide an indication of total balance mechanics; the last two identify the player’s ability within the crucial area 100 yards from the green – the touch shots. Identifying the strongest and weakest areas of your game will allow you to take the second step; setting goals.
If you don’t hit the fairway too often, it’s hard to put the ball on the green and give yourself a chance to putt for a good score. Missing the fair means finding your ball in the rough, in the trees, in danger or out of bounds. Once you have defined your practice goals, you are ready for the third step; practice to improve performance.
Golfing involves understanding, a deep commitment and evaluation. In other words, you must know what you are working for and how you are working for it. You must be committed to achieving that goal and be willing to put in the necessary time, and you must monitor your progress so that, once you reach that goal, you can set and pursue the next goal.
If you set a routine goal, such as hitting 50% of fairs and follow that goal by the practical goal of hitting 13 out of 21 training fairs, you could establish a schedule and monitor your progress.
Then, commit to a regular workout time each week.
Start by doing practical swings in your living room to assess your mechanics, but better yet, plan to spend a night or two several nights a week on a training track, working out on exercises.
Finally, have a mechanism to monitor your progress. To see if you can hit 12 out of 20 practice fairs, go to the training ground, take 20 golf balls and see how many you can pet on a fairway.
Skill improvement does not always need to be firmly coupled with performance, especially for the novice. Developing and achieving practice goals in a practice by putting green will accelerate your progress towards becoming an accomplished putter.