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!