So out I went on Sunday of the July 4th holiday weekend at 9:30 a.m. to my local muni with thoughts of spending a couple hours working on my game. To my delight, I arrived at an empty short game area and began my putting drills only to find the beginner chipping clinic coming my way after five minutes. So I situated myself at the far end of the green hoping to steer as clear as possible, but soon 12-15 students were zinging low screamers all over the place. So I finished up there and headed down to the range and setup at a station adjacent to the husband and wife team that had just finished taking a lesson. Of course the wife was hitting it slightly better than the husband who’s increasing frustration was apparent. Halfway through my session, the young boyfriend/girlfriend combo set up shop in the two stalls behind me with the boyfriend providing the girlfriend “expert” golf instruction. While they were technically out of my peripheral vision, girlfriend hit a couple toe doinks straight over the protective wall and into my hitting station which effectively ended my practice.
When distracted on the course, you can simply stop / start whatever you are doing but it’s much tougher to manage during practice. For some, practice time is social time where folks get caught up with friends before a round, or find time for a spontaneous contest to see who can hit the tractor picking balls or see who can hit driver over the net at the end of the range.
If you’re serious about improvement, you need to concentrate without distractions and isolate yourself during practice. So short of being identified as anti-social, you’re better off practicing early or very late in the day, when you can do your serious work. Today, I was reminded of that the hard way.