Many people wonder how some golfers are able to practice the same thing for long periods of time. The reality is that every shot is different to some degree and if you look at the subtle nuances that are relevant in a short game shot there is plenty to keep the mind engaged. Let’s discuss the process of a productive short game practice session.
A great first step to a productive short game session is to select a specific shot that needs to be worked on. Be as specific as possible; for example, a long bunker shot off of firm sand to a back pin. After selecting the shot the second step is the experimental phase where there is freedom to explore and find out what works. This phase can last as long as needed, or until there is clarity on preferences. The next step is spending time to groove the improved approach to the shot until it feels ready for battle. This brings you to the final step where you can test yourself with a result based challenge. This could be getting 3 in a row inside 5 feet or 4 out of 5 inside 6 feet, just make sure the skill/challenge ratio is correct based on your skill level and the difficulty of the shot.
I believe that the greatest skill in golf is the ability to improve oneself. If you are someone who finds it hard to stay engaged in practice for long periods of time then use this simple process to keep you going. There is always more to the puzzle – something more subtle, more simple, more efficient. You just have to keep looking more closely and asking the question ‘Why?’