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Practice Swing or Not on the Golf Course!

Practice Swing or Not on the Golf Course!

Today is August 9th, 2018 and we present Practice Swing or Not on the Golf Course! Technical Thursday #100.  A Golf Video Blog with Mel Sole, Director of Instruction and Master Professional at the Mel Sole Golf School headquartered at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, SC.

Practice Swing or Not on the Golf Course!

While playing golf this past weekend at Dataw Island Golf Club, I had a discussion with my playing partner about practice swings prior to hitting the shot on the golf course. He felt that a practice swing was a waste of time.  He felt it did nothing to improve his play.

My own feelings are slightly different.  I feel the practice swing is like the dress rehearsal before the play.  If the dress rehearsal goes badly, the play is likely to suffer the same fate.  So the practice swing should be telling your body exactly how you want the upcoming shot to feel and look. By doing your visualization directly after the practice swing you can have both the body and the mind programmed for a successful shot.  This pre-shot routine does not guarantee that you will hit a perfect shot.  However, I think it increases your percentages of hitting a successful shot.

To get the most out of your practice swings and golf shots when you are on the range practicing, do not just hit ball after ball. Step back behind the ball, look at your target, take your practice swing and then see the flight of the ball towards the target.  Now step into the ball and hit the shot.  This way you are practicing the way you play. And on the course, you will be playing the way you practice.

Everyone is different.  My playing partner at Dataw Island is a very good golfer and I am in no way criticizing his play.  I just think he would be a better golfer if he used the practice swing to his advantage.

Source: Mel Sole Golf School.


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