Winter Practice Tips
> Make 50 swings a day!
> Practice a couple of minutes a day on swing positions. You can use a mirror to do this.
> Practice a couple of minutes a day on balance. Practicing with air filled discs or a balance board is good.
> Practice with a swing fan or a tempo trainer such as “The Orange Whip”.
> 5-10 minutes a day can go a long way to help you reach your goals.
> Make 50 putts a day!
> Putting mats are great for putting practice. Try to buy one with markings that line you up with the hole. If you can’t, then draw the lines on the mat that does not.
> Practice making putts from 3’, 5’, 7’, etc.
> Practice keeping still and listening to the ball drop.
> Practice tempo with a metronome set on 72-79 bpm.
> When you practice with a putting mat you are practicing proper line, gaining confidence, and improving tempo.
> Keys to Great Chipping
o Proper ball position
o Good starting hand position
o Short swings with minimal wrist movement
> All of these key fundamentals can be practiced indoors. Hitting chips into a net is a good way to practice technique. Using a mirror to practice your key positions can also be productive.
> Keys to good pitching are very similar to the keys we use for chipping.
> After the basic setup fundamentals a simple pitching motion is better. Less of everything is a theme:
- Less swing
- Less moving parts
- Less wrist
- Less backswing
> The biggest difference in between the chip and the pitch is shaft angle. A pitch is hit with a shaft angle that doesn’t lean towards the target as much as a chip.
> Practicing hitting pitch shots into a net is also good practice. While doing so, practice a good tempo with soft arms and shoulders.