It has been awhile since I posted a practice schedule, so here is our schedule this week. We were paired with OU in the final round at the Clover Cup last week and I took note of what made them one of the best teams in the nation. Their wedge play and course management was the difference between our second place finish and their win. We have a few weeks to focus on wedges before our home event and we will work to tune them up. Tuesday is about being clear on your distances and then owning them with landing the ball on your target. Wednesday has a lot of wedges within a round of golf and Thursday is focused on all facets of short game, with a clear intention of getting the ball in the hole.
Putting is also a big part of our focus at practice. We had 43 birdies as a team at the Clover Cup, which is a sign that we are on the right track with our hard work. With the goal of making birdies, we had a fun qualifier on Sunday. It was a one-day shootout from the front tees. Most birdies earned a spot in the lineup for the top three birdie makers. The team had 38 birdies and 2 eagles (1 ace)! Four birdies wasn't enough to get into the lineup! It was also a great way to work on course management and wedges. I saw a lot of course management mistakes off the tee on a golf course the team has played countless rounds of golf. Our ability to think through our distances, conditions and wind needs to continue to improve if we want to effectively manage the golf course.
Since it was a shootout, the mistakes only hurt in that they took away an opportunity for birdie. Scores didn't count. That created a lot of really positive body language. Players didn't carry one mistake to the next hole. I loved it! I also saw a lot of shots and putts getting to the hole. These are all things we coach and it was great to see them in practice.
SMU Women’s Golf
March 19, 2013
Work with a partner today and do the following:
1. 3X3 Wedge Work-
Use three wedges. Hit 3 shots with each wedge and ½ swing (waist high). Have your partner put a towel down in the middle of the landing area of the three shots. Laser it and write it down. Now hit 7 more shots to the towel using your routine. How many times did you hit it? Repeat with a 2/3 (chest high) swing and a full swing.
Now do the same thing with your other two wedges. When you are finished, you should have distances for nine shots.
Your full swing should be controlled and ear high to ear high, not like a driver swing.
Your technique should have your biceps and chest working together through the swing. Your feet and legs should be quiet and your turn through to the target should be full. If you aren’t hitting shots as you want, take a few swings and feel your swing keys and then go back to the ten shots.
This is also a great drill for tempo. Great wedge players control their tempo and look smooth and unforced.
2. Cross Country Putting –
On the big green by Blue #1, play 18 holes with your partner. Choose holes that are all the way across the green. Talk through the read by breaking the putt into 1/3’s. Fewest 3 putts in 18 holes win. Can anyone play the game with none?
3. One Putt Wonder-
On the big green again, play 18 holes with your partner. Choose the closest hole to you. Most 1 putts wins the game. How many 1 putts did you have?
4. 3 GREAT Shots –
Start with your PW and hit 2 great shots with it. Then hit a great low shot once. A great shot is one that matches the SFT you had prior to hitting it. Choose targets, go through your routine, See it, Feel it, Trust it! Now hit the 9 iron and do the same. Go all the way through your bag. When you get to the 6 iron, you may substitute the low shot with a draw or fade. Can you do the challenge in 33 shots? Are you focused and committed to each shot?
Play Day at Lakewood. Play front tees on 5s, middle tees on 4's and tips on 3's. Drop a ball on each par 4. Use the 3X3 distances. Drop a full wedge, a full sw and a full gap or lob wedge, then a 2/3 shot for each and finish the last par 4’s with a ½ shot. If you have someone behind you, please don’t hold up play with extra balls.
Today’s theme: Get it in the hole! All shots will be putted out!
1. Get 10 balls up and down from the fringe on chips of 45 to 60 feet. Please use your routine and SFT! How many shots did it take to get 10?
2. Get 10 balls up and down from the greenside bunker. You may only hit 2 balls at a time to each hole cut (total of 4 per turn). Alternate target holes with each shot. Please use your routine and SFT! How many bunker shots did it take to get 10 up and down?
3. Get 10 balls up and down from 30-50 yards from the green. You may only hit 2 balls at a time to each hole cut (total of 4 per turn). Alternate target holes with each shot. Please use your routine and SFT! How many pitch shots did it take you to get 10 up and down.
4. Get 5 balls up and down from 50-100 yards from the green. You may only hit 3 balls at a time to each hole cut (total of 6 per turn). Alternate target holes with each shot. Please use your routine and SFT! How many pitch shots did it take you to get 5 up and down?
5. Get 2 balls up and down from 100-120 yards from the green. You may only hit 3 balls at a time to each hole cut (total of 6 per turn). Alternate target holes with each shot. Please use your routine and SFT! How many iron shots did it take you to get 2 up and down?
6. Get 1 ball up and down from 135 yards. Same deal as above.
7. Get 1 ball up and down from 150 yards. Ditto
Spend some time putting with a teammate. Challenge her to a few games. Talk through your SFT with her prior to putting.