The Benefit of Replacing Practice With Play

Kings North

Kings North at Myrtle Beach National

The new play-practice paradigm I’ve put into place is ready to be battle tested in Myrtle Beach.  We are on the tee at Kings North on Memorial Day to get the show started, and I am shooting for a personal best of 216 holes over six straight days.

Since April 20, I’ve played 12 times and only practiced twice; effectively replacing 90% of my dedicated practice time with time spent out on the course.  About 2/3 of these sessions have been nine hole rounds and each has been followed by a short debrief around the practice green for 5-10 minutes.

The gains from this approach are clear.  I don’t feel like I’m relearning any parts of the game due to infrequent play, and as I play I accumulate mini tips that I use and reuse to self correct on the course much more easily than if I were playing once every week or two.  The frequent play has got me MUCH more comfortable with my new Cleveland CG16 wedges.  Distance control on the full and partial shots is becoming second nature and my bunker play has stabilized.  Haven’t seen any dreaded lateral hits or thin chips for several rounds and hopefully that’s gone for good.

With the reps from playing 36 a day for six days, short game is usually not an issue, but physical and mental fatigue is.   The true test and ultimate goal is better and more consistent ball striking.

Clubs “check”, balls “check”, Advil “check”.  Wish me luck!

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About Brian Penn

Avid sports fan and golf nut. I am a lifelong resident of the Washington D.C. area and love to follow the local teams. Also worked as a golf professional in the Middle Atlantic PGA for several years and am intrigued by the game to no end. I love to play and practice and am dedicated to continual improvement.
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6 Responses to The Benefit of Replacing Practice With Play

  1. Have a great trip. The hot tub will help those sore muscles. Remember no expectations

  2. Good luck Brian. Hit em straight!

  3. Brian

    Have a great trip….remember on the 6th round….it is all for fun!

    Cheers
    Jim

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