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Weekday golf withdrawal remedy: practice

It’s Monday. For the average golfer that means back to school or work for another long, stressful week.

While you may lack the free-time necessary to play an entire round during the week, that doesn’t mean you have to abandon the sport you love for five days. In fact, it hurts your golf game.

My advice, practice more.

Below: Google map of public courses in Austin that include practice facilities.

You wouldn’t drive a race car on the weekends without putting any work on the car or track during the week. So what makes you think if you play golf once a week without practicing your scores will magically decrease?

Compare how many times you play golf to how many trips you take to the practice range or putting green in a given month. If the comparison is lopsided, you’re not putting yourself in position to succeed on the weekends.

Recognize where you lose the most strokes during a round, and practice that part of your game.

For example, if you average two putts on every green, that’s 36 total puts in a round. If your average score is 90, that means putting accounts for 40 percent of your total strokes. Compare that to your driver which you use less than 18 times in a round (due to par 3’s and other short holes ). But how many times to do see golfers go to the range, pull out their drivers and start whaling on golf balls?

If you’re having a bad day and you want to take out some aggression on a bucket of balls, I get it. But if you’re trying to lower your golf scores, spend some time on the putting green. Putting is a perfect way work on your game during the week because you can stay as long or as short as you want, it’s free and you’re working on the one shot in your golf repertoire that produces the most strokes.

Instead of going straight home after school/work, stop by a golf course and putt for 30 mins. two-three times a week. I guarantee your total putts and scores will go down when your long awaited weekend round returns.

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