Just another article about practice…

Here’s a blog post that will tell you everything about how to plan a practice!! or will it??

I believe that you can almost always be ‘practicing’. The theory of ‘10,000 hours’ basically says that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become world class. There are many interpretations of this 10,000 hours..is it focused practice? does it include workouts? does it account for the time between shots? the list goes on..my take is simply to utilize your time as best as you can. For example, visualizing a rehearsed and disciplined pre-shot and post-shot routine (more to come on this), all while sitting on the couch, can have a much stronger effect on your game than hitting balls aimlessly. I improved my public speaking skills, and my golf game improved. If you want to shoot lower scores, that implies that you play by the rules…do you know the rules? Pick up a Rule Book at the Golf Canada Centre and save shots!

In the book “Every Shot Must Have a Purpose”, Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott discuss the benefits of focus on every shot.  I totally agree.  I like to take it further…every single thing you do with focus and purpose will improve. Sometimes actually hitting a golf ball is only 20% of my practice time for that day. It sometimes takes 30 minutes of warming up (perhaps some drills, one foot swings, one arm swings etc.), before I am truly focused and committed to hitting a full shot. Accept that there is so much practice to be done outside of the boundaries of the golf course.

Thirdly, now what? How do I plan a practice session? How is all this relevant to me as a bogey golfer who plays 20 rounds a year? Here’s a teaser…

Let’s start with off-season as courses are just now beginning to open here in Calgary. We have a great facility here at Golf Canada, although by springtime we’re all ready to get out on the real course and hit off grass!  I find that for each person there is a set of drills, thoughts and shots to hit on the driving range to maintain their rhythm and swing, and the winter is best spent on physical improvements, season preparation, equipment, and less on ball flight, shot making, and scoring. This is also a time where I believe it is best to research the game…learn what bounce means, learn ball flight laws, learn about impact and shaft deflection, learn how to read greens (cue AimPoint plug), read Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book, gain posterior strength and increase power at the Athlete Factory…shall I go on? I could go on all day on this. It’s important to recharge and fire up the passion you have for the game, regardless of the level. The challenge for us is to prioritize. What is relevant to your game?? 

This is where I can help. What will YOUR off season practice session look like? What can you do during the commercials??

In season golf is a little different in my opinion. When you tee it up on #1, the objective changes. Score as low as possible! It’s important to implement different techniques in the way you practice or warm up, depending on the time of year and when your next/last game is. Say you’re a terrible lag putter…do you work on lag putting or work on approach shots to hit it closer? This is where golf gets fun, and where I really enjoy helping people improve. Personally, when I play golf, I like to think that I’m practicing the whole time between shots, always improving. Never give up and always build confidence throughout the round. Some examples are to practice your lie analysis, pre and post shot routines, shot selection and course management decisions, and of course much more short game! Slow group in front? Make it a goal to hit 15 chips with an extra ball while you wait. Many of my students play their best when they try less on the golf course. They have practiced their 1 minute routine for every shot so well, that when they go play it’s much more FUN!!!! They practice for 3 hours and compete for 1. That’s what it’s all about. No fretting, worrying, anger, frustration, nothing…just like you’re surfing..just pop up!

Golf Power Workshop April 7 10am

For the second blog post, why not make it an event announcement?

This Saturday (Yes Masters Saturday), come down to the Athlete Factory for a 90 minute presentation on power and speed. It starts at 10am, so you’ll have plenty of time to hit up the Farmers Market next door and watch the years most dramatic golf tournament, The Masters!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Todd

The Athlete Factory

Todd Halpen - Athlete FactoryAt the Athlete Factory we take the knowledge we have gained from working with renowned professional sports coaches from all over the world and the combined experiences of all our coaches, and we apply these principles to both our sports conditioning and personal training programs.

Our expertise cannot be found in most gyms and we are continually proving our superior understanding of functional movement. Not just movement patterns, but how movement reacts to stress, load, resistance, dynamic movement and fatigue. This movement is not just essential to an athlete, but because athletic movement and daily movement are fundamentally the same it will make a drastic difference to your results whatever your goals.

The Athlete Factory takes an athletic understanding of movement, energy systems and programming and adapts it to any level.

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Golf Canada Calgary Centre

Todd Halpen - Golf Canada Calgary CentreThe GOLF CANADA CENTRE is composed of a challenging yet player friendly 9 hole par 3 course, an 18 hole natural grass putting course and a championship year round outdoor driving range with a private teaching and short game area opposite the public range. World class PGA of Canada teaching professionals, club fitters, and on site golf specific physical, mental and emotional performance coaching round out an all inclusive facility for the serious player looking to elevate their game.

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Junior Golf Development Canada

Todd Halpen - Junior Golf Development CanadaJunior Golf Development Canada was launched in 2012 to help grow and support the game of golf. Their goal is to be the future of junior golf and the go to resource for everything related. By offering easy access for junior golfers looking to learn, develop or advance their golf game. As dedicated professionals and golf coaches we will work in partnership with courses, communities and sponsors, to grow local programs, national initiatives, our brand and the game.

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