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Golf Practice: How do you Practice, Block or Random?

As they say “Golf practice makes perfect”. But what do you want to be perfect at? Start practicing the with the goal of being you best at the course.

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Recently I had a conversation on Instagram about why it’s so hard to transition from the range to the course. Many people think golf practice is going to the range and banging balls until you have blisters. The trick I have found is to practice my golf game smarter and not harder.

In the world of golf practice there are two main types of practice. Block and random and each has their place and are both effective.

Block Golf Practice (AKA bashing balls)

When I was going through swing changes last year my coach talked to me about two kinds of practice. When you are trying to get a feeling you have to keep doing the same thing over and over. That is block practice. He gave me a good example, to illustrate the point.

He asked me math question, to which I needed to think about the answer. After I answered, he immediately asked the same math problem again. Thinking it was a trick question I hesitated but gave him the same answer. But it was easier than the first attempt. He asked me one more time, and that response was faster than the previous two.

Admittedly this math problem is way more simplistic than the golf swing, but it illustrates how something can become easier over time after repeated use.

Once you have the right feels, you have to transition them to the golf course.

Random Golf Practice

When you are playing golf, how many times do you typically hit the same club and the same shot back to back? Save for a penalty or a bad shot, the likely answer is once.

Have you ever heard “Practice the way you play”? I grew up hearing my Dad say those words over and over.

So if you want to get your game ready for the course, why wouldn’t you practice with random distances, shots and clubs.

Practice the way you play.

How I Practice

When I have an hour of practice, this is how I like to break it up.

  • 5 minutes – Warm up with half swings usually with a 7 or 8 iron
  • 15 minutes – Block practice with odd or even irons
  • 10 minutes – Block practice with Driver or Fairway wood
  • 10 minutes – Block practice with wedges
  • 20 minutes – Random practice game (See details below)

Random Practice Games

During random practice, you can certainly just pick yardages and try to hit it. But you want to be able to track your progress. That is why I created a skills challenge game. It not only helps me track progress and find strengths and weaknesses, but it also puts a little pressure on me to perform well. Because this way each shot matters.

Skills Challenge

Many of you might have already seen the FSX Skills challenge on YouTube channels like Peter Finch or Rick Shiels. It’s a great example of random golf practice that I modeled my practice after.

While I do have access to a GC2 launch monitor it’s not tied to the new FSX software. So I have to track my progress on my own. But it’s pretty simple.

The main point is to pick a number of increasing or decreasing shot lengths. For me I go with the following:

20, 40, 60, 100, 120, 150, 165, 180, 200, 215, 230, 240+ (Driver)

Like the FSX Skills challenge, I give myself 5 points for being with 5 yards of the target, 3 points for 10 yards, 1 point for 15 yards, 0 for anything outside of 15 yards.

I have found this process extremely useful in taking my game from the range to the course. Hopefully you find the same.

To help track I have created a downloadable speadsheet to help you track your progress. Check it out below for FREE.

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Rocket Golf Club: The next big thing in golf?

What do you get when you strap a rocket on a golf club? A rocket golf club!

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Rocket Golf Club by Mark Rober
Mark Rober (Youtube)

Each year companies like Taylormade and Callaway try to come up with the next big technology to increase your driving distance. Well, one of my favorite Youtube engineers just left them in the dust with his rocket golf club.

Of course, Mark didn’t have to worry about making it onto the USGA conforming list. But who cares. It’s a rocket golf club! But maybe this can be a future change to the rules of golf.

I hope you enjoy as much as I did.

What’s even better, he published how he made it.

What do you think? How far do you think the balls actually went? Let me know below.

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All 82 Masters Champions

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Masters Champions

Arguably the biggest tournament of the year is just a few short weeks away. And to help get us all ready here is a list of every Masters Champion in the history of the tournament.

Since Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts started the Masters Tournament in 1934, there have been 82 playings of the tournament, and 53 different Masters Champions.

The Masters Champions from 1932-1942
The Masters Champions from 1932-1942 – Horton Smith, Gene Sarazen, Horton Smith (2), Byron Nelson, Henry Picard, Ralph Guldahl, Jimmy Demaret, Craig Wood, Byron Nelson (2)
The Masters Champions from 1946-1954
The Masters Champions from 1946-1954 – Herman Keiser, Jimmy Demaret (2), Claude Harmon, Sam Snead, Jimmy Demaret (3), Ben Hogan, Sam Snead (2), Ben Hogan (2), Sam Snead (3)
The Masters Champions from 1955-1963
The Masters Champions from 1955-1963 – Cary Middlecoff, Jack Burke, Jr., Doug Ford, Arnold Palmer, Art Wall, Jr., Arnold Palmer (2), Gary Player, Arnold Palmer (3), Jack Nicklaus
The Masters Champions from 1964-1972
The Masters Champions from 1964-1972 – Arnold Palmer (4), Jack Nicklaus (2), Jack Nicklaus (3), Gay Brewer, Bob Goalby, George Archer, Billy Casper, Charles Coody, Jack Nicklaus (4)
The Masters Champions from 1973-1981
The Masters Champions from 1973-1981 – Tommy Aaron, Gary Player (2), Jack Nicklaus (5), Raymond Floyd, Tom Watson, Gary Player (3), Fuzzy Zoeller Seve Ballesteros, Tom Watson (2)
The Masters Champions from 1982-1990
The Masters Champions from 1982-1990 – Craig Stadler, Seve Ballesteros (2), Ben Crenshaw, Bernhard Langer, Jack Nicklaus (6), Larry Mize, Sandy Lyle, Nick Faldo, Nick Faldo (2)
The Masters Champions from 1991-1999
The Masters Champions from 1991-1999 – Ian Woosnam, Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer (2), José María Olazábal, Ben Crenshaw (2), Nick Faldo (3), Tiger Woods, Mark O’Meara, José María Olazábal (2)
The Masters Champions from 2000-2008
The Masters Champions from 2000-2008 – Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods (2), Tiger Woods (3), Mike Weir, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods (4), Phil Mickelson (2), Zach Johnson, Trevor Immelman
The Masters Champions from 2009-2017
The Masters Champions from 2009-2017 – Ángel Cabrera, Phil Mickelson (3), Charl Schwartzel, Bubba Watson, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson (2), Jordan Spieth ,Danny Willett, Sergio García

Leave a comment below. Who you think will be the next person to slip on the Green Jacket this year as the 2019 Masters Champion.

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