Despite what some will claim, you don’t simply get down to a scratch handicap through ability alone.
We all know that there is a direct correlation between practice and improvement, but what can you do to practise golf like a scratch player?
Build Strong Foundations
As golfers, we are often looking for quick fixes, that one lightning bolt that will drop our handicap by ten shots and completely revolutionise our game! Unfortunately, despite what many of today’s instagram coaches may claim, such a thing does not exist.
The road to improvement in golf is steadier and more incremental. One of the things that can make the journey a little easier is building good strong basic fundamentals. As un-sexy as it may be, the importance of maintaining your golf grip, posture, ball position and alignment cannot be overstated. In fact, many swing issues can be traced back to one of these four things, whereby a compensation has been made due to one of these fundamentals being off.
You only have to look up and down the range at any PGA Tour event and you will rarely see a player practising without the aid of some alignment sticks. They simply cannot afford to neglect these basics as the consequences can be severe. Scottie Scheffler for example, diligently uses a practice club with a moulded rubber grip to ensure his grip stays constant from week to week, and as one of the most consistent players in the game, this may be a good example to follow. Check out our guide to the best training aids to see what might help your game.
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A good way to ensure consistent set up habits is to use alignment sticks or clubs to create a station for your practice. You can do this in a number of ways, but my preferred station is to set one stick just outside my ball parallel to the target line.
This gives me a good reference point for both club face alignment and swing path. For the second part of my station, I place another club parallel to my target along my toe line to ensure correct alignment of my feet. The final part is a third…