Practice Styles: It’s Time to Execute and Implement

In my previous post Practice Styles: Block vs. Dynamic, I introduced and elaborated on two different practice styles.  The post gave insight into some of the do’s and don’ts when using the different styles.  I highly suggest reading that post before continuing on with this one.  The purpose of this post is to further detail the when and why to use each strategy and as well as how to create your PROPER PRACTICE PLAN.

BLOCK PRACTICE

When:  Working on changes to swing technique.  Typically used when trying to master a new skill and after instruction.  Often times performed with swing drills.
Why:  Block practice calls for slow and full speed repetition, which is perfect for learning moves that are unfamiliar to golfer.  It is done so golfer can focus on only the change in technique because the lie, the target, and the distance are constant.  Unlike conditions faced during a normal round of golf.

DYNAMIC PRACTICE

When:  Performed when training for competiton on the course.  Dynamic practice should be done when no adjustments to technique are taking place.  Simulating on-course situations is ideal for dynamic practice.

Why:  During dynamic practice there is constant changes to target, lie, and distance.  This will help simulate the actual happenings on the course and better prepare the player when faced with evolving situations on the golf course.

Develop your own PRACTICE PLAN

Now that we know the difference and understand why they should be separate, it’s time to make your PRACTICE PLAN.  Developing an excellent practice plan may be the biggest thing that professional golfers and other high-level competitive golfers do differently than amateur players.  I am sure you have heard of Tiger Woods having his game peak in time for a major.  This can only be done with a proper practice plan.

STEP 1:  Select the times that you want to shoot your lowest scores or what I will refer to as identify your “personal majors.”

STEP 2:  Identify the weaknesses that hold you back from shooting those scores.

STEP 3:  Prioritize technical adjustments and mental game improvement to bolster weak areas.

-For this I would recommend teaming up with a golf professional who can coach you through the improvement process.   The great thing about working with a professional is they will help you identify those weaknesses and prioritize which ones to address first.  It is important to note when you want to play your best.  That will play the biggest role in prioritizing what practice style should be used first.

STEP 4:  Choose PROPER practice technique

-Assuming we have plenty of time before your personal major, I would look to attack those areas that cost you the most strokes and require a change in technique.  You now know when changing technique, you should use Block Practice and design a practice routine highly concentrated with that practice style.  I personally believe that every practice session should have a mixture of both because it keeps practice fun.  As the new technique is mastered, the percentage of block vs. dynamic practice will shift until it’s mostly dominated by dynamic practice.  These shifts should be timed with your personal majors and performance goals.  It is critical to have your dominant practice style be dynamic practice immediately before competition.  Use these dynamic practice opportunities to evaluate your change and see if it led to better performance results.

STEP 5:  Repeat

-Once you reach the next break before competition, it is time to reevaluate your weaknesses and identify those areas which require a change in technique and shift towards a routine dominated by block practice.

I hope that you have a better understanding of how to practice and are ready to implement your own PERFECT PRACTICE PLAN.  Please send me any of your questions and feel free to share this post by using the buttons below.  Thanks for reading and I look forward to seeing you on the lesson tee!!

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