If you’re a recreational player looking to improve — and let’s be honest, who isn’t? — then it’s important to use your practice time to focus on an aspect of the game that will yield results.
But according to GOLF Top 100 Teacher Carol Preisinger, there’s one part of the game that amateurs are spending way too much time on: the driver.
“We’ve been seduced by speed,” Preisinger told me at GOLF’s recent Top 100 Teacher Summit at Pinehurst. “Speed is fun, and that’s fine. Everybody wants to hit it farther. But you’re only going to hit your driver 14 times in a round.”
According to Preisinger, players should analyze their rounds to hone in on weaknesses. Ask yourself: Where are you tallying up the most shots? Is it because you’re missing greens, or three-putting too frequently?
“If the average golfer is shooting 90-100, then they need to be working on solid contact off the turf, 30 to 40 yard pitch shots,” she said. “Because that’s the average distance when they miss a green, right or left. And then, speed on the putting green.”
So instead of spending time blasting drivers on the range, the next time you find yourself with an opportunity to practice, Presinger suggests working on pitch shots instead.
“Those pitch shots need to get closer than 50 feet from the hole,” Presinger said. “That’s where bogeys turn into double or triple bogeys.”
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