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Monday, April 1, 2013
Golf Tips from the Pro 1
John Dooley is a PGA Golf Pro, based in Cork. He was the Pro at Doonbeg and now runs his own company - Concierge Golf - as well as teaching golfers of all abilities. He specialises in golf course operations, golf tourism and coordinating golf vacations to and from Ireland.
Here are some tips from John about how to get the most from a practice session at the driving range... the last point is not something I ever considered before, but will do now!
Challenge yourself to adopt a
better practice method
All too often at the range you see golfers
going through the motions; hitting ball, after ball, after ball. STOP, JUST
STOP!!!!! You can only improve if you are making mistakes and you will only
make mistakes if you challenge yourself to make better swings, hit more solid
golf shots, hit the ball closer to the hole, etc.
Video: not what you want at a driving range, but better than being on the golf course!
are some tips to help you improve your practice sessions:
1. Before practice set yourself
two specific goals relating to what you want to get out of the session.
2. Hit shots on the range as you
would hit them on the course:
-Go through your pre shot
routine – make one or two meaningful practice swings before you hit a shot (a
meaningful practice swing is where you make a golf swing, as if it was the best
swing you can make to hit the perfect shot).
- If you would like to add a feel
and imagery component to your pre-shot-routine; you could try the following: As you make your meaningful
practice swings; from your previous golf experiences, use your imagination to
feel the club-face striking the ball as you would if you made a pure strike. Then
add in that imagery of the ball flying to the target. So your
thoughts are of a great strike and crystal clear ball flight to your intended
3. Pick a different target each
time (100 yard shots, 75 yard shots, etc.)…
… and change clubs accordingly.
4. Set yourself little
competitions i.e. hit 30 shots at a number of targets and, to score, you must
be within 15 yards of the target that you are aiming at.
5. Once you have finished the
session review your goals, and rank how much effort you have put into the
session out of 100%.
these steps will improve your golf faster than just hitting ball, after ball,
feel free to contact John
Dooley PGA Golf Pro if you have any
questions: tel: +353 21 482 3791 firstname.lastname@example.org