“LAST MINUTE” GOLF TIPS

In today’s hectic world, it is getting harder and harder to find the time to hone your golf game whether on the driving range or on the course.  It’s difficult enough to find 2 to 5 continuous hours to work in 9 to 18 holes.  But what do you do when you only have a few minutes to practice or prepare for your round? For the busy golfer, here are a few last minute golf tips that can really help your game in very little time on the range or before your round.

On the Range

First, to get the most out of your limited time when you practice, make sure you spend a few minutes to define your practice agenda, needs and focus areas before you practice.  In other words, practice with a purpose!

Second, it is critical to realize that sixty percent or more of your golf score occurs within 100 yards of the hole. Here’s a quick golf tip – to most efficiently lower your golf scores, devote half or more of your limited time practicing the short game (pitching, chipping and putting).

Here is a last minute golf tip 30 minute routine for the range designed for efficient practice.

  • 5 Minutes: Pre-swing warm up (stretching and quarter-speed swings)
  • 5 Minutes: Hit short chip/pitch shots
  • 5 Minutes: Hit full pitch shots 30 to 60 yards
  • 10 Minutes:  Full swing – alternate among irons ( 9-iron, 7-iron, 5-iron) and Driver
  • 5 Minutes: Short, mid-range and long putts

Pre-Round

If you have 15 minutes or less before your round, here are two last minute golf practice routines to help you play your best.

  • 5 Minutes: Pre-swing warm up (stretching and quarter-speed swings)
  • 3 Minutes: Putt on practice putting green at 30, 9, 3 foot distances with goal of getting “feel” of green speeds
  • 5 Minutes: Hit 7-iron shots – 3 at half speed and 3 at full speed
  • 2 Minutes:  Hit 3 to 4 driver shots with emphasis on rhythmic, fluid swing.
  • Relax on the tee box – take deep breaths and enjoy the scenery!

If you have 5 minutes or less to practice, the most critical thing to do and remember is stretch before your round and relax as much as possible.

Though these last minute golf tips are relatively simple, they can go a long way to help you play your best golf when you are time constrained.  Happy golfing!

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