Today's podcast is all about a new practice routine that will help you really master your distance control. It's become one of my favorites and will be headed straight into the Golf Strategy Academy.
The Approach Ladder
This is a game that is intended to be done on the course, but you can probably make it work on a driving range too. Please remember to always do your FULL PRE SHOT ROUTINE with every shot. This is one of the most commonly overlooked things in all of golf!
The main idea here is that we practice from different distance intervals for a couple reasons. We want to randomize our practice and make sure we are training our brain that it has to perform at it's max level on the first attempt. The other thing we are doing is teaching ourselves not to be afraid of any shot in this series. By experiencing tiny failures we learn how to handle them, that way when we are on the course it's not as intimidating and it's easier to let go of failures if they occur.
Starting at 30 yards simply drop a ball, play it as it lies and hit into the green. If it stays on the green you move back 20 yards and do it again. If you miss you move forward until you hit the green again.
- If you stay on the green move back one spot (from 30 yards to 50 yards)
- If you miss the green on any shot you move forward one spot (if you miss at 150 move up to 130)
I was skeptical that Marty was going to be able to help me without making any swing changes, but low and behold after working through a few of his structured practices I shot a new personal best!
If this practice turns out to be too easy for you you can mix it up a little bit with this extra rule.
- If any shot stops within 20 feet move back two spots! (ex: 30 back to 70)
- If any shot misses the green by more than 20 feet you move up two spots (ex: 150 to 110)
Adding this type of variable increases the pressure during the practice, which makes it even more effective when you take it out on to the course!
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