In a recent interview, Dustin Johnson revealed his practice habits and stated that he spends 80% of his practice time working on his wedges.
Scoring comes down to how well you handle the shots from 100 yards and in. The more you practice chipping and pitching, the more confidence you'll gain in your ability to control the distance and land the ball on the green where you want it to.
Start with this sample plan to break up your practice time and start seeing results in your golf game.
Assume a 2 hour practice time slot:
- Spend 5 minutes hitting iron shots with your 7,6,5 irons to warm up
- Spend 10 minutes hitting balls with your driver and woods, shaping different shots
- Spend 15 minutes hitting wedge shots with a half swing, controlling distance
- Spend 15 minutes hitting wedge shots with a full swing, controlling distance
- Spend 15 minutes hitting wedge shots with a max swing, controlling distance
- Spend 15 minutes hitting wedge shots with a 3/4 swing, controlling distance
- Spend 30 minutes working on 6-8 foot putts
- Spend the last 15 minutes working on lag putts (30+ feet away)
I promise you if you focus on this style of practice, you're going to see your wedge play get much better. And the times you screw up a lag putt or chip shot, leaving yourself 6-8 feet short of the hole, you'll feel confident putting and sink more putts to save par.
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