Most golfers spend their time on the range on autopilot. Sure, they might be thinking of swing mechanics as they pound through a bucket of balls, but many times they hit 7-iron after 7-iron trying to find the perfect groove. There is no focus.
Golf54 offers courses that helps golfers make their practice much more effective. Golfers need to know how to practice and what to practice. Lynn Marriott refers to the way Americans practice as an entirely separate culture from the game of golf. When does a player ever hit consecutive 7-irons on the golf course, she asks? Hopefully, never.
“Here’s the rule,” Marriott tells her students. “If you want to play better on the golf course, then you have to practice like you’re playing on the golf course.”
It is recommended that players spend at least half of their time on the practice area simulating “real golf.” This means putting with one ball on the practice green rather than three. This means staging a short-game contest that involves hitting a chip shot and then putting out. The key is to practice golf; don’t practice practice.
“I never hit one ball after another to the same target without my routine,” said LPGA player Giulia Sergas. “I’m less in my swing and more in the game.”
Another tour player, Alena Sharp, cools down from a session on the range by mentally playing nine holes with her caddie.
Much of what goes on at a Golf54 school centers around practice. Drills like the Tai Chi swing, where players swing the club in super-slow motion, sometimes take as long as two minutes without hitting a ball.
“If you can’t do it slow,” Marriott said, “how do you expect to swing fast?”
Sergas learned this technique in March during one of their seminars and now incorporates it into her warm-up routine. Each afternoon at the “Every Purpose” school, Marriott and Nilsson show players a variety of drills they can use to improve their practice sessions.
A one-day seminar named, “The Game Before the Game,” goes even further into detail about how to properly warm up, maintain your swing and take good results from the range to the course.