Golf coaches and instructors will be the first to tell you that most golfers use their time at driving range ineffectively and spend most of their time working on the “ego” aspects of their game. This means practicing the things they already do the best and the things that feed the ego like busting long drives all day. All of this is ok if you are at the range just for some fun, but if you are there to make serious improvements in your golf game then it is important to use your time effectively. This article is going to discuss a simple golf psychology principle called the 80/20 practice rule and how to apply it so you can start seeing more improvements from your time at the range.
The first part of the 80/20 practice rule is to understand that 80% of your improvement is going to come from 20% of your efforts. To effectively practice you must focus your energy on the areas of your game that will bring about the greatest improvements. It is hard to intensely practice all aspects of your game each time to the range. So keep your focus on the 20% of your game that will produce the biggest gains on the course. For example, spending more time on the putting green then smashing drivers.
The second part of the 80/20 practice rule is 80% of your time needs to be focused on the areas of your game that need the most improvement and only 20% of your time goes to keeping your strengthens on track. Too many golfers spend the majority of their time working on the skills they already do well. It’s almost as if they are fearful of looking foolish at the range and try to avoid hitting the shots they are uncomfortable with. As a result of breaking the 80/20 rule, these golfers put in the time and build up the “ego” aspects of their game, but don’t see results on the scorecard.
Next time you go to the range, practice smart by following the 80/20 rule. Put your fears of looking foolish aside, recognize it is time to practice, and focus your energy on the aspects of your game that will create the biggest improvements in your performance. Be sure to devote 80% of your time to developing your weaknesses and only 20% fine tuning your strengths. Doing so will accelerate your progress, get you prepared to conquer the course, and create more birdies on the scorecard.
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