We’ve all seen it. There is always a golfer at the range that hits an extra-large bucket, making seemingly the same swing from the first ball to the last. The driver is likely his/her club of choice at the range when it makes up less than 15% of strokes in an average round. Even less for higher handicapped golfers. Although there is no substitute for repetition, a golfer must be disciplined in their approach to practice. Aimlessly hitting buckets of balls at the range isn’t an effective way to implement swing changes or to simulate the pressure of a round.
The best way to replicate the tough shots you have to hit in a round, or implement the swing changes from a lesson with a professional is to introduce competition into your practice regimen. Having a practice partner is a great way to add competition and feedback. Whether it’s having an extra set of eyes to spot bad habits or someone to compete against to test skills under pressure, having a practice partner is a great way to make each shot matter. We suggest picking a practice partner carefully. Make sure your practice partner can show up regularly and dedicate the time required. A practice partner at a comparable skill level will also prevent the better golfer spending entire practice sessions giving the other lessons.