A Recreational Golfer's Practice Plan
By Bob E. Jones
There's no way around it. To become a better golfer, or even to maintain your skills, a golfer has to practice. But with family, job, and competing interests, where do you fit it in? Here's a way to practice essential golf skills in the time you have.
1. At home:
Putting. This is the easiest stroke to practice. All you need is a putter, a ball, and a smooth carpet. The lid from a 28-oz. can of whole tomatoes makes the perfect target, since it's just ¼" smaller than the regulation hole.
Practice your setup and your stroke. Practice getting your mind ready to hit the putt. The putt itself should only be about three or four feet. The lid gives you something to align yourself to, but the object isn't to roll the ball across the lid. The point here is to keep your stroke in tune and to train your mind to think only of the stroke, and never about if you'll sink the putt or not.