Golf practice is something near and dear to some and dreaded by others.

I see many golfers invariably practicing the same shots over and over again. And that’s ok if it’s an area that needs concentrated attention.  The more you practice a shot, the more ingrained and better you will become at it. If you practice a shot enough you will virtually do it on autopilot when you get to the course.

Just remember though that variety will make you a better all round golfer.

The more techniques that you can master, the better you will be on competition day. You can do this by trying new techniques and shots when you practice. I personally do this all the time.  In fact, when I’m on the range, I’ll try ever so slight swing changes to “see how it feels.”  Try adding some spin to the ball and see how this affects the flight. Use different types of golf balls to see whether your level of expertise has changed and allowed you to get more benefit from the different ball compressions.  The list is endless and the payback can be large.

Even consider testing new golf clubs. As your game progresses, so will your need to change equipment accordingly. You won’t want to be using the same clubs you had when you started playing and you will probably not want to be using the same golf balls either. Better equipment will allow you to make shots that weren’t possible before, and practice will help get you to the next level where you can take advantage of this equipment.

Try adding more backspin to your shots and see if this helps position the ball better for the next shot and offer more control on faster courses.

Your practice time should also be a time where you allow yourself the opportunity to experiment and try to broaden your game.

Having the ability to add spin to the ball might be the difference between hitting a tree and landing on the green.

If you truly want to become a better, all around player, you need to vary your golf practice routine.  You can never learn too much in the game of golf.

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