Use a Notebook During Golf Practice
When you head out to the local golf practice facility to work on your game, it is tempting to just get a few swings in, roll a few putts, and call it a day. In fact, this is the way most amateurs go about their practice sessions. They are very casual, and don’t pay close attention to any of the details. Perhaps, then, it is no surprise that most golfers don’t ever get any better and stay around the same handicap for years.
If you actually want to have your practice time pay off and be rewarded with lower scores, you will need to put in more effort during practice. Using a notebook is a good start, and here are a few reasons why –
- Note yardages. One of the biggest things you need to know when you are out on the course is how far each of your clubs will fly. Take the chance you have on the driving range to make notes about how far your clubs fly so you can reference that information out on the course. It shouldn’t add much time to your practice routine to make a few notes after hitting some shots, and that information can be invaluable when you really need it.
- Write down swing thoughts. Have you ever had a practice session where everything felt great and you were hitting beautiful shots – and then the next time out you are completely clueless as to how you were doing it? Make notes during the practice sessions that go well and reference them when your swing starts to go off track. Sometimes all it takes is a quick note or two to jog your memory on what you were doing that was so effective. Don’t make the mistake of assuming you will remember – write it down and keep the notebook in your golf bag for quick reference.
- Log what you have done. Good golfers work on all of the various aspects of their games so they are prepared for just about anything they will encounter on the course. By keeping a log of your practice routines, you will be able to look back and see what parts of your game you have been practicing – and which you haven’t. It will only take a minute or two at the end of each practice session to write out what you did, but that information could really help make sure you are prepared for your next round.