Golf Pro Tip: Block and Random Practice
“A golfer has to train his swing on the practice tee, then trust it on the course.” ~ Dr. Bob Rotella
A Word from Rea: Training should encompass a technical (block), skill development (random) and mental component. The mental component can be practiced in many ways depending on the specifics of what needs to be improved.
Block Practice (10 to 20 percent of total practice time)
With general target and internal focusing on the following:
1.) Address – grip, alignment, weight distribution, ball position
2.) Backswing – positions, drills, tempo and rhythm
3.) Delivery – all of the above along with distance management, trajectory and swing bottom
Switch from internal block-practice focus to external target-oriented focus. Random practice sessions should never exceed 30 minutes. This is about quality, not quantity. You can break into different segments, but never exceed 30 minutes for any single component of your game. Establish a target and a realistic goal within your skill set.
In random practice we are striving to make this part of the practice session as close to course simulation as possible with target in mind.
1.) Establish target and goal.
2.) Go through physical and mental routine with each ball.
3.) If you do not achieve the target goal in the established time or guidelines, come back next time and try again.
Rea Schuessler, PGA
Gulf Shores Golf Academy
Director of Instruction
AimPoint Express Certified Instructor
US Kids Certified Instructor