How Do I Create a Golf Training Schedule?
When you embark on your golf journey, you take in a lot of information and gain new skills very fast. Everything feels new. Managing your time well to polish those skills becomes the hard part. Now you don’t know what to do. Or maybe you’ve already been around the block for some time, but you feel the need to switch your sessions up a bit. Here’s how to create a proper golf training schedule that suits your needs.
Set Your Goals Straight
Knowing the aspects you have to work on is the cornerstone for success. You can plan all day, and as much as you want to, but if you don’t have a clear horizon ahead, it will be no good.
Being unsure about what you want to practice doesn’t allow you to adequately schematize your training routine. Assess this in order to move on to the next step.
It is of high relevance that you set realistic and attainable goals. Otherwise, your progress is going to be very little, and frustration is bound to arise.
Pick Your Training Days
Periodicity is the soul of the regimen. You can have crystal-clear objectives, but they will have been set to no avail if periodicity is not on point. You must find common ground between your expectations in golf and the work you can put in.
If your lifelong dream is to be a PGA tour champ, and you can only train once a week, it’s time to set the bar lower. Adjust your objectives and expectations to the time factor.
Alternatively, don’t go too crazy when your objective is to just have fun with friends on weekends. Obviously, if you have the willpower and the availability to train 5 days a week, more power to you. Just be careful not to burn yourself too quickly.
For starters, once or twice a week make the cut. Provided you decide to become more serious about golfing, then you should adjust your training periods.
Determine What Areas You Want to Improve
When you are self-taught, this can be a lot harder to pinpoint. Here is where having an instructor can come in very handy. Most of the time, learning alone can be difficult per se, let alone accurately identifying your stagnation points. Maybe it's your chipping, or maybe your overall strategy. Find out where you’re lacking, and devise a plan to make up for that.
When receiving instruction, teachers usually give assignments so that you can work on them between classes. Supposing the situation is that you are being taught and they don’t, ask them for “extracurricular homework.” Extra room for improvement can always be made no matter what your level is.
Once you have made up your mind, figure out how much time you will be spending on these areas, and keep track of your stats. In this way, you can properly measure your progress—or lack thereof.
Learn a Skill
Maybe there isn’t something in particular you want to improve, and that’s okay. Sometimes, beginners can be well-rounded too. What you can do is try to acquire a new skill every time you go out there and practice. It might be putting the ball squarely with the putter's clubface, learning how to hook the ball, teeing off better, you name it.
What’s crucial is what skill you learn or train on what days. Some skills take more time and dedication to master than others in golf. Give yourself enough space to perfect them.
Divide Your Schedule
There are 3 main areas to be perfected in golfing: Putting, chipping or pitching, and swinging. This is the reason why most training regimens are divided into thirds, no matter the periodicity of your training.
For example, if you train 3 times a week, you can divide one weekly hour for each, given that you train for one hour on each session. If you train once a week, one hour per session, you can use 20 minutes for each part.
What matters here is that you spend your time wisely. You can also dedicate more thirds to the points where you are lacking. Just be cautious about not overdoing one particular aspect and neglecting the others.
Set Up the Environment
Many times golfers go to the range with the firm intention of practicing one particular skill, but wind up aimlessly—and mindlessly—busting shots haphazardly. The best way not to throw your training time to waste is to set up the environment with the elements you require to practice something in particular. i.e., don’t forget your putters when you want to practice your putting skills!
Double-check not to forget anything when going to the spot where you’ll get your deeds done. This isn't only restricted to the clubs. Mirrors, cones, coins, sunscreen, etc. Whatever you need, make a checklist, and bring it with you.
Make It Challenging!
Routinary training sessions can wear you down mentally. Doing the same actions over and over again can make your love for golf fizzle. Keep it adventurous by always challenging yourself.
One great exercise you can perform while at the driving range is to imagine that you want the ball to land on a determined part of the fairway. The narrower you make it, the harder it gets. Start with a specific width—it depends on your level as a practitioner, and gradually narrow it down as long as you can make the ball land in the target area for a certain amount of hits.
Block Practice or Random Practice?
Block practice consists of doing the same exercises repeatedly mechanically and predictably. This is highly beneficial for those that must seriously improve one given part of their game.
However, it is positive to add an element of randomness to your training regimen, to emulate the actual conditions under which you’ll most likely be playing golf on the course. This is where random practice comes in.
Random practice entails incorporating an element of randomness into the session. For instance, instead of always following the same pattern for switching clubs, you do it differently this time around. If you always use the wood, the iron, and the wedge in the same order, try inverting it next time around.
With random practice, you can add the unpredictability factor you usually find at golf courses.
Scheduling Is Easy!
As long as you keep these tips in the back of your head, creating your training regimen comes with the snap of your fingers. Get all the clubs and products you want both for your practice and for your matches at