The best players in the world spend time getting themselves ready, they are prepared for the golf ahead but that’s not the case with most weekend golfers. They just get out of their carts, grab their kits, and hit the first tee which in most cases could be rubbish. So, it is very important that we spend time thinking about what we do in preparation before the big tee-off. This may vary from golfer to golfer as some might need more practice than others.
The Best Time to Start Practicing
Regardless of whether you are a pro or an amateur you might need time to get ready before hitting your first tee, this can be started half hour before 10 minutes from your first tee. For instance, if your first tee is at 12 noon then arrive 40 minutes before 12, practice for half an hour, and use the remaining 10 minutes to get ready.
Don’t go over half an hour as it is plenty of time to get ready because overdoing practice might leave you tired before your first tee-off. If you are near or living around Orange County, you can book a tee time with Mile Square Golf Course. They have slots available to be booked online.
You can divide your 30 minutes into thirds, meaning slots of 10 minutes, and use these slots to practice:
- Long Shots
- Short Shots
You can practice them in any order as you see fit but it is very important that you concentrate on whatever you’re practicing. It’s not necessary that you have to put aside 30 minutes for practice, you can practice for less but whatever you do divide the time into three slots which you can use for practicing these shots in any order that you like.
Practicing Long Shots
So, when you get to the course, start with a couple of short shots first to get yourself loose. After that, make sure to set a target so that you get to aiming at a target down the course. Check the alignment and take a swing of your in ordnance with the initial target that you set before starting, make an assessment with the target that you have set and where the ball landed, and practice a few more shots as well.
Don’t try and fix your shots if you’re seeing tendencies on the range, as it’s not the time to do so. Instead try and take 3-4 shots from each of your clubs so that you get a good grip on all of them, checking your alignment along with each shot as well. An important thing to keep in mind is that the time to work on your swing is a week before the event and not on the present day, instead, you have to make things work with what you’ve got on that particular day.
Practicing Short Shots
Once your 10 minutes are up, move on to the next phase which is practicing the short shots. Take out 2-3 balls from your bag and go around the green to play different shots which you might encounter in the game, use different wedges and hit some bunker shots, 20, 30 or even 50 yards shots might help you get in the game. Practicing these shots is important because one does not know what they might encounter on the golf course hence practicing these variable shots is very important.
Just like the long shots, set a target down the course and try and aim for that target, checking the alignment with every shot that you take. Work your way through different distances to practice your distance control techniques and lastly go through all of your clubs as well to get a good grip on them for short shots.
The thing to keep in mind is that you should not stick with only practicing the 6-foot shots, instead try shots from left and right, try both uphill and downhill shots as these are some of the shots that you might encounter during the tournament. Treat every putt like it’s a proper putt, try to mark it, line it up, and read it as this might prove to be a confidence booster for you.
The last thing to remember is to always finish every section whether it’s the long game, the short game, or the putting green on a lovely shot. If that means that you’re finished before the 10 minutes mark then good for you, move onto the next section if any. Give yourself plenty of time to prepare but don’t go too much into debt with it.