I understand I'm making a pretty bold assumption about your golf game, but seeing as how you clicked on this post, I think we both know the truth of the matter. Don't worry, though. My game is just as bad as yours. And the reasons for that are fairly simple. In the immortal words of Allen Iverson: "We talkin bout practice??" Yes, Allen. The simple truth about your golf game is the fact that you do not know what or even how to practice! Let's discuss... 

How many hours have you spent at a driving range just beating golf balls into oblivion? You might work through your golf bag, grab a 7 iron, a pitching wedge, hit a few drivers. You might hit a few good shots. You certainly hit plenty of bad shots. But when you're done, what have you accomplished? Surely there are benefits to getting reps hitting balls, don't get me wrong. But if you're randomly selecting clubs from your bag and swinging away, I submit to you that there is a more effective way. 

Specifically, I'm talking about developing a practice plan. It sounds like a lot of work, I know. But follow me: If you know what kind of shots you struggle with on the golf course, you'll have an easier time creating a practice plan that is tailored to your specific needs. Then when you head to the practice range, you'll be armed with specific knowledge about your game that you can use to focus on your weaknesses. 

Step one is figuring out where you struggle on the course. How can you do that? By using a stat tracking tool like Golf Sticky Stats, you can easily keep track of each round of golf. After even just a few rounds, you'll start to notice trends like how often you miss fairways to the left or right, or how often you miss the green in regulation, or how many times you three putt. This information is vital to developing your personalized practice plan. 

Let's consider one example. After completing 4 rounds of golf, you are looking over your Golf Sticky Stats cards and you notice that on the golf course you regularly play, you have the same 130 yard shot into the green about 3-4 times per round. You also notice that when hitting into those greens, you only make it about once every four times. It looks like you've discovered an area you can improve! Add this to your practice plan, and the next time you spend time at the range, visualize those greens 130 yards away and spend some time with that club until it becomes more comfortable. And then the next time you go out on the course, and you're 130 yards away from the green, you'll have the confidence to make the shot because you practiced for this specific situation.

Over a period of time of tracking your stats, you'll start to notice all kinds of ways you can improve. But you'll only notice them if you keep track of your rounds. Then your practice sessions become more focused and the results will follow. Of course, none of this matters if you do not practice at all. But you're not that kind of person, right Allen?

 

We talkin bout practice??