March 17, 2020
When you start to learn how to play golf, you will discover that there are many different practice methods that can and should be used to different extents. One of these types is known as block practice, which is a necessary part of training in order for you to get in enough technical repetitions to really understand how they work, which you can then add to and improve upon with other skills. It is essential, but it is only going to help you if you do it the right way.
What’s the wrong way to approach block practice? Doing it too much. There certainly is too much of a good thing, which is why block practice should only take up about 10% to 15% of your practice time each session. If you do block practice wrong, it will be ineffective. Many people spend far more time than they should on block practice, and this can become a problem because you will find that you aren’t excelling at other skills.
Now that you have an understanding of why you need to limit the amount of block practicing that you do, it’s time to learn just how you can actually use it to your advantage.
Keep in mind that the skills you are training during block practice are mechanical in their concept, and you need to pay attention to your intention. Make sure that you aren’t simply going through the motion. Understand how to properly perform each of the techniques and understand their uses. You should focus on your form and the technique and use various types of feedback in order to get everything right.
To help ensure that your block practice session does not go on for too long, you will want to limit the number of balls that you are hitting. It should be 15 or fewer for each of your block practices. You will then want to move on to the next phase of your training session, which will typically be random practice and skill development followed by playing practice. You will also want to make sure that you are able to get in some dry practice when you have the time. fortunately, you should be able to find times throughout the day when you can do this.
Practice is great, but only when it is the right type of practice done in the prescribed manner.