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How Should I Practice?

How Should I Practice?

How do you practice your swing? Did you know that how you practice can affect how you learn?  What we do can either help gain/retain skills or hinder your progress altogether.  With that being said, there are a couple of different ways we can practice to acquire or improve a skill and they are:

Blocked Practice-

We’ve all done it, gone to the range got a large bucket and went after it hitting the same club over and over again mindlessly.  It great when you are first starting out as it teaches/trains the left side of the brain which is responsible for sequence and order. Left brain training really likes order like: A, B, C, D… and is great for someone just starting out or really trying to refine a feel but will quickly lose its effectiveness if over used. Great for training how to grip the club, or setup routine, but quickly loses effectiveness when hitting shot after shot.

This is a photo of Roy Khoury and Tim Mitchell, PGA Roy_Khoury_Fitness

Randomized Practice-

Random practice is practicing how you would play. So you can either use playing a few holes as random practice or even use a range session to practice different distances or shot shapes with the same club, or utilizing a different club per shot. Random practice is more like actually playing golf, and actually helps you build the ability to problem solve while working on your skill.

When you are new to a sport or movement its good to challenge the left brain in repetition, logical and objective goal setting.  When you are proficient with your task, random practice helps challenge the right brain and its creativity, thought and performance. That being said, both types of practice are helpful for acquiring and improving your game, they just access different parts of the brain and challenge you in different ways, so its good to understand both and how both can help you.  See how it works for you!