Updated: Feb 5, 2020
One of the best ways to achieve your goals in 2020 would be to take the chance to sit down with a PGA Professional, who will help to structure your practice sessions, using whichever tools and information are most relevant to you at that time.
We often see players warm up with less than a dozen iron shots on the range, then proceed to smash their driver for the remaining basket of balls, in the hope that they will discover the secret to consistency and major improvement to their scores.
If we use the following as an example based on an average score of around 85, this would most likely be made up of; 14 drives (16%), 18 full iron/wood shots (21%), 12 short pitch/chip shots (14%), 3 bunker shots (4%), 2 penalty shots (2%) and 36 putts (42%).
In order to make significant improvements, try to work on each of these aspects for the same relevant time as they appear in your average round. For every hours practice, I would allocate around the following; 10 mins for driving, 15 mins for long shots with different clubs, 15 mins for shot game shots around the green and 20 mins on putting (10 long range and 10 holing our from up to 4 feet away).
By scheduling your time appropriately you may see an improvement in every area by 1 shot, helping you score closer to 80 rather than 85.
Within the practice time that you have, try to work on a combination of BLOCK practice (working on consistency of your set up and basic procedures with the same club), as well as RANDOM practice (include playing from different lies with different clubs, hitting different shaped shots etc).
This style of practice can be done by taking your course scorecard to the driving range and imitating playing the course. You may start with a driver from the tee for the first shot (using two markers on the range to hit your shot through to asses its success). Depending on the outcome this will determine which shot you can play next. If it was on the fairway, follow it with the club you would hit to the green. If this shot was successful you could then put yourself down for two putts. If you missed the target, play a small approach to another range ball on the range. Depending on where it finishes in relation to the ball, you can give yourself 1 or 2 putts from there. Continue this for 9 or 18 holes and see what you would have scored.
This will not only make your practice a little more interesting. but it will also add some competitive pressure, similar to how you may feel on the golf course.
For a real challenge, set yourself a goal of only allowing yourself to start this round once and you have to complete at least 9 holes AND keep a record of every scorecard!
Have fun while improving your game - feel free to get in touch with your scores!
Happy Golfing - The Doctorgolf Academy