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How to practice golf mental game / Coaching tips

Hi, I’m Rick Sessinghaus, PGA coach and coach for Collin Morikawa and are some golf mental game tips to help you with your performance.

How should you practice? Well, that’s a loaded question, but fortunately for me, when I checked my right around pro statistics, I know what I need to work on. It’s right there on my phone. So right now, I’m actually working on my wedge distances.

They are a little bit inconsistent. Yet when I come out here to practice and I have a clear intention of, I’m working on my wedges. I actually start with fundamentals first. So whether you’re working on wedges, maybe it’s your iron approach shots.

Maybe it’s your driver arc, driver accuracy. It’s important. Actually, I always start with fundamentals, so I’m certainly going to hit my 56, but I’m going to make sure I am  actually aiming where I think I’m aiming? Let’s start with fundamentals first, and we’re going to call that fundamental block practice over and over again.

I’m going to hit the shot making sure that my fundamentals are in order. Check the box next. I’ll start to do an actual more blocked, but maybe two specific targets. Maybe it’s five shots to 50 yards, five yards to 60 yards, so on and so forth.

And I may take notes to say, Oh yeah, that 50 yard shot is a halfway back half way through. I dialed in perfectly. Then I could take that out on the golf course and know that that’s my best distance.

And then guess what you’ll improve in my round pro will tell you that you’re improving in that area. Last one is actually doing what we call more random practice. So now I am no longer checking my fundamentals. All these tools are of great use in mastering your golf mental game performance.

I’m no longer hitting the same shot over and over again. But I would randomize and maybe go from a 30 yard shot to then a 50 yard shot and then finally, maybe to an 80 yard shot each. Each shot is different.


How to practice your golf mental game?

It could be different distances. It could be a different target. It could be a different lie, but now we’re practicing more like we would play so meaningful practice has a proper intention. What do you need to work on? Well, you have all the data to tell you what your strengths are and your weaknesses are. Have that clear goal as you come out here. Always start with fundamentals, create blocks, practice one thing at a time, but always finish with more of a randomized way of like you would actually take it to the golf course.

How you practice is going to obviously improve your skills. So less practice and play better golf.

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