It pains me to walk along the driving range and watch countless players hit mountains of golf balls with no purpose. I firmly believe practice makes perfect, but feel the saying should be adjusted to say PROPER practice makes perfect. What is PROPER PRACTICE? I would say any practice that helps you reach your improvement goals. After determining your goals (see Set Real Goals to Achieve Real Success) you need to implement a practice plan.
Today, I want to talk about two different practice styles: block practice and dynamic practice. In a previous post, I instructed players on How to Practice when Playing Well. In that post I introduced the idea of dynamic practice, also known as random practice. In this post, I will introduce block practice and compare it to dynamic practice.
Block practice is most similar to the practice style used by the majority of golfers while using the driving range. The difference between the two is that with block practice, you have a PURPOSE. This style of practice should be implemented when making a change in your swing technique. Obviously, it is the style of practice I use when instructing most players that are new to my lesson tee. It is critical in this style of practice to master the technique you are working on and convert it into a SKILL. Players that are implementing block practice should make numerous rehearsal and slow motion swings. Often, a swing drill will be performed during block practice. Block practice is done slowly with little variety in club selection.
Dynamic practice, on the other hand, is different in that the club, target, and shot style can change on a swing-by-swing basis. Dynamic practice is very similar to play on the golf course. When teaching my players to use dynamic practice, I often have them simulate a round of golf as their practice. During your dynamic practice, you should NEVER be making an adjustment to your swing technique. It would be like a baseball pitcher trying a new pitch without first learning how to hold the ball to execute that pitch.
It’s important to understand these two practices, but the most important thing is to know when and why to implement them. I’ll cover this next time and help you develop the PROPER PRACTICE PLAN to reach your goals. Until then, please share this post using the buttons below and send me any of your comments and questions. Thanks for reading and see you on the lesson tee!!