20 Minute Practice Ideas
With the days getting longer, fitting in some golf after work is finally possible. As the game evolves, golfers are looking to cram solid practice sessions into a smaller amount of time, so we’ve put together our top 5 20-minute practice sessions to help you make the most of your practice time, however limited.
1. Putting & Chipping
The putting green is a good place to start and this is a very simple exercise to maximise time and skill. Place four balls on the green about 5ft away. When you make three out of the four putts, you’re ready to move onto chipping. Place your balls just off of the green, try to make up and down on two of them in a row. Professional golfers will likely do this several times in 20 minutes, but for the rest of us, the twenty minute allocation should be just right. Didn’t complete it in 20 minutes? Make that your challenge for next time and slowly whittle down the time it takes you to complete the putting and chipping challenge.
2. Simulate Your Golf Round
If you haven’t got long on the driving range, try to simulate your round as much as possible by using a range of different clubs. Hit driver then pitching wedge, driver then 7 iron, driver then 5 iron, driver then hybrid, driver then 3-wood. Why? This should be as close as possible to an actual round without the putting element. Don’t rush this element of your practice – make sure you’re working on your whole routine and hitting each shot solidly. If you don’t hit your shot as well as you’d like – you have to start the whole routine again. Adding this little bit of extra pressure to your driving range practice makes the pressure of the course a little less daunting.
3. Half Drives
Are you desperate to fix a hook but don’t have time to fit in a lesson? A quick fix until you’re able to book in with a Pro is to do half swings on the range. Slowing down your swing and going back to basics is a simple thing to do, but a really effective one. Take it back to when you first started to learn; the movement of your arms, the transfer of weight on your feet and the turn of your hips will all play a pivotal role in the improvement of your shots. Use your twenty minutes on the range to slowly work through your shot bit by bit, rather than racing through and hitting as many as possible – you’re much more likely to work out the error by pacing yourself.
When you first start playing on the course, lining your club up correctly can be a real challenge for some – with many first-time golfers mis-hitting their shots. This isn’t just a problem for first-timers, lining up your shots correctly, especially tough lies, can be a challenge for amateur players. A great drill to improve your perception is to aim at objects on the range or on the putting and chipping greens. Take note of the way the club feels in your hands. To start with, on the putting green, use the small arrow on the ball to point in the direction of the hole or the the object you’re aiming at. This small tip will help you to gain a better understanding about both the direction and the speed needed to hit a successful shot.
5. Attend A Demo Day
If you don’t have a lot of time, but you’re interested in the intricacies of certain clubs, a demo day is for you. Sure, it might take a little longer than 20 minute, dependant on how much you’re looking to find out, but you’ll learn so much about the type of clubs you need. When first taking up golf, seasoned golfers are full of advice about what gear you should have, but the truth is, everybody plays differently. It’s always best to take the time to listen to the professionals and try out a wide range of different clubs before committing to a set.