Webb Simpson on Fundamentals and Practice

Thu Jul 4, 2013 by Dave Phillips

There has been a lot of research the past few years on practice.  When you go to the driving range it is not about how much time you spend hitting balls, it is the quality of your practice that makes you better. 

It is easy to dump your bucket of balls down on the range and start hitting toward a target, but if you actually took a little time to work on something specific you would find that you would enjoy practice more and actually get better quicker.

Most tour players warm up before they play by working through their golf bag, hitting different shots and getting a feel for how their swing and body are feeling.  It is after the round that they actually do most of their practice.  This is when they work on specific shots that they struggled with on the course that day.  It is hard for most of us to practice after we play due to time commitments etc, but you must find time to actually focus on one or two issues that plague your scores, work on them and then try and create a game like situation on the range and test them.  This is how real learning occurs, in this video with Webb Simpson notice how he talks about his practice sessions and the games that he plays to test his practice. 



  • Anonymous User

    As a parent of a 11 yr old boy who wants to get better and play well every time he tee's it up, i want to find ways to keep practice fun. Any ideas?" Quality practice" is what this article sounds like it was talking about

  • Anonymous User

    I coached six years of little league baseball and am now moving into my eighth year of coaching high school golf. Here's one great crossover for teaching kids. After all the baseball drills, we used to have a little session called "Catch of the Day," where we would throw balls just out of a kid's reach and see if he could chase them down. They'd make some really cool catches this way. You can break up golf practice sessions the same way, by every so often moving from the repetitive to the crazy hard. Give the young golfer a really hard shot or a shot the requires some creativity and let him/her try to pull it off (make sure they keep going at it until they actually pull it off--even if it is "luck"). This is fun in practice and creates confidence for when demands like this show up in real rounds.

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