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How to Practice Golf Effectively

As an avid or even a once-a-week golfer, most try to improve their golf game. I found an interesting, informative and understandable article on a golf site that I would like to share with those who might be interested.
     Practice and repetition is important but there is much more. How long you practice, practice anything, varies with the individual but going longer than two hours daily for those who are not professionals is often not as effective because the ability to concentrate wanes. I hope to continue with more suggestions for improving your golf game throughout the summer. May you read and continue to hit them long and straight.
1. Try to do something golf related every day. Sometimes it’s better to do something for 5-10 minutes each day, rather than one long session per week. It will keep your game fresh, and prevent more rust from building up.
2. Play games. It’s been proven that the brain can’t learn unless you are challenging it with random tasks. Showing up to the range and hitting your driver for 20 minutes won’t do much to improve your golf game. This is exactly why practice games are so effective. They simulate real pressure that you will feel on the course and encourage you to practice like you play.
3. Establish your feel first. Many professionals are huge proponents of making sure you get comfortable or acquire a feel on shorter shots before moving into full swings, and this is one of the greatest golf tips that has been making its way around for years. Establishing your feel on shots from 15-45 yards is a great way to warm up and get your swing in sync before you move on to your longer clubs.
4. Figure out your impact location. Many coaches specialize in helping golfers figure out how to maximize their impact. When your club makes contact with the ball this is “the moment of truth,” and the ball gets its marching orders. Almost every golfer has no understanding of where they are making impact on their irons and woods, and it’s extremely important information. One suggestion is while on the practice range, use a dry erase marker to figure out where you are making contact with your irons and similarly with your driver and fairway woods.
5. Work on your tempo. The timing of your swing is critically important. Good golf is all about repetition, and the tempo of your golf swing is at the heart of it. Working with beats can be an extremely effective way for all golfers to find a rhythm that works for them, and allow them to repeat it from swing to swing.
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