Return on investment is a common term within the financial world but it’s just as important in golf. We need to get the biggest improvement as quickly as possible - time is precious after all.
It’s important to practise in a way that will increase and develop your skills in the shortest period of time. The simplest way to do this is to practise like you play on the course, hone a skill within the context you are going to have to repeat it. Pretty much every piece of sporting research within skill acquisition highlights that random practising will improve you quicker than block practise (hitting the same shot time after time). Random practising should include the following:
· Change clubs every shot
· Change target every shot
· Play from different lies (don’t move the ball into a good spot if it rolls into a poor lie!)
· Embrace different weather conditions (the sun isn’t always shining!)
This might seem a complicated way of doing things but at the end of the day a golf shot is complex. If we practise in a way that doesn’t replicate the golf course we run the risk of still being limited when it comes to performing on the course.