Friday, September 16, 2011

Practice Schedule #4 - More Short Game Challenges!


Today's blog is a copy of this week's practice schedule.  The team is fresh off a win at the University of Nebraska, so motivation is high!  You will notice in the drills that we are repeating some of the drills we did in the last few weeks.  Also, notice that there is a time limit for all drills and challenges.  The repetition is important because players like to track their practice and see if they are improving.  At practice yesterday, I had two players tell me with a big smile that they got through a drill on the first try for the first time.  That is exactly what we want - mastery!  We want to see progress and success at practice, as well as being challenged with tough tasks.  


The time limits are important for these challenges, because we need to stay focused and not become bored or lose interest.  While I have had "bulldogs" in the past, who could focus on a task until it was accomplished, most players simply lose interest in the task and start to go through the motions.  If each task is interesting, tough and limited by time, players have a good chance of being engaged from beginning to end. 

SMU Women’s Golf
P.S. #4
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Spend 15 minutes each on the following challenges, except wedges:
Putting:
  1. Daily Do It:  3 from 3 ft., 3 from 4 ft., 3 from 5 ft., and one from 6 feet.
  2. Mustang Challenge:  Put 5 tees down around the hole at 10 feet for each tee.  Putt from each tee.  When you make a putt, move the tee back one putter length.  When you have moved a tee twice, pick it up when you make the 3rd putt.

Chipping:
  1. Putt from off of the green until you make one at each hole on the putting green.  Vary the lengths and the surfaces you are rolling the ball through.  Experiment with where the ball is in your stance to find the best roll.
  2. Do the ladder drill.  Lay down four clubs on the green with 10 feet in between.  Land your chip shot in the right rung from 10 feet off, 20 feet off and 30 feet off.  Fix all ball marks.

Bunkers
  1. Find a bunker on one of the practice greens and get 10 balls up and down.  You may only use one ball at a time.  Hit your bunker shot and go putt it out.  Focus!  Use your routine.
  2. Hit 10 bunker shots from a great lie and get at least 5 of them within 5 feet and all 10 of them within 10 feet.  When you accomplish that, hit 5 bunker shots from uphill, downhill, sidehill and fried egg lies and get at least 3 within 10 feet.  If that was easy, use 5 feet as your goals.

Wedges
  1. Find one of the practice greens that isn’t busy.  Put 10 balls down 20 yards away from the hole, 30 yards away, 40 yards away, 50 yards away, and 60 yards away.  All 10 in each pile must land and hold the green.  5 of each pile should end within 10 feet of the hole.  2 of each pile should end within 6 feet of the hole.  This can take you 30 minutes.  Focus!  Go through your routine.  

When you finish, you can work on whatever you need or go play nine.  

Friday:  
Report to duty on either #7 or #16 on the Gold Course at DAC for the Men’s Assoc. Shamble.

Saturday:  Recruit weekend was cancelled due to chicken pox!

Monday:
Team meeting at Elizabeth’s house at 5:30 PM.  Dinner will be served. Plan on at least two hours.  It is about 5 minutes from campus.  We will meet with Dr. Deb Wade after dinner.  Fun stuff!

Tuesday:  OYO

Wednesday:  Play day at Lakewood.
 
Thursday:  
Spend no more than 15 minutes on each challenge.  We will have a trajectory and distance control clinic today.
Putting:
  1. Daily Do it:  3 from 3 ft., 3 from 4 ft., 3 from 5 ft., and one from 6 feet.
  2. Mustang Challenge:  Put 5 tees down around the hole at 10 feet for each tee.  Putt from each tee.  When you make a putt, move the tee back one putter length.  When you have moved a tee twice, pick it up when you make the 3rd putt.
  3. Long Lags – Putt to the string on the green from 25, 35, 45 and 60 feet.  You must get five balls to stop within your putter length from the string.  Your putter must lay down so the string cuts it in half.  
  4. Make 20 in a row from 5 feet.  Go through your routine.  Move around so you don’t make footprints.  

Chipping:  
  1. Chip in with your SW, PW and 9 iron.
  2. Play an up and down game with a teammate.  First one to 10 up and downs wins.  Choose tough spots and putt them all out.  

Bunkers:
  1. Challenge a teammate to a “closest to” contest from a bunker.  First one to 10 points wins.  You can vary the lies.

Wedges:
  1. Go to 100 yards from one of the practice greens.  Hit 3 shots with the same club, one high, one medium and one low.  Continue to do it until you can easily control both your trajectory and distance. 

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